Brandon Terranova is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Delaware and his masters degree in Physics from SUNY Binghamton. He has done theoretical and experimental work on optical interconnects and plasmonics, which has applications in non-contact label-free nanoassembly, can be used for nanomanufacturing, and may be used to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Brandon also enjoys spending time with his wife Jocelyn, playing chess, piano and travel.
Brandon is interested in light-matter interactions and metal optics. Plasmonics has myriad applications from molecular sensing and trapping to nanoscopy and non-linear optics. In his PhD work, Brandon plans on utilizing plasmonics for the engineering of absorption enhancing elements in solar cells (plasmonic field engineering for nanowire control to create photonic crystal active layer geometries) to meet the technological challenges in this area.