• Christine Payne with laser

    January 05, 2021

    Payne Named Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    Christine Payne, the Yoh Family Associate Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at Duke University, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the United Kingdom. The 175-year-old RSC confers the award upon members [...]

  • David Beratan in front of a map

    December 15, 2020

    Using Quantum Rules to Move Chemistry into Uncharted Territory

    Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence uses ultra-fast lasers to design and control chemical reactions

  • complex machinery with vials and tubes hanging down from a circular ceiling all bathed in yellow-gold light

    September 01, 2020

    Duke Joins $115 Million Quantum Systems Accelerator

    Duke University is joining 14 U.S. institutions in a five-year, $115 million effort to forge the technological solutions needed to harness quantum information science for discoveries that benefit the world. Funded by the Department of Energy, the Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA) will be led by [...]

  • A single dark tube splits into two glowing red tubes

    August 27, 2020

    Scientists Pair 3D Bioprinting and Computer Modeling to Examine Cancer Spread in Blood Vessels

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have paired 3D-printed, living human brain vasculature with Duke University's advanced computational flow simulations to better understand tumor cell attachment to blood vessels, the first step in secondary tumor formation during cancer metastasis [...]

  • Neon green bacteria grow in an ocean of red-tinted growth media

    August 03, 2020

    AI May Offer a Better Way to ID Drug-Resistant Superbugs

    Biomedical engineers at Duke University have shown that different strains of the same bacterial pathogen can be distinguished by a machine learning analysis of their growth dynamics alone, which can then also accurately predict other traits such as resistance to antibiotics. The demonstration could [...]

  • Long, thin, neon green cells with small bright spots

    August 03, 2020

    Researchers Create Artificial Organelles to Control Cellular Behavior

    Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a method for controlling the phase separation of an emerging class of proteins to create artificial membrane-less organelles within human cells. The advance, similar to controlling how vinegar forms droplets within oil, creates opportunities [...]

Welcome to the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

2020 FIP Virtual Symposium


The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics is an extensively interdisciplinary Duke University-wide effort to advance photonics and optical sciences.

The mission of the Fitzpatrick Institute is profoundly educational. The institute was founded in 2000 in part to meet an unmet industry need for graduates with the knowledge and skills to transform industrial R&D in photonics and optical science. Our faculty teach undergraduates, master's and doctoral students and foster the technical, collaboration, interdisciplinary exploration, and team-orientation skills set that enables our proteges to thrive in their chosen professions.

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Upcoming Seminars

Dr. Andrea Armani

Wed, Feb 3

FIP Virtual Seminar: Organic small molecule integrated photonics

Dr. Andrea Armani, Irani Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Director, Keck Photonics Cleanroom and O’Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory, University of Southern California

12:00 pm | Online

Wed, Feb 10

FIP Seminar

Dr. Huiwang Ai Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

12:00 pm | Online

Wed, Feb 17

FIP Seminar

Dr. Peter J. Delfyett, University Trustee Chair, Pegasus Professor of Optics & Photonics, ECE & Physics; Director, Townes Laser Institute, CREOL (College of Optics and Photonics)

12:00 pm | Online

Wed, Mar 31

FIP Distinguished Seminar

Dr. Margaret Murnane, Professor of Physics, Fellow of JILA, University of Colorado Boulder

12:00 pm | Online