New doctoral student, Tian Jiang, joins the Cao Research group at the University of Florida. He received his bachelors degree from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University and has a masters degree from University of California-Irvine.
New post-doctoral researcher, Qiang Zhang, joins the Cao Research Group at the University of Florida. He previously worked at the University of Texas-Arlington as a post-doc. He is originally from China.
Mallory Vila, a Florida high school student in the Student Science Training Program through the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training, works with the Cao Group and learns to synthesize nanoparticles. She received one of 5 Florida Alliance Scholarships and presented a poster on her research.
Derek LaMontagne, a doctoral student who received his Master of Science degree in Chemistry from UF in 2009, joins the Cao Research Group. He has a Bachelor of Science in both Chemistry and Mathematics from the College of William and Mary.
Ms. Huimeng Wu, a student of Prof. Charles Cao’s, was recently awarded the Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship Award by the Association for Academic Women at the 11th Annual Women’s History Month Awards Reception. Huimeng is the first chemistry student to receive this award. Congratulations to Huimeng!
Professor Y. Charles Cao has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution.
Cao’s CAREER project, “Position-Controlled Doping of Semiconductor Nanocrystals,” is funded at about $500,000 for five years from the Solid-State and Materials Chemistry Program of NSF. The CAREER project will develop a general approach for making high-quality semiconductor nanocrystals doped with position-controlled impurities. These nanocrystals are a new class of doping-based nanostructures, which are important to the development of technological applications in biomedical diagnosis, photocatalysts, solar cells, LEDs, spintronic devices, etc.
Cao joined the University of Florida faculty in August, 2003.
Dr. Charles Cao received an award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for a study on the mechanistic understanding of nanocrystal formation. Cao’s research focuses on addressing the problems that are at the interface of nanochemistry and bio-analytical chemistry. In particular, his research starts from three directions: nanocrystal synthesis, nanocrystal assembly, and nanocrystals for use as biological markers.