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