University of Dayton lands $1.5M grant to develop ‘super-resolution’ imaging tech


With federal funding in hand, a University of Dayton professor is creating a high-tech imaging system that will allow researchers to observe structures up to 10,000 times smaller than a human hair.

Chenglong Zhao, associate professor of physics and electro-optics at UD, received a four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop the imaging system. The $1.5 million grant runs through July 2025.

Using microspheres and acoustic waves, the system will scan objects to produce “super-resolution” images of structures as small as 10 nanometers. To put that into perspective, the average human fingernail grows at a rate of 1 nanometer per second.

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Story excerpt provided by Dayton Business Journal.

Written by Jacob Fisher.

Originally published November 5, 2021.

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