The Center for Electro-Optics and Functionalized Surfaces (CEFS) is a collaborative research group composed of over 30 faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students, from a diverse range of disciplines, working together towards a common vision of developing the basic science and methods necessary to generate permanent metallic functionalized surfaces.

  • Corey Kruse receives prestigeous NASA fellowship (link)
  • CEFS is competing for internal NSF Science and Technology Center proposal
  • Six patent disclosures related to functionalization of metallic surfaces and their applications have been submitted to NUTech Adventures, Inc.
  • Dr. Ndao and Dr. Zuhlke gave keynote invited lectures at ICNMM 2014
  • Dr. Alexander gave invited presentation at the International Conference on Spectral Line Shapes (ICSLS)
  • New collaborations have begun with IESL-FORTH (Greece) on modeling dynamic light/matter interactions with materials

Surface functionalization technologies
Heat transfer (Link)
  • Boiling
  • Leidenfrost
  • Microchannel cooling
  • Condensation
  • Bubble formation and release
  • Cyclicvoltometry
  • Alternating wetting zones at microscales
Droplet microfluidics
  • Liedenfrost driven droplet motion on functionalized metal surfaces
  • Alternating wetting zones for droplet motion control at room temperature
Biomedical applications
  • Anti-biofouling
  • Biosensors (GI flow rate sensor)
Basic engineering diagnostics
  • Ultrafast pump-probe
  • Ultrasonics for microcrack detection
  • Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
  • Ellipsometry
Femtosecond laser direct writing
  • Writing long period and Bragg gratings in optical fibers
  • Direct writing of channels in sapphire
Optical communications
  • Developing the enabling technology for an all optical data storage center
  • All optical switching in communication networks/architectures