Assistant Professor Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Assistant Professor Ming Lee Tang

Ming Lee Tang, an assistant professor of chemistry at UC Riverside, has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for her research with nanoparticles that could have a strong impact on the solar power industry and biomedical fields.

Awarded annually since 1955, Sloan Research Fellowships honor early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. The two-year, $60,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers.

“I am happy to get it,” Tang said, referring to the fellowship.

Tang, who has been at UC Riverside since 2012, is focused on designing, synthesizing and characterizing hybrid organic-inorganic nanocrystal-based materials. Her lab uses the toolbox of synthetic chemistry to create novel nanostructures that have synergy between soft matter and traditional semiconductor materials.

Tang recently co-authored a paper that outlines a new way to make solar energy conversion more efficient. The ability to utilize the infrared portion of the solar spectrum could boost the efficiency in generating solar power by 30 percent or more.

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