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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 optical properties of materials. We are particularly interested in fundamental studies of light-matter interaction and photonic applications of nanomaterials, including the design and applications of subwavelength engineered photonic crystals for optical communication, detection of biomolecules in silicon and nanoporous silicon-based optical structures, and the ultrafast modulation of optical signals using hybrid silicon-VO2 photonic structures. We also are studying the effects of high energy radiation and extreme environments on the properties and operation of photonic integrated devices and circuits.

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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

A smartphone biosensor based on analysing structural colour of porous silicon. Cao, T; Zhao, Y; Nattoo, CA; Layouni, R; Weiss, SM, ANALYST, 144, 3942-3948 , (2019) View Abstract

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