CU’s Xiaobo Yin among scientist inventors named 2017 Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows

Tuesday November 7, 2017 0 comments Tags: Xiaobo Yin, CU Boulder, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

PALO ALTO -- Xiaobo Yin, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at CU Boulder, has been named a 2017 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Inventor Fellow.

Yin was recognized for his invention, which involves a tailored optical metamaterial that can convert incident sunlight into longer wavelengths, dramatically increasing the rate of photosynthesis to provide high-yield crop production.moore-foundation-logo

Other winners in this year’s Fellows cohort include Jennifer Dionne, Stanford; Viviana Gradinaru, Caltech; Daniel Ludois, UW Madison; and Matthew Sheldon, Texas A&M.

Each fellow receives a total of $825,000 over three years to drive their invention forward, including $50,000 per year from their home institution. Starting with five fellows in 2016, the Foundation plans to allocate nearly $34 million through 2026 to support 50 Moore Inventor Fellows.

“Embodying Gordon Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the Moore Inventor Fellows are problem solvers seeking to develop new tools and technologies that will accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care, three areas of interest to our foundation,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

“These young inventors show great promise for creating positive outcomes for generations to come.”

“Our Foundation provides these early-career researchers with time and freedom to develop ideas that will make a positive difference,” said Robert Kirshner, chief program officer of science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

“Nurturing these scientist-inventors within universities and providing them a glimpse of the outside world will help their ideas have a real impact.”