March 18, 2004
Vol. 23 No. 12

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    Congjun Wang, a Ph.D. student in Chemistry, received a Gold Award from the Materials Research Society at its fall meeting in December 2003. This award is given to 15 graduate students who author or co-author symposium papers that exemplify significant and timely research.

    Wang’s paper described how injecting electrons into nanometer-size semiconductor crystals (quantum dots) could lead to extraordinary optical and electronic properties, including an enhancement of electrical conduction by a trillion times.

    His observations open up possibilities for using quantum dots as building blocks for future optical and electronic devices.