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Henry Du


Prof. Henry Du directs the Fiber Optics and Nanophotonics Laboratory. His research covers several frontier areas ranging from nanotechnology-enabled conventional optical fiber and photonic crystal fiber for multi-parameter sensing to plasmonic noble metal nanoparticles for field-enhanced applications. Examples of current activities include immobilization of nanoparticles using dip-pen nanolithography and molecular self-assembly to impart surface-enhanced Raman scattering functionality for fiber-optic sensing, laser inscription of long-period fiber gratings in photonic crystal fiber for immuno-sensing and resonance laser absorption spectroscopy, and guided assembly of plasmonic resonant gold nanoparticle constructs for enhanced generation of reactive species during photodynamic therapy of cancer. Prof. Du’s research has both basic and applied focus. Its interdisciplinary approach offers students training opportunities cutting cross materials science, optics, surface chemistry, and biomedical engineering often in partnership with faculty colleagues in related disciplines.

In addition to his involvement with conference planning, curriculum development and professional societies such as the American Ceramic Society, the Materials Research Society, and the International Society for Optical Engineering, Prof. Du has been awarded three U.S. patents. He has also been the recipient of the Dean’s Research Award, School of Engineering, Stevens (2004), the Jess Davis Memorial Award for Faculty Research Excellence, Stevens (2001), and the National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award (1991).

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Selected Publications:
Melek Erol, Yun Han, Scott Stanley, Henry Du, and Svetlana Sukhishvilia. (2009). SERS not to be Taken for Granted in the Presence of Oxygen, Journal of American Chemical Society. 131 7480-748
Maung Kyaw Khaing Oo, Yun Han, Rainer Martini, Svetlana Sukhishvili, and Henry Du. (2009). Forward-Propagating Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering and Intensity Distribution in Photonic Crystal Fiber with Immobilized Ag Nanoparticles, Applied Physics Letters. 7 (34), 968-970
Denis Pristinski, Eric C. Le Ru, Siliu Tan, Svetlana Sukhishvili, and Henry Du. (2008). Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering at a Planar Dielectric Interface beyond Critical Angle, Optics Express. 16 (24), 20117-20125
M. K. Khaing Oo, X. Yang, H. Du and H. Wang. (2008). 5-aminolevulinic Acid Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer, Nanomedicine. 3 (6), 777-786
M. K. Khaing Oo, H. Wang and H. Du. (2008). Gold Nanoparticles in Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer: Photosensitiser conjugated gold nanoparticles for target delivery, Pharma Focus Asia. 8 31-34
Matthew LiberaHongjun WangSvetlana Sukhishvili
Athula AttygalleRainer MartiniSvetlana Malinovskaya

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