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Ocean Optics Names Winner of 2015 Young Investigator Award

Cash prize and grant awarded during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2015 conference

Ocean Optics, the industry leader in modular spectroscopy applications and products, recently named Amelie Heuer-Jungemann from the University of Southampton, UK the winner of the 2015 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award.

Young Investigator Award 2015

Pictured (from left to right) at the February 9, 2015 presentation of the 2015 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award are co-chairs of the Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference Dr. Xing-Jie Liang of the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Dr. Wolfgang Parak of Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Dr. Marek Osinski of the University of New Mexico; award recipient Amelie Heuer-Jungemann of the University of South Hampton; and Dr. David Creasey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ocean Optics. Photo courtesy of SPIE.

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 Quantum Dots for Biomedical Applications IX” conference at the 2015 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.

Heuer-Jungemann was honored for the paper titled “Programming nanoparticle assembly,” coauthored with Antonios G. Kanaras (Univ. of Southampton, UK). Their work describes achievements in nanoparticle self-organization using various chemical tools. The award was presented by Dr. David Creasey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ocean Optics, and Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference chairs Dr. Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-Univ. Marburg), Dr. Marek Osinski (The Univ. of New Mexico), and Dr. Xing-Jie Liang (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology).

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. According to Osinski, this year saw a record 80 submissions for the award.

“The quantity and caliber of entries this year are indicative of the enthusiasm with which this next generation of researchers has embraced the power of spectroscopy to protect and improve the quality of life for people worldwide,” said Creasey. “At Ocean Optics, we know we’ve only scratched the surface of the applications where spectroscopy can be applied.”