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Amir Safavi-Naeini is a 2022 Moore Inventor Fellow

Portrait of Amir Safavi-Naeini

Associate Professor of Applied Physics, Amir Safavi-Naeini, has been chosen as one of the new 2022 Moore Inventor Fellows.

From the Moore Foundation:

Today, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the 2022 cohort of Moore Inventor Fellows. The fellowship supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care.

“The Moore Inventor Fellowship recognizes the power of innovation to solve problems and reimagine our world,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “We are pleased to recognize the spectrum of disciplines, ideas and approaches embodied in this group of fellows.”

While their backgrounds and fields of expert knowledge vary, the five fellows share a common curiosity about our world and a passion for transformative ideas. This year’s inventors are working toward creating an environmentally friendly way to stay cool using solid refrigerants, a promising therapy for low-level lead poisoning, real time sensing of chemical concentrations using microcombs, a biochemical system to map protein secretions in live tissue biopsies, and a chip-scale sensor to detect the proteins in a single cell.  

“We are thrilled to support another stellar cohort of Moore Inventor Fellows from institutions across the United States,” said Adam Jones, Ph.D., Science Program Officer. “These awards will enable each fellow to take risks and advance their inventions to the next level.”

This year, the foundation received nearly 200 nominations, from which five fellows were selected. Each fellow receives a total of $825,000 over three years to drive their invention forward, which includes $50,000 per year from their home institution as a commitment to these outstanding individuals.

Launched in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, the revolutionary prediction that anticipated the exponential growth of computing power, the fellowship embraces the spirit of Gordon Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing. The foundation plans to allocate a total of nearly $34 million through 2026 to support fifty Moore Inventor Fellows – five fellows per year for ten years, beginning in 2016, and expects the fellows will enable breakthroughs that accelerate progress over the next fifty years.

Nominations for 2023 Moore Inventor Fellows are being solicited from eligible institutions until November 14, 2022. To gain access to the application system, please send the name and contact information for your institution’s point of contact to by October 4, 2022.

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