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University of York academic receives prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award

Posted on 29 October 2015

A physicist from the University of York has won a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Professor Thomas Krauss

Professor Thomas Krauss is one of 15 new Wolfson Research Merit Award holders announced by the Royal Society - the UK’s national academy of science.

Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

Professor Krauss says his project will push the size of biosensors to the wavelength-limit of light, allowing him to “explore novel biological questions.”

He said: “What excites me is to use the advances we have achieved in my nanophotonics work and apply them to biological problems.

“ I want to answer questions that cannot be answered with conventional techniques, while at the same time developing these techniques further, which I see as a beautiful example of interdisciplinarity driving innovation.

“The ethos at York is exceptionally suited for such cross-disciplinary work, and I Iook forward to many stimulating interactions with my colleagues in the biomedical sciences.”   

The Wolfson Foundation is a charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health and disability, education and the arts and humanities.

Founded in 1955, the Foundation has awarded more than £800 million to some 10,000 projects over the last 60 years.

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