The Noble Family Innovation Fund, established with a $10 million philanthropic commitment to the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, supports basic and translational research involving interactions on the nanoscale - measured in billionths of a meter. Funding is earmarked for projects with substantial promise for commercialization and societal impact. The goal is to create a model for academic research and entrepreneurship that enables strategic investment to seed discoveries that have the potential to be translated for the public good.
Xiangfeng Duan is heading a project to advance photonics - energy-efficient technologies that use particles of light in place of the electrons used in electronics - for applications such as artificial intelligence and image capture.
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