Dr. Debashis Chanda, a University of Central Florida professor with a joint appointments in the NanoScience Technology Center and College of Optics and Photonics, leads the Nano-Optics Research Group, which has received several notable awards recently.
Chanda and his graduate student, Daniel Franklin, were awarded with the 2016 Displaying Futures Award from Merck, a Germany-based world leader in liquid-display technologies.
Merck selected Chanda’s plasmatic full-color display project as its top pick from 30 others in an exclusive, invitation-only competition. According to Merck, the goal of the new award is to identify new display applications and support further development of the materials. As part of the prize, UCF’s team will receive mentoring from experts within and outside of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, access to a global network, and financial support, including $50,000 in seed money. To read more about this award, read the rest of the article at UCF Today.
In addition, Chanda was also awarded the Northrop Grumman National Innovation Award and received a $100,000 research fund. Member of Chanda’s research group, Alireza Safaei and Daniel Franklin, received the Northrop Grumman Graduate Fellowships of $10,000 and $3,000 respectively.
Please join us in congratulating Debashis on his accomplishments, as well as those of the Nano-Optics Research Group under his leadership!