2019 NSF CAREER Award Winners

Josep Jornet and Peter Liu recognized by the National Science Foundation

The CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. The awards are given to outstanding scientists who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education, and the integration of education and research. The reviewing, award and selection process is one of the most competitive within the NSF.

Josep Miquel Jornet

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Debunking myths about terahertz communication networks and proving the feasibility of ultra-fast wireless communications at terahertz frequencies.

Professor Jornet is the Director of the Ultra-broadband Nano Communication and Networking Laboratory. His current research interests are in Terahertz-band communication networks, Nanophotonic wireless communication, Wireless Nano-bio-sensing Networks, and the Internet of Nano-Things. 

Professor Jornet will use the grant to develop networking protocols for wireless communications at terahertz-band frequencies. Theoretically, these frequencies can support 1,000 times faster connections than current state-of-the-art wireless devices. The protocols will be tested in a one-of-a-kind testbed developed at UB. Terahertz-based communication networks are expected to play a key role in 6G cellular systems, and wearable and implantable devices, Jornet says.

In addition to partnering with local and regional public schools, he will use the award to help establish an international visiting scholar program at UB aimed at attracting students from the United States, Europe and Asia to Buffalo.

Peter Qiang Liu

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Combining the advantages of the emerging field of graphene plasmonics and the relatively mature platform of semiconductor heterostructures to develop new types of compact, tunable, cost-effective and versatile devices that emit light in the terahertz to mid-infrared spectral region.

Professor Liu's research involves Mid-infrared and THz optoelectronics and photonics; graphene and other 2D materials based devices and systems; strongly correlated electron materials; quantum optics; quantum cascade lasers; chemical and biological sensing. 

Professor Liu will use the award to develop new sensing and imaging techniques that could drive the development of new technologies in health care, environmental protection, homeland security, renewable energy and more. Specifically, he will investigate the advantages of combining the emerging field of graphene plasmonics and the relatively mature platform of semiconductor heterostructures. The goal is to develop new types of compact, cost-effective and versatile devices which emit light in the terahertz to mid-infrared spectral regions.

He will also lead and participate in outreach programs, including interactive scientific demos, in public schools to help stimulate students’ interest in science and engineering.

Published April 5, 2019