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


Kudos to Yi Zhang for passing the prelims!!


Prof. Cardenas met Prof. Paulo Nussenzveig and his group at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Prof. Spadoti and Prof. Cardenas met Prof. Lucas Heitzmann Gabrielli and his group, Prof. Hugo Figueroa, Prof. Tiago Alegre, and Prof. Felippe Silva Barbosa at UNICAMP in Campinas, Brazil.


Prof. Cardenas visited colleagues in Brazil. Thank you Prof. Danilo Spadoti of UNIFEI at Itajuba, Brazil, for the invitation.


Meiting, Juniyali, and Marissa attended the Siegman International School on Lasers that is organized by the OSA Foundation and hosted this year by the Technical University Denmark.


Congratulations to Catherine for a super successful REU summer. Best of luck with graduate school!

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