November 22, 2005
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) graduate student Bo Li won second place in the Best Student Paper Award competition at the IEEE Sensors 2005 Conference in Irvine, CA. His paper, "Volatile Organic Compound Discrimination Using Nanostructured Polythiophene Sensors," was based on research on chemical nano-sensors undertaken with his advisor, David Lambeth, Professor of ECE and Materials Science and Engineering, and a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
As one of the ten finalists for the Best Student Paper Award, Li was invited to deliver a judged oral presentation, in addition to his scheduled talk. After being selected for the top three, he was presented with an award certificate, a plaque, and prize money. The contest was sponsored by Samsung.
The work for the paper is the result of a nanotechnology project with collaborators from many Carnegie Mellon departments and sponsorship by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and NIOSH. Other authors from ECE are Professors David Lambeth and Gary Fedder; Suresh Santhanam, Process Engineer; and graduate student Aaron Kusne. Chemistry Department authors include: Professor Tomasz Kowalewski; Richard McCullough, Dean of the Mellon College of Science; graduate students Rui Zhang and Jessica Cooper; Malika Jeffries-El, Postdoctoral Researcher; Mihaela Iovu, Visiting Assistant Professor; and Genevieve Sauvé, Postdoctoral Researcher. Authors from the Robotics Institute are faculty members Lee Weiss and Lawrence Schultz. Additionally, senior Joseph Revelli from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Jay Snyder, a project officer from NIOSH, are also co-authors.