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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

Research:

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.

Awards:

• 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
• NSF CAREER 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