Soft Nanomaterials Laboratory

Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Welcome to the Soft Nanomaterials Laboratory

Our research interests are focused at the intersection of organic and plasmonic nanomaterials. We aim at rational integration of organic (polymeric, biological) materials and plasmonic nanostructures to realize multifunctional materials. Organic materials with responsive and self-assembling properties combined with functional plasmonic nanostructures that exhibit unique optical properties form a powerful materials platform for a wide variety of applications including plasmonic photovoltaics, chemical and biological sensors, adaptive materials, non- or minimally-invasive bioimging and therapy.


Specific research interests include: 

  • Plasmonic biosensors for point-of-care and resource-limited settings.
  • Unconventional approaches for the fabrication highly efficient surface enhanced Raman Scattering substrates for the detection of chemical and biological analytes.
  • Hierarchical assembly of plasmonic nanostructures into functional superstructures using self-assembling properties of organic materials (e.g., block copolymers, amphiphilic molecules).
  • Organic/inorganic hybrids for physical, chemical and biological sensors and multifunctional surfaces and interfaces.
  • Nanoscale confinement effects on the thermo-mechanical properties of polymer thin films, brushes, membranes, nanocomposites and 3D polymeric structures.​



Srikanth Singamaneni, PhD
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science​

email: singamaneni(at)

Ph: 314-935-5407