Associate Professor Min Ouyang has received one of the five Scialog Awards sponsored by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement The Scialog (short for science dialog) awards support innovative research in the area of solar energy conversion.

Ouyang is attempting to understand certain aspects of an unusual phenomenon, generally known as plasmonics, as they occur in exceptionally tiny objects called nanostructures. His proposal was titled, "Probing Fundamental Light-Matter Interactions in Colloidal Hybrid Quantum Structures for Novel Plasmon-Enhanced Solar Energy Conversion."