Specialist Topics: Biomedical Optics, Optical Spectroscopy, Nanomaterials, Sensors, Microscopy
The Meissner laboratory focuses on developing nano- and micro-structured materials and optical techniques for biomedical imaging and sensing applications. The research combines materials development with expertise in optical system design.
Materials work is anchored by microwave-assisted synthesis of nanostructures including nanoclusters, nanoparticles and nanorods. Coupled with expertise in optical spectroscopy and design, novel imaging and sensing techniques are developed through rational design.
Specific research projects include methods for the functionalization of red blood cells to serve as optical sensors and their use in long-term monitoring of blood analytes or disease state; coupling of atomic force microscopy to near-field optical techniques to enable cell surface profiling and simultaneous mechanical characterization and biochemical detection in vascular smooth muscle cells to understand cardiovascular disease; studying nanoscale energy transfer dynamics between nanoparticles as a basic tool for in vivo sensing or environmental monitoring; and hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanostructures for environmental and mechanical sensing.