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Doctoral student wins Materials Research Society Silver Award

December 13, 2016

Kun Wang is the first UGA student to receive the prestigious MRS research award.

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Kun Wang, a doctoral student in department of physics and astronomy in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia, received a Materials Research Society (MRS) graduate student award for research he presented at the recent 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Wang won the award for his work on designing molecular-scale electronics, research that could pave the way toward smaller and more powerful electronic devices. Working with his faculty adviser, Binqian Xu, a professor in the College of Engineering, and a team of other researchers, Wang helped investigate the use of single DNA-based molecules as a replacement for conventional electronic diodes. The team’s research was published in the journal Nature Chemistry.

"It’s a great honor, especially to be the first student from UGA to receive the award," said Wang. "I was surprised to be selected as a finalist because I was competing with some very talented student researchers."

Read the full post on the UGA College of Engineering site.

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