Lab Equipment

Learn more about some of the key lab equipment that we use in the Fontecchio NanoPhotonics+ Lab.

Alternative Energy Electro-Optic Devices

This research will explore the fundamental science and engineering of power generation using Stirling engine configurations and radiometric phenomena to develop power-producing micro electromechanical systems (MEMS).

Carbon Nano-Pipettes for single cell study

Carbon Nano-pipette is a carbon layer deposited glass pipette with a carbon tip of 20-200nm in diameter. We use this lab-made pipette as a minimally intrusive single cell investigation probe that could carry out multiple intracellular measurements. 

Holographically Formed Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals

H-PDLCs are liquid crystal substrates that have been manufactured to form tunable bragg gratings that can be used to create displays, fiber optic signal filtration and control, inexpensive spectrometers, dynamically reconfigurable contact photolithography masking layers, and optically switchable mirrors.

Inkjet Antennas

Inkjet antennas are conformal antennas created by coating conductive polymer on sundry materials using a specialized inject printer. This results in flexible and customized antennas for a great variety of applications.

Knitted Smart Fabrics

Our lab is affiliated with the ExCITe Center and the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, where we work with engineers and fashion designers to develop knitted smart textiles.  This is done using Shima Seiki industrial knitting machines and conductive yarns and fibers.


In this area of our research, we are interested in advancing the science of these interesting materials, their applications, and the understanding of their polariton dynamics.

Plasmonic Biosensing

Sub-wavelength periodic structures imprinted in metallic films give rise to enhanced transmission features which are sensitive to changes in refractive index at the surface.

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology refers to clothing and fabrics made of textiles embedded with technology. Embedded technology such as flexible circuitry, flexible antennas and adequate power sources are key components to allow the reliable and successful operation of any wearable technology.