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Professor Renat Letfullin Named SPIE Fellow for Contributions to Nanotechnology

Monday, June 22, 2015
Renat Letfullin holding award.

Groundbreaking Scientist: Renat Letfullin, PhD, associate professor of physics and optical engineering, has authored 150 scientific articles, is editor of an international journal, and has written 12 chapters in 10 books. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

Renat Letfullin's career contributions in nanotechnology have been recognized with the associate professor of physics and optical engineering being among 58 new Fellows in the international society of optics and photonics, SPIE.

More than 1,000 SPIE members have been named Fellows since the society's inception in 1955. The designation allows the organization to "acknowledge members for their outstanding technical contributions and service to SPIE," according to an organization news release.

Letfullin has disclosed new phenomena and scientific effects in biophotonics and nanomedicine, and has led extensive studies in aerosol optical physics. His discovery of a new optical effect of diffractive multifocal focusing for plane and spherical waves has been named one of the 20 best optics discoveries of the 20th century.

The Russian native, now an American citizen, has developed and designed revolutionary new self-contained laser systems with multimega joule output energy per pulse. He has also contributed to the development of an optical reactor for efficient laser processing of dispersed materials, a phase technique for optical diagnostics of small particles, and a new diffractive atom lens.

"I enjoy making discoveries and bringing students along on those scientific journeys," says Letfullin, who has been a member of the Rose-Hulman faculty for 10 years.

Letfullin predicts that nano-sized devices will provide the pathway for nanomedicine to cure forms of cancer, greatly diminish the effects of heart disease, and contribute to the battle against Alzheimer's Disease.

"Nanomedicine is the future of medicine," says Letfullin.

Nanomedicine is a multidisciplinary science, which involves physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, and other areas of science for diagnosis and treatment of diseases by means of nanotechnology. The National Science Foundation predicts that $1 trillion will be spent in the next 10-15 years in nanotechnology, and the nanotechnology sector will need two million workers and specialists.

"With such great facilities and faculty expertise in nanotechnology and MEMS, Rose-Hulman is helping lead this next wave. I'm excited to see how the future unfolds," says Letfullin.

An international researcher, Letfullin has been editor of the International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics since 2009, has four patents in optical engineering and laser technology, is currently writing a new textbook on nanotechnology and nanomedicine, and has developed new courses and laboratories in the fields of optics and biophotonics.