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Vanderbilt engineer develops tiny tweezers to trap nanoscale molecules as small as proteins

Aug. 31, 2020—An assistant professor of electrical engineering has developed the first-ever opto-thermo-electrohydrodynamic tweezers, optical nanotweezers that can trap and manipulate objects as small as proteins and viruses. The technique, developed by Justus Ndukaife and two graduate students in his group, gives researchers a powerful new tool for the study and perhaps early detection of viruses, cancer...

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Fellowship extends Ndukaife’s lab-on-chip work to Nigeria

Jun. 26, 2018—An award-winning Vanderbilt School of Engineering researcher will work with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka on development and testing of a lab-on-a-chip device for isolation and concentration of e-coli bacteria. Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Justus Ndukaife has used plasmonics to develop a new kind of nanotweezers that can rapidly trap and detect molecules, viruses...

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