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Xu wins ONR young investigator award

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Ting Xu
Ting Xu

April 2009

Ting Xu, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Department of Chemistry, has won a major award from the Young Investigator Program of the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR).

As one of 15 award recipients selected from 193 proposals submitted for the highly competitive program, Xu will receive a three-year research grant of up to $510,000.

Say Xu, "I am grateful for the ONR's support. Their research and instrumentation funding will enable the growth of our young research group and expand the scope of our exploration."

Xu's research group works on the design, synthesis, and characterization of de novo designed peptides that serve as building blocks for functional biomaterials. The group also seeks to understand the hierarchical self-assembly of complex systems involving artificial proteins, block copolymers, and nanoparticles.

ONR's young investigators are considered among the top academic researchers in the country. The program has been in place at ONR since 1985, recognizing research achievements, potential for continued outstanding research efforts, and strong support and commitment from their respective universities and research institutions.

The Young Investigator Program identifies and supports academic scientists and engineers who have received a doctorate or equivalent degrees within the past five years and who show exceptional promise for doing cutting-edge research.

The program's objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members of institutions of higher education to the Department of the Navy's research program, support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

ONR is a leader in science and technology funding with links to 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 uniformed, civilian and contract personnel.

For more information on the YIP program, go to

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