Euan McLeod

  • Faculty Affiliation: OSC Professor
  • Research Specialty: Photonics
Associate Professor of Optical Sciences
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Office Location: 
Meinel 623
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College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094

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  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009
  • M.A., Princeton University, 2006
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology, 2004
  • Postdoctoral Scholar: University of California, Los Angeles, 2011-2015
  • Postdoctoral Scholar: California Institute of Technology, 2009-2011
Professional Affiliations and Activities: 
  • Optical Society of America: Senior Member
  • SPIE: Member
  • BIO5 Institute: Member
  • UA Cancer Center: Affiliate Member
Awards and Honors: 
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2021
  • Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, R&D Council of New Jersey, 2017
  • The Oral Presentation Award, Symposium D (Materials and Concepts for Biomedical Sensing), Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, 2014
  • Newport Award of Excellence in Photonics, 2009
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Princeton Graduate Honorific Fellowship, 2008
  • Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Princeton Fellowship, 2005
  • Francis Upton Fellowship, Princeton University, 2004-2008
  • 1st Place, Caltech ME72 Engineering Design Contest, 2002
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Nano-photonics
  • Surface science
  • Soft materials science
  • Optical tweezers
  • Holographic microscopy
  • Computational imaging
  • 3D additive manufacturing
  • Self-assembly
  • Directed-assembly
  • Lab-on-chip imaging
  • Biosensing & medical diagnostics
Research Summary: 

Euan McLeod is directing the Soft Nano-Photonic Systems Laboratory, which focuses on the intersection of nano-photonics, soft materials science, and the coordinated interaction of systems of many components. Two main avenues of investigation include 3D optical assembly of devices from nanoscale building blocks, and the use of lensfree holographic on-chip imaging for the high-throughput sensing of viruses and nanoparticles. The research is pursued using a mixture of experimental and computational approaches. The group seeks to provide cost-effective and high-throughput optical methods of fabrication and sensing based on cutting-edge optical phenomena.

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