Prof. Justus C. Ndukaife

Senior Member | Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt Univ
Ndukaife, Justus C.
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SPIE Membership: 8.0 years
SPIE Awards: Senior status
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Area of Expertise: Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, Optical Trapping, Biosensing
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Prof. Justus Ndukaife is an accomplished researcher and innovator in the field of Optics and Nanophotonics. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, following his MSc degree from Purdue Northwest and a BSc degree with First Class Honors from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Ndukaife's research revolves around optical nanotweezers enabled by cutting-edge nanophotonics technologies, including plasmonics and resonant dielectric metasurfaces. His work has focused on single extracellular vesicle analysis and enhancing on-chip quantum light sources. His exceptional work on optical nanotweezers has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Nanotechnology, Science, Nature Communications, ACS Nano, ACS Photonics, Nanoscale, and Nano Letters. Dr. Ndukaife is also an inventor of seven US patents on optical nanotweezers, underscoring his commitment to practical applications of his research.

The impact of Dr. Ndukaife's work has been widely recognized, earning him several prestigious awards and honors. Notably, he received a global Rising Stars of Light award in 2020, and his iCANX talk on Optical Nanotweezers research captured the attention of over 260,000 viewers worldwide. Among his numerous accolades are the NIH MIRA R35 Outstanding Investigator Award, NSF CAREER award, Vanderbilt Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research, the Year 2017 Prize in Physics from the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation, the Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award, NSBE Golden Torch Award, Best Paper Award at the ASME conference, a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Award, and elevation to a Senior Member position at IEEE and Optica.

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