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Justus Ndukaife

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering


Our interdisciplinary research efforts encompass the fields of nanoscale optics (which involves the confinement and manipulation of light at the deeply subwavelength scale), microfluidics, active matter, as well as novel hybrid optobiomechanical materials and devices.

The specific research thrusts include:

  • Nano-optical trapping, manipulation and sensing with plasmonic and resonant dielectric metasurfaces
  • Programmable directed self-assembly of nanostructures enabled by light and external fields for energy harvesting, non-linear optics and on-chip light sources
  • Design, synthesis and investigation of novel emergent behavior in micro and nanomotors, and their use in novel lab-on-a-chip devices
  • Active matter, including catalytically-active colloids and their behavior in the presence of external fields and flows
  • Novel hybrid optobiomechanical materials and devices for light-controlled soft robotics, and drug sensing
  • Thermoplasmonics, including the study and utilization of the inherent loss in plasmonic nanostructures to manipulate heat at the nanoscale.

Through our research, we aim to provide innovative solutions to global challenges in healthcare, nano-manufacturing, renewable energy, and sensing.


Year 2017 Prize in Physics by Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation in recognition of research work on Plasmon Nano-Optical Tweezers, 2017
Purdue University College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, 2016
Selected to deliver a late-breaking talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics and Nanophotonics, 2016
NSBE Golden Torch Award, 2015
Best Paper Award at ASME IMECE Conference, 2015