Faculty Profiles

Tuan Vo-Dinh
Professor in the Department of Chemistry
2589 CIEMAS, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5598



Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-ETH Zurich (Switzerland) 1975

B.S., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland) 1971

Vohra, P., et al. “Squamous cell carcinoma DNA detection using ultrabright SERS nanorattles and magnetic beads for head and neck cancer molecular diagnostics.” Analytical Methods, vol. 9, no. 37, Oct. 2017, pp. 5550–56. Scopus, doi:10.1039/c7ay01913k. Full Text

Liu, Yang, et al. “Synergistic Immuno Photothermal Nanotherapy (SYMPHONY) for the Treatment of Unresectable and Metastatic Cancers.Sci Rep, vol. 7, no. 1, Aug. 2017, p. 8606. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-09116-1. Full Text

Shammas, Ronnie L., et al. “Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Labeled with Plasmonic Gold Nanostars for Cellular Tracking and Photothermal Cancer Cell Ablation.Plast Reconstr Surg, vol. 139, no. 4, Apr. 2017, pp. 900e-910e. Pubmed, doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000003187. Full Text

Crawford, Bridget M., et al. “Photothermal ablation of inflammatory breast cancer tumor emboli using plasmonic gold nanostars.Int J Nanomedicine, vol. 12, 2017, pp. 6259–72. Pubmed, doi:10.2147/IJN.S141164. Full Text

Chang, Chun-Chi, et al. “Improvement in Electrotransfection of Cells Using Carbon-Based Electrodes.Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, vol. 9, no. 4, Dec. 2016, pp. 538–45. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s12195-016-0452-9. Full Text

Fales, Andrew M., et al. “Folate Receptor-Targeted Theranostic Nanoconstruct for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy.Acs Omega, vol. 1, no. 4, Oct. 2016, pp. 730–35. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acsomega.6b00176. Full Text

Wang, Hsin-Neng, et al. “Multiplexed Detection of MicroRNA Biomarkers Using SERS-Based Inverse Molecular Sentinel (iMS) Nanoprobes.The Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces, vol. 120, no. 37, Sept. 2016, pp. 21047–50. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b03299. Full Text

Ngo, Hoan T., et al. “Sensitive DNA detection and SNP discrimination using ultrabright SERS nanorattles and magnetic beads for malaria diagnostics.Biosens Bioelectron, vol. 81, July 2016, pp. 8–14. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.bios.2016.01.073. Full Text

Khoury, Christopher G., et al. “Reversible Gating of Plasmonic Coupling for Optical Signal Amplification.Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 8, no. 28, July 2016, pp. 18157–64. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acsami.6b04623. Full Text

Zaffino, C., et al. ““Dry-state” surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS): toward non-destructive analysis of dyes on textile fibers.” Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, vol. 122, no. 7, July 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s00339-016-0209-2. Full Text


Viallet, P. M., and T. Vo-Dinh. “Living-cell analysis using optical methods.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.

Vo-Dinh, T. “Biochips and microarrays: Tools for the new medicine.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.

Vo-Dinh, T. “Biomedical photonics: A revolution at the interface of science and technology.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.

Vo-Dinh, T., and B. M. Cullum. “Fluorescence spectroscopy for biomedical diagnostics.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.

Vo-Dinh, T. “Basic instrumentation in photonics.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.

Vo-Dinh, T., and L. Allain. “Biosensors for medical applications.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.

Mobley, J., and T. Vo-Dinh. “Optical properties of tissue.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.

Cullum, B. M., and T. Vo-Dinh. “Nanosensors for single-cell analyses.” Biomedical Photonics: Handbook, 2003.


Panjehpour, M., et al. “Fluorescence spectroscopy for diagnosis of esophageal cancer.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 2133, 1994, pp. 185–91. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.179982. Full Text