Cardenas Lab

Cardenas Lab

Welcome To Cardenas Lab

Welcome to the Cardenas Lab for Nanoscale and Integrated Photonics. We do optics on a chip by engineering structures at the nanoscale level using microfabrication techniques. We work with any materials needed for our application ranging from recently discovered 2D materials all the way to glass. Some examples of the questions we want to answer or problems we want to solve are: How do living cells work? How do you package photonic devices for low cost and high volume applications? What tools can be conceived and built that will revolutionize other scientific fields such as neuroscience, cellular biology, or astronomy? What new platform will revolutionize nanophotonics? In our lab you will design and fabricate nanophotonic devices to solve (or answer) some of today’s challenging problems (or questions).

Who We Are

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To prepare students for their career goals in industry or academia.

To revolutionize science and technology in interdisciplinary fields using photonics.

To transform the field of photonics using novel materials, techniques, and devices.

Our current research areas are in novel optical materials and devices and bionanophotonics. See our research page for more details.
If you are already a student at the University of Rochester, please visit our join our team page.

To become a student at The Institute of Optics, please follow the instructions given here to apply.

Latest News


Prof. Selim Ünlü from Boston University, stopped by our Lab during his visit to The Institute of Optics.


Yi Zhang joined our group. Welcome!


Prof. Joan Marie Redwing from Penn State, stopped by our lab.


Cardenas Lab was present at the Rochester Day of Science 2018 Showcase. Special thanks to Per Adamson for building our demo. A shout-out to Raymond who did a great job explaining total internal reflection to [...]


Juniyali Nuriyal defended her thesis and earned a Masters degree from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Congratulations!


Prof. Michal Lipson from Columbia University, stopped by our lab during her visit to the Institute of Optics.

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