Washington University in St. Louis


Srikanth Singamaneni

Assistant Professor

Professor Singamaneni joined the Washington University in St. Louis faculty in January 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he was a graduate research assistant in Professor Vladimir V. Tsukruk’s lab.

He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2013), Dean’s Faculty Award for Innovation in Research (2013), MRS graduate student Gold Award (Fall 2008), Materials Research Society Best-Poster Award (Spring 2007) and departmental creative and scholarly award at Western Michigan University in 2004.

Professor Singamaneni has co-authored over 85 refereed articles in archival journals, eight invited reviews, six book chapters and a book.
Professor Singamaneni’s research interests include Plasmonic engineering in nanomedicine (in vitro biosensing for point-of-care diagnostics, molecular bioimaging, nanotherapeutics), photovoltaics (plasmonically enhahced photovoltaic devices), surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) based chemical sensors with particular emphasis on the design and fabrication of unconventional and highly efficient SERS substrates, hierarchical organic/inorganic nanohybrids as multifunctional materials, bioinspired structural and functional materials, polymer surfaces and interfaces, responsive and adaptive materials and scanning probe microscopy and surface force spectroscopy of soft and biological materials.
Selected Publications
“Monitoring Controlled Release of Payload from Gold Nanocages using Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering” Tian, L.; Gandra, N.; Singamaneni S. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 4252.
“Bilayered Raman-intense Gold nanostructures with Hidden Tags (BRIGHTs) for High-resolution Bioimaging” Gandra, N.; Singamaneni S. Advanced Materials, 2013, 25, 1022.
“Hot-spot Localized Synthetic Receptors for Label-free Plasmonic Biosensing” Abbas, A.; Tian, L.; Morrissey, J.; Kharasch, E. D.; Singamaneni S. Advanced Functional Materials, 2013, 23, 1789.
"Plasmonic Planet-Satellite Analogues: Hierarchical Self-assembly of Gold nanostructures” Gandra, N.; Abbas, A.; Tian, L.; Singamaneni S. Nano Letters, 2012, 12, 2645.
“Bioplasmonic Paper as a Platform for Detection of Kidney Cancer Biomarkers” Tian, L.; Morrissey, J M.; Kattumenu, R.; Gandra, N.; Kharasch, E. D.; Singamaneni S. Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 84, 9928.
“Bimetallic Janus Nanostructures via programmed shell growth” Gandra, N.; Portz, C.; Singamaneni, S. Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 1806.
"Nanorod Decorated Nanowires as Highly Efficient SERS-active Hybrids" Kattumenu, R.; Lee, C. H.; Tian, L.; McConney, M. E.; Singamaneni, S.;Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21, 15218. (Inside cover)
"Directed Assembly of Gold nanorods using Aligned Electrospun Polymer Nanofibers for Highly Efficient SERS Substrates" Lee, C. H.; Tian, L.; Abbas, A.; Kattumenu, R.; Singamaneni, S.; Nanotechnology, 2011, 22, 275311.
"Reversible Tuning of Plasmon Coupling in Gold Nanoparticle Chains Using Ultrathin Responsive Polymer film" Nergiz S. Z.; Singamaneni, S.;  ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2011, 3, 945.
"Paper Based SERS Swab for Rapid Trace Detection on Real-world Surfaces" Lee, C. H.; Tian, L.; Singamaneni, S.; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2010, 2, 3429.
Selected Research

“CAREER: Plasmonic Nanoclusters with Buit-in Artificial Antibodies for Label-free Biosensing” National Science Foundation, Role: PI; $400,000/5 years; 2013-2018

“Bilayered Raman Intense Gold nanostructures with Hidden Tags (BRIGHTs) for Molecular Bioimaging” BRIGHT institute, Washington University; Role: PI; $25,000/1 year; 2013-2014 (Co-PI: Dr. Sam Achilefu)

“Microfluidic Plasmonic Paper: Novel Platform for Multiplexed Chemical sensing” Air Force Research Lab; Role: PI; $134,500/2 years; 2012-2014.

“Biomimetic SERS substrates for highly sensitive and selective chemical sensing” Army Research Office (ARO); Role: PI; $208,000/3 years; 2011-2014.

“Label-free point of service assay for Non-invasive detection of Kidney Cancer” Congressionally directed medical research programs (DOD-ARO); Role: PI; $455,000/3 years; 2011-2014. (Co-PIs: Dr. Jeremiah Morrissey and Dr. Evan D. Kharasch)

Contact Srikanth Singamaneni
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1185
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Jolley Hall, Room 318
Phone (314) 935-5407
Fax (314) 935-4014
Email singamaneni@wustl.edu
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PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
MS, Western Michigan University, 2004
BE, Nagarjuna University, 2002
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