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Dr. Ed Kinzel, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has recently received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for young faculty members for his research “Large Scale Manufacturing of Metasurfaces Using Microsphere Photolithography.” The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award is the NSF's “most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”
Dr. Kinzel and his team are using self-assembled microsphere arrays as an optical element for low-cost large-area fabrication of infrared and visible metasurfaces to control thermal transport, sensing, energy harvesting, and planar optics. This includes both far-field and near-field applications and involves hierarchical patterning sub-micrometer structures over m2 areas. These are widely made with much more expensive direct-write tools such as e-beam lithography or focused ion beam with costs exceeding $1M/m2. They are making functional devices at less than $500/m2 and the grant will allow them to reduce this to less than $10/m2. This is key to the practical implementation of these devices and also enables engagement because of the dramatically reduced cost.
Kinzel joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2012 following a postdoc in the Infrared Systems Laboratory (UCF:CREOL/UNCC: Physics and Optical Science). He earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2010. Dr. Kinzel has developed a Thermal Radiation Laboratory (http://web.mst.edu/~mstradlab/) at Missouri S&T.
Kinzel will receive $500,000 over the next five years for this award.