The University of Texas at Austin

Loo receives New Faculty Award

     Lynn Loo, assistant professor of chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of the 2002 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. This prestigious $40,000 unrestricted research grant is given to new faculty starting their first tenure-track appointments at research institutions who “will produce an independent body of scholarship of outstanding quality, and will make significant contributions to overall education in the chemical sciences.”

     Dr. Loo’s research concentrates on the emerging area of ‘plastic electronics’.  While silicon-based electronics are ubiquitous today, fabricating circuits with organic and polymeric materials offers several potential advantages: plastic electronics are lightweight, and flexible instead of brittle; they can be easily fabricated over large areas; and the cost per unit area is potentially very low.  As a result, plastic electronics are considered for applications where silicon is poorly suited, ranging from flat-panel displays, to inexpensive tags for inventory control and package tracking, to “wearable” electronics.