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Dr. Heng Pan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a big boost from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his efforts to create large-scale nanostructures from very small nanocrystals.
Pan received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project, “Laser Direct Writing of Three-Dimensional Functional Nanostructures.” The five-year, $500,000 award will support his research to develop a new approach for direct fabrication of functional nanostructures from multiple materials. The research could lead to advances in solar cell and battery technology, nanophotonics (the study of how light behaves on the nanometer scale), and the development of metamaterials, which are materials engineered to exhibit properties not found in naturally occurring materials.