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Prof. Justus C. Ndukaife



Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
Purdue University

M.S., Electrical Engineering
Purdue University

B.S. (Ist Class Honors), Electrical Engineering
University of Lagos, Nigeria




Awards & Honors

2022     NSF CAREER Award

2021     Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research

2020     Named a Global Rising Star of Light by Nature’s Light Science and Applications journal

2020     Alumni Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Award

2019     Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship Award

2019     Vanderbilt Provost Research Studios Award

2018     Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Award

2017     The year 2017 Prize in Physics by Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation in recognition of work on “plasmon nano-optical tweezers

2016     Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, Purdue University

2016     Elected as Co-chair of 2018 Gordon Research Seminar on Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

2015     Golden Torch Award by National Society of Black Engineers: Named “Graduate Student of the Year”

2015     Best Paper Award at the ASME Society-Wide Micro and Nanotechnology Forum

Chuchuan Hong (Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2018-present]



BSc. in Electrical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

MSc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle

Research Interests: Bionanophotonics, opto-thermo-electrohydrodynamics tweezers, and optofluidics.

Awards & Honors

2021     Chuchuan Hong: Overall Best Paper Award in Vanderbilt School of Engineering

2021     Chuchuan Hong: C. F. Chen Best Award in Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt

Sen Yang (Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering) [Fall 2018-present]

BSc. in Optics, Harbin Institute of Technology
MSc. in Optics, Harbin Institute of Technology
Research Interests: All-dielectric metasurfaces, Photonic Crystal Optical Nanotweezer, Dielectric-antenna-enhanced light emission



Awards & Honors

2020     Sen Yang: 3rdplace prize, VINSE Nanoday presentation for his poster on “particle-assisted trapping in symmetry-breaking quasi-BIC system.

Ikjun Hong (Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2021- present]



BSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Seoul, South Korea
MSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Seoul, South Korea

Research Interests: All-dielectric metasurfaces, Resonant dielectric nanotweezers



Theodore Anyika (Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2021-present]


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BSc (First Class Honors) in Applied Physics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria

Research Interests: nanophotonics and optofluidics for single extracellular vesicles analysis including machine learning approaches.




Guodong Zhu (Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Fall 2021-present]visaPhoto



BSc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC, Chengdu)

MSc. in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University (ZJU, Hangzhou)

Research Interests: multi-physics simulation, nanophotonic devices



Former Lab Members

Yuxi Jiang (MSc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2021)

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Yuxi Jiang is now a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He joined Vanderbilt University in 2019 after receiving a bachelor’s degree at Jilin University with a major in Physics.







Rayni Jules (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering and Nanoscience)








Rayni Jules is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Microelectronics and Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He has performed research for the lab since Spring 2018 under the SyBBURE program. His research interests are diverse and include integrated nanophotonics, 2D nanomaterials, and neuromorphic engineering. In the future, he plans to attend graduate school or pursue a research position in the industry. He currently has worked in the VINSE cleanroom facilities for over three years and is the leader of a dance troupe.

Paolo Dumancas (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering)








Paolo Dumancas is a junior studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics. He is an undergraduate researcher for the Spring 2019 semester, having been drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the research area. His current interests include microfluidic systems, nanophotonics, and mechatronics and their applications to assistive technology and distributed energy resources. Additionally, as both an aspiring engineer and jazz musician, he is interested in the broad intersection of music and engineering technologies. He is also a Design Studio Mentor for the engineering school and an active member of the Vanderbilt Formula Electric Motorsports Team.

Yesol Choi (rotation Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Materials Science)

Patrick Mudge (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering)

Irfan Sabri Bin Mohd Sabri (Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science)