Cash prize and grant awarded during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2016 conference
Dunedin, Florida, USA (March 16, 2016) – Ocean Optics, the industry leader in modular spectroscopy applications and products, recently named Wentao Wang from Florida State University the winner of the 2016 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award.
The Young Investigator Award is presented to a researcher who is a graduate student or has completed their graduate work in the last five years and is the primary author of the best juried paper submitted as part of the “Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications XI” conference at the 2016 BiOS/Photonics West Symposium. The honor includes a $1,000 investigator award and a $2,000 company grant to the lab where the work was performed.
Wang was honored for the paper titled “Design of a multi-coordinating polymer as a platform for functionalizing metal, metal oxide and semiconductor nanocrystals,” coauthored by Xin Ji (Florida State University), Ocean Nanotech, LLC, Anshika Kapur (Florida State University), and advisor Dr. Hedi Mattoussi (Florida State University). The award was presented by Dr. David Creasey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ocean Optics, and Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference co-chairs Dr. Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-Univ. Marburg) and Dr. Marek Osinski (The Univ. of New Mexico).
The paper “Comparison of Fe2O3 and Fe2CoO4 core-shell plasmonic nanoparticles for aptamer mediated SERS assays,” by Haley Marks (Texas A&M University) and advisor Dr. Gerard L. Coté, was recognized as runner up.
Ocean Optics has sponsored the Young Investigator Award since 2005 and has long supported young scientists from around the world through sponsorships, grant programs and partnership.
“Ocean Optics spectroscopic technologies are well suited to biomedical applications, where measurement flexibility is valued,” said Ocean Optics’ Creasey. “It’s very exciting for us to collaborate with researchers at the forefront of new developments in nanotechnology and life sciences applications.”