UC San Diego Nanoengineering and Chemical Engineering Professor Sheng Xu Named Finalist for Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Sheng Xu is being recognized for innovative efforts to enable continuous-monitoring technology for future healthcare
August 7, 2023: University of California San Diego nanoengineering and chemical engineering professor Sheng Xu has been named a Finalist for the 2023 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. This nationwide awards program celebrates the most innovative, faculty-ranked scientists and engineers in the United States who are under the age of 42.
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering professor Sheng Xu is being honored for his efforts in advancing wearable electronics with integrated deep-tissue sensors, multilayered configurations, and novel photovoltaic power sources, enabling continuous-monitoring technology for future healthcare. He is a Finalist in the Physical Sciences & Engineering category of the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards.
|University of California San Diego nanoengineering and
chemical engineering professor Sheng Xu has been named
a Finalist for the 2023 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.
“I’m thrilled to share this wonderful recognition with my entire research team here at UC San Diego. We are working hard to improve both human health and renewable energy ecosystems, and thanks to hard work, creativity and fruitful collaboration, we are moving the needle in multiple areas. It’s such an exciting time to be an engineering researcher focused on the deepest challenges to real-world problems facing our society,” said Sheng Xu.
At the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, nanoengineering and chemical engineering professor Xu leads the Sheng Xu Research Group. He is also part of the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors, the UC San Diego Sustainable Power and Energy Center, and the UC San Diego Program in Materials Science and Engineering.
“I’m proud to give my hearty congratulations to nano and chemical engineering professor Sheng Xu. This national recognition from the Blavatnik Awards is a testament to the positive impact Sheng and his team are having in multiple fields of research,” said Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.
In May 2023, Sheng Xu and his team published a pair of influential papers reporting a fully integrated ultrasound system for deep-tissue monitoring and an ultrasound system for effectively measuring tissue stiffness, which could help treat cancer, sports injuries and more. In January 2023, the team published on their powerful new ultrasound sensor system for cardiac imaging that even works during a workout.
Three independent juries for the Blavatnik National Awards—one each for life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering—were composed of some of the country’s most distinguished scientists. The juries selected three winning laureates and 28 finalists. The 2023 Blavatnik National Awards received 267 nominations from 134 institutions in 38 U.S. states. Nominees must be faculty-level scientific researchers, 42 years of age or younger.
“I congratulate all the laureates and finalists whose outstanding research gives us hope for the future,” saidâ€¯Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries. He is head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation and a member of theâ€¯President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences.
The 2023 announcement was made recently by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and theâ€¯New York Academy of Sciences.
Nicholas B. Dirks, president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences noted that the 2023 awardees demonstrate the great significance of science for advancing the public good.
The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists will celebrate the 2023 laureates and finalists in a ceremony on Sept. 19 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Jacobs School of Engineering