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Sharon M. Weiss

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics
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 fundamental studies of light-matter interaction and 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 porous silicon nanoparticles for drug delivery applications and laser-based testing of electronic device to predict sensitivity to high energy radiation.


• Fellow, SPIE and OSA
• IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer
• 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:

Experimental realization of deep-subwavelength confinement in dielectric optical resonators. Hu, S; Khater, M; Salas-Montiel, R; Kratschmer, E; Engelmann, S; Green, WMJ; Weiss, SM, SCIENCE ADVANCES, 4, eaat2355 , (2018) View Abstract

Optical phase change materials in integrated silicon photonic devices: review. Miller, KJ; Haglund, RF; Weiss, SM, OPTICAL MATERIALS EXPRESS, 8, 2415-2429 , (2018) View Abstract

Flow-Through Porous Silicon Membranes for Real-Time Label-Free Biosensing. Zhao, YL; Gaur, G; Retterer, ST; Laibinis, PE; Weiss, SM, ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 88, 10940-10948 , (2016) View Abstract

Optically Monitored Electrical Switching in VO2. Markov, P; Marvel, RE; Conley, HJ; Miller, KJ; Haglund, RF; Weiss, SM, ACS PHOTONICS, 2, 1175-1182 , (2015) View Abstract

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