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Sharon M. Weiss

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


The Weiss Group engages in research involving photonics, optoelectronics, nanoscience and technology, and optical properties of materials. We are particularly interested in photonic applications of nanomaterials, including the detection of small biomolecules in silicon and nanoporous silicon-based optical structures and the ultrafast modulation of optical signals using hybrid silicon-VO2 ring resonators. We also are pursuing shape-engineered porous silicon nanoparticles for drug delivery applications, patterned nanoporous gold SERS substrates, and hybrid porous silicon-metal oxide nanocomposites for analog memory and energy storage applications.


Defense Science Study Group (14 participants), 2012-2013
Participated in the National Academy of Engineering’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (~100 participants), 2010
Participated in the National Academy of Sciences’ German-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium (~70 participants), 2010
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2009-2015
ARO Young Investigator Award, 2009-2010
NSF CAREER Award, 2008-2013

Selected Publications:

Enhancing the Sensitivity of Label-Free Silicon Photonic Biosensors through Increased Probe Molecule Density. Hu, SR; Zhao, YL; Qin, K; Retterer, ST; Kravchenko, II; Weiss, SM, ACS PHOTONICS, 1, 590-597 , (2014) View Abstract

Immobilization of Quantum Dots in Nanostructured Porous Silicon Films: Characterizations and Signal Amplification for Dual-Mode Optical Biosensing. Gaur, G; Koktysh, DS; Weiss, SM, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 23, 3604-3614 , (2013) View Abstract

Direct Imprinting of Porous Substrates: A Rapid and Low-Cost Approach for Patterning Porous Nanomaterials. Ryckman, JD, Liscidini, M, Sipe, JE, Weiss, SM, NANO LETTERS, 11, 1857-1862 , (2011) View Abstract