Jinglei Ping — an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and an associated faculty member in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences — has received a highly sought-after Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
The DURIP program supports universities in acquiring essential laboratory equipment usually out of reach for most research grants.
Ping will use the grant towards the acquisition of a $150,000, atomic-scale, thin-film processing system (ATPS). This system will provide the Ping Lab and UMass Amherst with a key tool for high-performance modification of two-dimensional materials – materials with only one atom thickness and outstanding novel physicochemical properties.
As Ping explains, “The ATPS is highly controllable for modifying two-dimensional materials at atomic scale with unprecedented uniformity and stability.”
Ping says that the ATPS will enhance the quality of his $450,000 project currently being supported by the prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Young Investigator Program (YIP) with the goal of developing an all-electronic platform technology based on defect-engineered, two-dimensional materials for interfacing biosystems at multiscale.
The Ping Lab is focused on determining the fundamental principles governing applications of nanomaterials and nanomaterial-based device structures in biotechnology, healthcare, environmental monitoring, and so on. (July 2022)