Dr. Reuven Gordon and his group discover a new, inexpensive way to detect cancer. A new generation of sensors based on nano plasmonics are coming out soon.

Regie Sobral-Filho, a PhD student who works in Dr. Alex Brolo’s lab, is collaborating with scientists at the BC Cancer Agency to develop biologically adaptive radiotherapy.

Optical trapping specimen preparation: Abhay Kotnala (PhD student) is pictured preparing a specimen for optical trapping using the double nanohole on a 100 nm gold thin film.

Steven Jones working on the optical trapping set-up. A laser tweezer system is used to study individual dielectric nanoparticles (~20nm, TiO2/Polystyrene) and identify them using SERS.

We explore novel technologies and work closely with many medical and industrial research & development centres in the field of biomaterial, nano photonics, and medical sensing applications for the development of novel biomedical devices. The current themes of research under investigation are:

Biological and chemical sensors

  • Biolabeling
  • Lab-on-chip
  • Integrated microfluidics devices

Fiber optics and waveguides

  • Nano structured remote fiber optic chemical sensing

Nano optical materials: fabrication and application

  • Quantum dots, metallic, transition metal and lanthanide nano particles
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), biolabeling, quantum computing, light emitting diodes (LEDs) applications

Visit Dr. Brolo's, Dr. Frank's Dr. Gordon's and Dr. van Veggel's websites

Radiotherapy and personalized medicine

  • Biolabeling nano material research application in radiotherapy
  • Breast cancer research

Raman spectroscopy and SERS

There are a few projects involved in Raman spectroscopy research and biomedical applications. Such applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Single molecule surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
  • Chemometrics

Visit Dr. Brolo's and Dr. Gordon's websites.

Optical trapping

There are a few projects involves in sigle molecule detection and optical trapping research applications. Such research applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Single molecule detection
  • Optical trapping

Visit Dr. Brolo's and Dr. Gordon's websites.

Energy systems

  • Thin-flim solar cells
  • Up/down conversion nanopartiles
  • Semiconductor quantum dots

Visit Dr. Brolo's, and Dr. van Veggel's websites