UCSC.edu | July 3, 2019 | By Tim Stephens

Holger Schmidt, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Cruz, has been chosen to receive the Engineering Achievement Award of the IEEE Photonics Society.

The award recognizes Schmidt and his long-time collaborator, Aaron Hawkins at Brigham Young University, for “the invention and development of optofluidic waveguides and their applications, in particular commercialization for biomedical diagnostics.”

The hollow-core optical waveguides they developed can be integrated into chips using standard silicon fabrication technology, enabling light propagation through tiny volumes of liquids on a chip. Diagnostic instruments based on these “optofluidic chips” offer the potential for a rapid, low-cost, and portable option for identifying molecular biomarkers and other disease-related bioparticles such as whole viruses.

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