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Date:3/7/2013

ded to determine that there are no serious side affects in humans and whether the technique will work on a variety of cancers, but Belfield is optimistic.

"Predicting commercialization is difficult at best," he said. "But we are well situated to forge ahead".

So how did Belfield come up with such an "outside the box" approach? His other non-medical related research was the inspiration.

Belfield has developed a three-dimensional, optical data-storage system, which involves the use of acid generators. About six years ago he wondered if his approach could have applications in medical therapy.

"It took about five years to get someone in my research group interested to take on the unorthodox project," Belfield said. "But it seems to have paid off."

Other contributors to the research are Xiling Yue, Ciceron O. Yanez and Sheng Yao, researchers and students at UCF students focusing on chemistry or photonics.

Belfield is one of the pioneers in two-photon absorbing materials, two-photon photochemistry, and two-photon photophysics. His research spans a number of disciplines including organic, polymer, and physical chemistry, as well as optics, optical microscopy, and bioimaging. His research has potential applications in everything from the way people store data on DVDs to fighting cancer.


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Contact: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala
zenaida.kotala@ucf.edu
407-823-6120
University of Central Florida
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