Microscale Life Sciences Center - An NIH Center of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS)

Jen, University of Washington

The Jen lab utilizes molecular, polymeric, and biomacromolecular self-assembly to create ordered arrangement of functional materials for photonics, opto-electronics, nanomedicine, and nanotechnology.

Director: Alex K-Y. Jen, PhD

Professor Alex Jen joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as the Boeing-Johnson Professor in December 1999. He also has a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He has amassed a considerable amount of expertise from both industrial and academic research in the areas of synthesis, characterization, and device fabrication of organic functional materials. The focus of his interdisciplinary research group is on the synthesis and characterization of organic functional materials/polymers that possess novel optical, electrical, and biological properties. For the past few years, his group has concentrated on the development of new synthetic methodologies of making highly efficient, processible, and thermally stable chromophores, dendrimers, and polymers for nonlinear optical and light-emitting applications. In addition, he is collaborating with physicists and biologists to evaluate the suitability of using these materials for two-photon absorbing studies, such as two-photon microscopy for deep tissue imaging, 3-D microfabrication for photonic crystals and optical memory, and photodynamic therapy for the treatments of cancer tumors. His programs is currently funded by several government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Research Office (ARO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Institute of Health (NIH), and National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), and Washington Technology Center (WTC). In addition, he is also funded by several industrial partners, such as the Intel, Lockheed-Martin, Advanced Electroluminescence Sciences, Lumera, and Telephotonics.