Silvija Gradečak, the Thomas Lord Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Nano Letters Young Investigator Lectureship . This award, awarded this year for the first time, recognizes the contributions of a young investigator who has made major impacts on the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Gradečak's research focuses on nanophotonics and electronics and is based on the synthesis, characterization and integration of low-dimensional systems. By taking the advantage of unique material properties on a nanoscale, she explores novel optoelectronic applications such as nanoscale light-emitting sources, single photon sources, or nanowire lasers. Gradečak will give the invited lectureship talk at the 244th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa., in the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry technical program.