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Ming Su, Ph.D., an assistant professor at NanoScience Technology Center and Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering, was recently awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from National Science Foundation, for his research, “Biosensing in Thermal Space”.

This five year project will allow him to explore a new biosensing technique based on solid-liquid phase change nanoparticles. Instead of using traditional transduction mechanisms based on optical, magnetic, electric, mechanical, or electrochemical signals, the new thermal signal transduction can be used to detect over thousand biomarkers at the same time with high sensitivity and without signal overlapping. Its potential use in multiple cancer biomarker detection could dramatically enhance detect reliability by reducing false positive and false negative detections, which have been major issues of existing single biomarker detections. Read more from UCF’s Office of Research and Commercialization.