Tuan Vo-Dinh

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R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of 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 in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Chemistry
  • 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

Curriculum Vitae
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: http://www.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, 2011
  • - R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2007
  • - 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
  • - RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Advance in R&D (Multifunctional Biochip), 1999
  • - Lockheed Martin Commercialization Award, Lockheed Martin, 1998
  • - AMSE Award, American Museum of Science and Technology (BiOptics), April, 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), 1996
  • - Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Federal Laboratory Consortium (SERODS), 1995
  • - RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Product of the Year (PCB Spot Test), 1994
  • - Inventors International Hall of Fame Award, Inventors Clubs of America, 1992
  • - RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Product of the Year (SERODS Technology), 1992
  • - Thomas Jefferson Award, Martin Marietta Corporation, 1992
  • - Languedoc-Rousillon Medal, University of Perpignan (France), 1989
  • - Scientist of the Year, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1989
  • - Gold Medal Spectroscopy Award, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, 1988
  • - RD-100 Award for Most Significant Technological Advance in R&D (Fluoroimmunosensor), 1987
  • - Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Federal Laboratory Consortium, 1986
  • - RD 100 Award for Most Significant Technological Advance in Research & Dev (PNA Dosimeter), 1981

Selected Patents:

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 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 850: Advances in Photonics: An Overview of State-of-the-Art Techniques and Applications
  • BME 899: Special Readings in Biomedical Engineering
  • CHEM 601: Biosensors
  • CHEM 630: Advances in Photonics (GE, IM)
  • CHEM 630: Advances in Photonics: An Overview of State-of-the-Art Techniques and Applications

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Zhao, J; Liu, Y; Fales, AM; Register, J; Yuan, H; Vo-Dinh, T, Direct analysis of traditional Chinese medicines using surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS)., Drug Testing and Analysis, vol 6 no. 10 (2014), pp. 1063-1068 [10.1002/dta.1612] [abs].
    • Ngo, HT; Wang, HN; Burke, T; Ginsburg, GS; Vo-Dinh, T, Multiplex detection of disease biomarkers using SERS molecular sentinel-on-chip., Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, vol 406 no. 14 (2014), pp. 3335-3344 [10.1007/s00216-014-7648-4] [abs].
    • Ilev, IK; Tunnell, J; Chen, Y; Hildebrandt, N; Dholakia, K; Vo-Dinh, T, Introduction to the Issue on Nanobiophotonics, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol 20 no. 3 (2014), pp. 3-6 [10.1109/JSTQE.2014.2319791] [abs].
    • Yuan, H; Wilson, CM; Xia, J; Doyle, SL; Li, S; Fales, AM; Liu, Y; Ozaki, E; Mulfaul, K; Hanna, G; Palmer, GM; Wang, LV; Grant, GA; Vo-Dinh, T, Plasmonics-enhanced and optically modulated delivery of gold nanostars into brain tumor., Nanoscale, vol 6 no. 8 (2014), pp. 4078-4082 [10.1039/c3nr06770j] [abs].
    • Fales, AM; Yuan, H; Vo-Dinh, T, Development of Hybrid Silver-Coated Gold Nanostars for Nonaggregated Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering., The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces, vol 118 no. 7 (2014), pp. 3708-3715 [10.1021/jp4091393] [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),