Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund announces awards
May 11, 2012
Princeton University recently announced three recipients of grants from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. This year, awarded projects include a new method for measuring nitrogen, a simplified quantum computer and a nanolab so small it can conduct research inside of a human cell.
"Through the generosity of Eric and Wendy Schmidt, we are able to support projects that have the potential to change the way we live through innovative research," said A.J. Stewart Smith, dean for research and the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics. "The three projects are inspiring and imaginative, and have tremendous possibilities for making profound advancements in our knowledge of the world around us."
Assistant professor of electrical engineering Gerard Wysocki and Dusenbury professor of geological and geophysical sciences Daniel Sigman were awarded $700,000 from the Schmidt Fund for the development of the new nitrogen measurement method. Assistant professors of electrical engineering Andrew Houck and Hakan Tureci received a $350,000 grant from the fund to develop what they call a "no-frills" quantum computer that can answer very targeted questions about quantum phenomena. Lastly, associate professor of chemistry Haw Yang will be given $700,000 for a nanolab that can enter a living cell, measure and report pH level, temperature and electric field.
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