UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Chris Giebink, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant as part of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).
He is one of only 42 scientists and engineers from 32 research institutions to receive a YIP grant.
Giebink's proposal, titled "Complex index and nonlinearity modulation in organic photonic composites," aims to develop a new class of optical materials made from small molecules and polymers that control the flow of light in photonic integrated circuits to enable unidirectional properties and efficient frequency conversion.
He will work with Charles Lee, AFOSR's program manager of the Polymer Chemistry Task in the Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences.
The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received a doctorate or equivalent degrees in the last five years, and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
The objective of the program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.
Giebink joined Penn State in 2011 following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory.
His research interests highlight the combination of organic and inorganic materials in optoelectronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on applications for solar energy conversion and storage, and the behavior of charge carriers, excited states and light-matter interaction in disordered and nanostructured semiconductors.
Giebink is also a recipient of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Young Faculty Award. He holds four patents and is a member of the Optical Society of America, the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society.
He received bachelor's degrees in engineering science and physics from Trinity University and a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University.