Tuan Vo-Dinh

Tuan Vo-Dinh

R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Tuan Vo-Dinh is R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and Director of The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics.

Dr. Vo-Dinh’s research activities and interests involve biophotonics, nanophotonics, plasmonics, laser-excited luminescence spectroscopy, room temperature phosphorimetry, synchronous luminescence spectroscopy, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, field environmental instrumentation, fiberoptics sensors, nanosensors, biosensors and biochips for the protection of the environment and the improvement of human health.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Chemistry
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
  • Director of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1975
  • B.S. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1971

Research Interests

Vo-Dinh's research activities and interests involve biophotonics, laser-excited luminescence spectroscopy, room temperature phosphorimetry, synchronous luminescence spectroscopy, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, field environmental instrumentation, fiberoptics sensors, nanosensors, biosensors and biochips for the protection of the environment and the improvement of human health. See details in Vo-Dinh Research Group Webpage: vodinh.pratt.duke.edu.

Specialties

Photonics
Biophotonics
Nanoscience
Nanomaterial manufacturing and characterization
Sensing and Sensor Systems
Plasmonics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Award on Spectrochemical Analysis. American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry. 2011
  • Fellows. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2004
  • Director’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Technology. UT-Battelle. 2003
  • Distinguished Inventors Award. Battelle Memorial Institute. 2003
  • Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 2003
  • Fellow. International Society for Optics and Photonics. 2000
  • RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Advance in R&D (Multifunctional Biochip). R&D Magazine. 1999
  • Lockheed Martin Commercialization Award. Lockheed Martin Corporation. 1998
  • AMSE Award, American Museum of Science and Technology (BiOptics Technology). American Museum of Science and Technology. 1997
  • BER-50 Award for Exceptional Service for a Health Citizenry. US Department of Energy. 1997
  • Inventor of the Year Award. Tennessee Inventors Association. 1996
  • RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Advance in R&D (SERS Gene Probe). R&D Magazine. 1996
  • Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer (SERODS Technology). Federal Laboratory Consortium. 1995
  • RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Product of the Year (PCB Spot Test). R&D Magazine. 1994
  • Inventors International Hall of Fame Award. Inventors Clubs of America. 1992
  • Inventors International Hall of Fame Award. Inventors Clubs of America. 1992
  • RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Product of the Year (SERODS Technology). R&D Magazine. 1992
  • Scientist of the Year. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 1992
  • Thomas Jefferson Award. Martin Marietta Corporation. 1992
  • Languedoc-Rousillon Medal. University of Perpignan (France). 1989
  • Gold Medal Spectroscopy Award. Society for Applied Spectroscopy. 1988
  • RD-100 Award for Most Significant Technological Advance in R&D (Fluoroimmunosensor). R&D Magazine. 1987
  • Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Federal Laboratory Consortium. 1986
  • RD 100 Award for Most Significant Technological Advance in Research & Dev (PNA Dosimeter). R&D Magazine. 1981

Courses Taught

  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 555: Advances in Photonics (GE, IM)
  • BME 567: Biosensors (GE, IM, MC)
  • BME 590: Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 850: Advances in Photonics: An Overview of State-of-the-Art Techniques and Applications
  • CHEM 601: Biosensors
  • CHEM 630: Advances in Photonics (GE, IM)

Representative Publications

  • Yuan, H; Gomez, JA; Chien, JS; Zhang, L; Wilson, CM; Li, S; Fales, AM; Liu, Y; Grant, GA; Mirotsou, M; Dzau, VJ; Vo-Dinh, T, Tracking mesenchymal stromal cells using an ultra-bright TAT-functionalized plasmonic-active nanoplatform., Journal of biophotonics, vol 9 no. 4 (2016), pp. 406-413 [abs].
  • Register, JK; Fales, AM; Wang, HN; Norton, SJ; Cho, EH; Boico, A; Pradhan, S; Kim, J; Schroeder, T; Wisniewski, NA; Klitzman, B; Vo-Dinh, T, In vivo detection of SERS-encoded plasmonic nanostars in human skin grafts and live animal models., Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, vol 407 no. 27 (2015), pp. 8215-8224 [abs].
  • Fales, AM; Norton, SJ; Crawford, BM; DeLacy, BG; Vo-Dinh, T, Fano resonance in a gold nanosphere with a J-aggregate coating., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol 17 no. 38 (2015), pp. 24931-24936 [abs].
  • Wang, HN; Fales, AM; Vo-Dinh, T, Plasmonics-based SERS nanobiosensor for homogeneous nucleic acid detection., Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, vol 11 no. 4 (2015), pp. 811-814 [abs].
  • Ngo, HT; Wang, HN; Burke, T; Woods, C; Ginsburg, GS; Vo-Dinh, T, Multiplex DNA biosensor for viral infection diagnosis using SERS molecular sentinel-on-chip, Ifmbe Proceedings, vol 46 (2015), pp. 15-20 [10.1007/978-3-319-11776-8_4] [abs].

Selected Activities:

  • Editor-in-Chief, NanoBiotechnology,
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Nanophotonics,
  • Associate Editor, Plasmonics (2006-present),
  • Associate Editor, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (2003-present),
  • Topical Editor, Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (1988 - present),