Dr. Shengwang Du received $2,000,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on QuSec-TAQS: Nanodiamond Quantum Sensing for Four-Dimensional Live-Cell Imaging. By utilizing advanced microscopy and robust nanodiamond quantum sensing, this project seeks to transform live-cell imaging and study the complexities and intricacies of life processes with unprecedented detail by creating nanodiamond quantum sensors with exceptional sensitivity. This project will also collect four-dimensional (4D) data, including three-dimensional (3D) spatial data and an additional temporal dimension, by combining advanced imaging methods with nanodiamond quantum sensors.

Given the successful outcome of this project, Dr. Shengwang Du’s study contributes to extended research on nanodiamond quantum sensing. It includes extensive outreach and educational initiatives, emphasizing promoting diversity in STEM fields, and reflects NSF’s mission to promote the progress of science, advance national health, prosperity, and welfare, secure national defense, and other purposes.