The National Science Foundation will award the University of Rochester a $284,956 grant to fund photonics research that will help train graduate students in optics and polymer science, according to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
The U of R will use the grant to study water-soluble polymers capable of light emission, and work to develop them for the biomedical imaging of tumors and the detection of proteins and DNA sequences.
“Rochester’s home-grown photonics industry is helping reinvigorate our manufacturing sector and develop the advanced skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy,” Slaughter stated. “This funding builds on the historic investments we’re making in the photonics industry right here in Monroe County.”
The university’s research team will also use the materials to develop hands-on activities as part of a summer course, and for exhibitions at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.