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Sharon M. Weiss

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Physics
Director, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering


The Weiss Group engages in research involving photonics, optoelectronics, nanoscience, and material interfaces. We are particularly interested in fundamental studies of light-matter interaction and photonic applications of nanomaterials. Current research thrusts include the design and applications of subwavelength engineered photonic crystals for optical communication, detection of biomolecules in nanoporous silicon-based optical structures, investigation of how high energy radiation and extreme environments affect the properties of photonic integrated circuits, and integration of phase-change and 2D materials in silicon photonic components.

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-Fellow, SPIE, OSA, AAAS
-IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer
-Vanderbilt Chancellor's Award for Research
-Vanderbilt School of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award
-Defense Science Study Group (14 participants)
-Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
-ARO Young Investigator Award

Selected Publications:

Peptide-based capture of chikungunya virus E2 protein using porous silicon biosensor. Layouni, R; Cao, T; Coppock, MB; Laibinis, PE; Weiss, SM, SENSORS, 21, 8248 , (2022) View Abstract

Radiation-induced transient response mechanisms in photonic waveguides. Ryder, LD; Schrimpf, RD; Reed, RA; Weiss, SM, IEEE TRANSACTIONS OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE, 69, 546-557 , (2022) View Abstract