Professor Sang-Hyuk Lee and his Rutgers team (Shishir Chundawat, Eric Lam, and Laura Fabris), along with collaborators at Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, received a $1.5M DOE award for this study. Lee's lab will employ optical tweezers, a technique developed by 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics winner Arthur Ashki that uses the electric field and radiation pressure of a focused laser beam to grab microscopic objects with sub-nanonewton force, to study molecular and cellular forces involved in bioenergy relevant plant cell wall synthesis in living cells.
- 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2018/press-release
- DOE grant: https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-announces-40-million-bio-based-research
- Read about the $1.5M DOE grant at the Daily Targum
- Read more at Rutgers SAS news website