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A University at Buffalo physics professor and a physics department graduate student will be honored today by the Malaysian government for efforts in developing a flexible semiconductor chip.

Hong Luo, UB assistant professor of physics, and Myunghee Na, who is working toward a PhD in physics, were to be feted in New York City.

Ms. Na also was to receive a ceremonial $10,000 check by the Malaysian Consulate General to continue her doctoral studies.

The "scholarship" was given by a Malaysian company, TL Technology Research, which is vying for the licensing rights to the flexible semiconductor technology.

"We are in the process of getting a patent for the chip," Luo said. "The university wants to issue nonexclusive licensing rights for the chip."

By issuing nonexclusive rights, the university retains the ability to sell the chip technology to more than one firm. It's expected that American companies will be interested in the chips once a patent is granted.

"We have developed a general technology to be used with all semiconductors," Luo said.

Luo said flexible semiconductors could be used in optical computing, where information will be carried by light instead of electrons, and in bendable calculators.

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