Laura Fabris

Associate Professor

Materials Science and Engineering

Phone:848-445-5606
Fax:(732) 445-3258
Email:lfabris@rutgers.edu
Office:CCR-216
Office Hours: By appointment
Website: Nano-Lab

Research

Dr. Fabris’ research interests focus on the synthesis, functionalization, characterization, and application of plasmonic nanoparticles, with emphasis on gold, silver, and, more recently, aluminum. The Fabris group has also expertise in surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with main focus on sensing and imaging tags.

Currently there are two main relevant research areas: 1) Development of SERS tags for biomedical applications in cell and tissue imaging, 2) Synthesis and characterization of gold nanostars for highly sensitive detection (up to the 100-molecules level) of small molecule analytes (e.g. pollutants) and biomolecules (e.g. oligonucleotides, proteins, disease biomarkers, and metabolites), 3) Development of novel bottom-up protocols for the synthesis of plasmonic nanoparticles, and 4) Development of 3D finite element simulations to understand the plasmonic properties of complex metallic nanostructures.

Teaching

Professor Fabris' teaching responsibilities during the 2017-2018 academic year are:

  • Fall 2017:           Introduction to Materials Science Engineering, 14:635:203
  • Spring 2018:      TBD

Documents

Education

Ph.D., Chemical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy, 2006
B.S./M.S., Summa Cum Laude, Physical Chemistry, University of Padova, Italy, 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society 
  • Materials Research Society
  • Sigma Xi

Research Interests

Dr. Fabris’ research interests focus on the synthesis, functionalization, characterization, and application of plasmonic nanoparticles, with emphasis on gold, silver, and, more recently, aluminum. The Fabris group has also expertise in surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with main focus on sensing and imaging tags.

Currently there are two main relevant research areas: 1) Development of SERS tags for biomedical applications in cell and tissue imaging, 2) Synthesis and characterization of gold nanostars for highly sensitive detection (up to the 100-molecules level) of small molecule analytes (e.g. pollutants) and biomolecules (e.g. oligonucleotides, proteins, disease biomarkers, and metabolites), 3) Development of novel bottom-up protocols for the synthesis of plasmonic nanoparticles, and 4) Development of 3D finite element simulations to understand the plasmonic properties of complex metallic nanostructures.

Selected Publications

2016

  • Atta, S.; Tsoulos, T. V.; Fabris, L.* Shaping Gold Nanostar Electric Fields for SERS Enhancement via Silica Coating and Selective Etching. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, In Press (Richard P. Van Duyne Festschrift).
  • Fabris, L.*  SERS Tag: The Next Promising Tool for Personalized Cancer Detection? ChemNanoMater 2016, 2, 249 (Invited).
  • Smith, P. F.; Deibert, B. J.; Kaushik, S.; Gardner, G.; Hwang, S.; Wang, H.; Al-Sharab, J. F.; Garfunkel, E.; Fabris, L.; Li, J.; Dismukes, G. C. Correlating Water Oxidation Activity to Corner Sharing Mn3+O6 Octahedra via the Manganite (γ-MnOOH) Polymorph. ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 2089.
  • Butcher Jr., D. P.; Wadams, R. C.; Drummy, L.; Koerner, H.; Bailey, C.; Scheltens, F.; McComb, D.; Fabris, L.; Durstock, M. F.; Tabor, C. Controlled Dispersion of Polystyrene-Capped Au Nanospheres in P3HT:PC61BM and Consequences upon Active Layer Nanostructure. J. Pol. Sci. 2016, 54, 709.

2015

  • Fabris, L.* Gold-based SERS Tags for Biomedical Imaging. J. Opt. 2015, 17, 114002  (Invited).
  • Perets, E. A.; Indrasekara, A. S. D. S.; Kurmis, A.; Atlasevich, N.; Fabris, L.; Arslanoglu, J. Carboxy-Terminated Immuno-SERS Tags Overcome Non-Specific Aggregation for the Robust Detection and Localization of Organic Media in Artworks. Analyst 2015, 140, 5971.
  • Indrasekara, A. S. D. S.; Fabris, L.* SERS-based Approached toward Genetic Profiling. Bioanalysis 2015, 7, 263 (Invited).
  • Indrasekara, A. S. D. S.; Thomas, R.; Fabris, L.* Plasmonic Properties of Regiospecific Core–satellite Assemblies of Gold Nanostars and Nanospheres. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 21133. (Invited).

