Andrew Lohn Receives National Awards from American Vacuum Society

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Andrew Lohn (left) and Professor Nobuhiko Kobayashi

Andrew Lohn, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering at UC Santa Cruz, received national recognition in November 2011 with a pair of competitive awards from the American Vacuum Society (AVS) at its 58th International Symposium and Exhibition held in Nashville, Tennessee. The AVS is an international organization dedicated to advancing the science and technology of materials, interfaces and processing at all stages from basic chemistry, physics, and mathematics to commercialization.

The AVS awarded one of three $1,000 Graduate Research Awards to Andrew in recognition of his work with Professor Nobuhiko Kobayashi in establishing the Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR) facility at the Advanced Studies Laboratories (ASL), as well as for his work focused on the growth, characterization, and modeling of optically active nanocrystals. The ASL, comprised of fifteen affiliate member laboratories and located at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA is one of UC Santa Cruz' growing research and academic efforts in Silicon Valley. 

In addition to the Graduate Research Award, Andrew was also selected as one of the three finalists for the Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology Division award for his work using nanotechnology to develop materials that may be able to more efficiently convert heat to electricity at lower costs using nontoxic elements. If successful, these materials could make a major impact in the generation of green energy, while reducing the nation's global carbon footprint and its dependence on foreign oil. As a finalist, he was awarded an additional $500, as well as waived registration and travel reimbursement to attend the AVS international symposium in Nashville. These awards total the maximum value that can be distributed by AVS to a student at the symposium.

Andrew previously received recognition from the Northern California section of AVS in February 2011 in the form of a best student presentation and $250 cash award for his work in developing various precision controlled vacuum deposition systems. He has also recently received further recognition from NASA and the University Affiliated Research Center with a best student presentation award valued at $1,500 that described the use of nanotechnology in developing materials that convert heat to electricity.