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Welcome to the Laboratory for Innovation in Optofluidics and Nanophotonics (LION). We conduct research at the intersection between Nanophotonics and Microfluidics. Our multidisciplinary research efforts include plasmonic and resonant dielectric metasurfaces for efficient and multifunctional trapping, manipulation and sensing of nanometric objects, nanobiosensors for detection of biological molecules, programmable directed self-assembly of nanostructures to build functional nanosystems, and discovery of novel emergent behavior in micro and nanoscale motors.


Through our research, we aim to provide innovative solutions to global challenges in renewable energy, healthcare, nano manufacturing and sensing. Through these activities, we educate the next generation of creative thinkers and innovators that are equipped to tackle interdisciplinary problems.

What we do                               

Plasmonic and Resonant Dielectric Nanotweezers                  

Programmable Directed Self Assembly of Metasurfaces

Nanophotonic Biosensors for Integrated Sensing of Molecules 

Phototactic Guidance of Micro and Nanoscale Robots


Contact information:

Department of Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University

Office: Featheringill Hall, Room 338

Lab: Featheringill Hall, Room 329/319

Phone: +1(615) 875 1662