Gabor’s Research Paper Honored

Nathaniel Gabor

Nathaniel Gabor

A research paper by Nathaniel Gabor, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, received one of the three “Best Paper Awards for 2014” at the 2014 SPIE Optics + Photonics Meeting in August in San Diego, Calif., that had more than 3,000 presenters in the fields of optical spectroscopy and photonics research. The conference is the largest international conference for optics and related fields.

The award, which recognizes originality, depth of research, significance of findings and historical interest, was presented to Gabor at SPIE Optics + Photonics: Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, and Associated Devices by the conference chairs for his research on graphene optoelectronics.

Gabor joined UC Riverside in 2013. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2010 after which he was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT until 2013. His research is focused on the discovery of new quantum phenomena in atomically thin two-dimensional electronic materials. His lab also focuses on optoelectronic measurements of nanoscale quantum materials.

The paper he presented at the meeting was titled “Atomically thin optoelectronics: the ideal semi-metal and the insurmountable insulator.” It described his recent work on atomically thin optoelectronics incorporating graphene and discussed how stacking atomically thin materials makes the exploration of new types of optoelectronic devices possible.

Graphene, an atomically thin sheet of hexagonally oriented carbon, is a zero band gap conductor (semi-metal) that exhibits extraordinary electronic behavior and broadband optical absorption. Hexagonal boron nitride, which shares a similar structure to that of graphene, is a highly insulating electronic material that does not absorb any light in the visible spectrum. By combining graphene and boron nitride into ultrathin vertical stacks, Gabor demonstrated the fabrication of novel optoelectronic devices that exhibit highly sensitive optical response, yet are only as thick as the width of a DNA molecule.

The award is accompanied by a modest cash prize.

Chobdee Wins American Public Health Association’s College-Based Leadership Award

In recognition of her efforts to help eliminate on-campus tobacco use across the University of California system, UCR Wellness Program Coordinator Julie Chobdee has been named recipient of the American Public Health Association’s 2014 College-Based Leadership Award.

The award recognizes individuals for outstanding effort in a college-based campaign to reduce alcohol, tobacco or other drug use among college-age students. Chobdee will receive the award at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Nov. 18.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for my work leading the UC Smoke/Tobacco-Free efforts,” Chobdee said. “I’m very excited and proud to be part of this public health endeavor and know this has, and will continue to, make a huge impact on the health and safety of our entire UC community.”

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