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September 29, 2004

UW chemist Daniel Gamelin earns Presidential Early Career Award

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A University of Washington chemist whose work focuses on developing new inorganic semiconductor materials is among 57 researchers who this month received Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Daniel Gamelin was one of 20 scientists and engineers nominated by the National Science Foundation for the award, which was first presented in 1996 and is considered the highest honor for professionals at the beginning of their independent research careers.

John Marburger, the president’s science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, presented the awards earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

Gamelin earned a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Ore., and a doctorate from Stanford University. He joined the UW faculty in 2000 after a postdoctoral appointment in Switzerland.

His research group currently is developing new routes for preparing a variety of magnetic semiconductor nanocrystals and thin films that might be used in emerging spin-based electronics technologies, or “spintronics.” One area of emphasis is understanding the chemistry of how nanocrystals grow when magnetic impurities are present. Another is understanding how to control the magnetic properties of materials to make them useful for device applications.

The processes his group uses allows nanocrystals to be incorporated into glass, polymers or ordered arrays, offering many new possibilities for nanotechnology involving magnetic semiconductors.


For more information, contact Gamelin at (206) 685-0901 or gamelin@chem.washington.edu