 

2014

  • Thomas, R.; Fabris, L.; O’Carroll, D. M. Gold Nanowire and Nanorod Plasmonic Mechanisms for Increasing Ultra-Thin Organic Photovoltaic Active Layer Absorption. Plasmonics 2014, 9, 1283.
  • Indrasekara, A. S. D.S.; Meyers, S.; Shubeita, S.; Feldman,L. C.; Gustafsson, T.; Fabris, L.* Gold Nanostar Substrates for SERS Sensing in the Femtomolar Regime. Nanoscale 2014, 6, 8891.
  • Wadams, R. C.; Yen, C.; Butcher Jr., D. P.; Koerner, H.; Durstock, M. F.; Fabris, L.; Tabor, C. E. Gold Nanorod Enhanced Organic Photovoltaics: The Importance of Morphology Effects. Org. Electron. 2014, 15, 1448.
  • Indrasekara, A. S. D. S.; Wadams, R. C.; Fabris, L.* Ligand Exchange on Gold Nanorods: Going Back to the Future. Part. Part. Syst. Char. 2014, 31, 819.

 

2013

  • Wadams, R. C.; Fabris, L.; Vaia, R. A.; Park, K. Time-dependent Susceptibility of the Growth of Gold Nanorods to the Addition of a Cosurfactant. Chem. Mater. 2013, 25, 4772.
  • Indrasekara, A. S. D. S.; Paladini, B. J.; Naczynski, D. J.; Starovoytov, V.; Moghe, P. V.; Fabris, L.* Dimeric Gold Nanoparticle Assemblies as Tags for SERS- Based Cancer Detection. Adv. Healthcare Mater. 2013, 2, 1370.
  • Park, K.; Drummy, L. F.; Wadams, R.; Koerner, H.; Nepal, D.; Fabris, L.; Vaia, R. A. Growth Mechanism of Gold Nanorods. Chem. Mater. 2013, 25, 555.
  • Jiang, Y.; Huan, Q.; Fabris, L.; Bazan, G. C.; Ho, W. Submolecular Control, Spectroscopy, and Imaging of Bond-selective Chemistry in Single Functionalized Molecules. Nat. Chem. 2013, 5, 36.

 

2012

  • Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Fabris, L.*; Alvarez-Puebla, R. Multiplex optical Sensing with Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering: A Critical Review. Anal. Chim. Acta 2012, 745, 10 (Invited).
  • Fabris, L.* Bottom-up Optimization of SERS Hot-spots. Chem. Comm. 2012, 48, 9321 (Featured on the Cover).
  • Mark, P. R.; Fabris, L.* Understanding Nanoparticle Assembly: A Simulation Approach to SERS Active Dimers. J. Colloid Interf. Sci. 2012, 369, 134.

 

2011

  • Silva, R.; Biradar, A.; Fabris, L.*; Asefa, T. Au/SBA-15 Based Robust and Convenient-to-Use Nanopowder Material for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) with High SERS Enhancement Factor. J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 22810.
  • Whitmore, D.; El-Khoury, P.; Fabris, L.; Chu, P.; Bazan, G.; Potma, E.; Apkarian, V. A. High Sensitivity Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering in Solution using Engineered Silver Nanosphere Dimers. J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 15900.

 

2010

  • Guarrotxena, N.; Liu, B.; Fabris, L.*; Bazan, G.C. Antitags: Nanostructured Tools for Developing SERS-Based ELISA Analogs. Adv. Mater. 2010, 22, 4954.
  • Fabris, L.; Schierhorn, M.; Moskovits, M.; Bazan, G.C. Aptatag-Based Multiplexed Assay for Protein Detection by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Small, 2010, 6, 1550.

 

Pre-Rutgers

  • Braun, G.; Lee, S.J.; Laurence, T.; Fera, N.; Fabris, L.; Bazan, G.C.; Moskovits, M.; Reich, N.O. Generalized Approach to SERS-Active Nanomaterials via Controlled Nanoparticle Linking, Polymer Encapsulation and Small Molecule Infusion. J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 13622.
  • Fabris, L.; Dante, M.; Nguyen, T.Q.; Tok, J. B.-H.; Bazan, G.C. SERS Aptatags: New Responsive Metallic Nanostructures for Heterogeneous Protein Detection by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2008, 18, 2518 (Featured on the Cover).
  • Fabris, L.; Dante, M.; Braun, G.; Lee, S.J.; Reich, N.O.; Moskovits, M.; Nguyen, T.Q.; Bazan, G.C. A Heterogeneous PNA-Based SERS Method for DNA Detection. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 6086.
  • Holm, A.; Ceccato, M.; Donkers R. L.; Fabris, L.; Pace, G.; Maran, F. Effect of Peptide Ligand Dipole Moments on the Redox Potentials of Au38 and Au140 Nanoparticles. Langmuir 2006, 22, 10584.
  • Fabris, L.; Antonello, S.; Armelao, L.; Donkers, R.L.; Polo, F.; Toniolo, C.; Maran, F. Gold Nanoclusters Protected by Conformationally Constrained Peptides. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 326.