Dr. Chung Hoon Lee, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Marquette University, was recently named one of the 2013 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award recipients.
Lee, an expert in nanotechnology, is leading the way to develop a new nanotechnology lab in Engineering Hall which will increase the College of Engineering’s research and expertise in the area of smart sensor systems.
The Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.
During Lee’s sabbatical, he hopes to develop a device that will allow suspension of a single molecule for study. He also hopes to develop new methods for the detection, identification, and manipulation of single molecules based on a wide range of chemical interactions.
According to Lee, current technology only allows researchers to utilize just one of several possible physical phenomena to investigate the properties of single molecules. “This research has the potential for a deeper understanding of single molecule behavior,” Lee said.
The Way Klingler Young Scholar Award is a part of the Way Klingler Faculty Development Program which is intended to advance research and scholarship. This program was made possible through an $18 million donation from Helen Way Klingler in May 2004.