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Date:9/13/2010

2006 as part of the Arizona Institute of Nano-Electronics at ASU.

That center took on many "seed" programs in support of industry needs and business start-ups. Its research has been led by faculty in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering including Cun-Zheng Ning, Junseok Chae, Rudy Diaz, Dragica Vasileska, Hongbin Yu and Shane Johnson and the Department of Physics in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences including Fernando Ponce, David J. Smith, and Kong-Thon Tsen.

Their projects have helped to attract more than $7 million in research awards in the past two years.

The center also restructured and expanded curriculum to bolster the quality of instruction in photonics and optoelectronics at ASU to meet needs of the growing number of graduate students attracted to these fields.

Most recently, some of the center's research leaders were awarded more than $2 million from the Army Research Office, through the highly competitive Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program of the U.S. Department of Defense.

The grant will fund ASU researchers' role in a collaborative project with other leading research universities to study fundamental aspects of the use of semiconductor superlattices for advanced laser and infrared photodetector technology applications.

It was the third MURI grant awarded to ASU faculty members since 2004 for research related to photonics and semiconductor optoeletronics.

In addition to Zhang, work at the new Center for Photonics Innovation will be led by electrical engineers Ning, Diaz, Yu and Vasileska, along with Stephen Goodnick, Ron Roedel and Brian Skromme, materials engineer Jian Li, bioengineer Bruce Towe, and physicists Ponce, Smith, Tsen, Jose Menendez and Martha McCartney.


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Contact: Joe Kullman
joe.kullman@asu.edu
480-965-8122
Arizona State University
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