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Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801


Office hours 8:30a - 5:00p


Phone: 217-333-3097
Fax: 217-244-6375


Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

4265 Beckman Institute, MC-MC 251
405 N. Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 265-6596
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Ph.D. (Macromolecular Science and Engineering), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2000.

Research Statement:
The Bhargava laboratory uses chemical imaging and designed structures to understand molecular composition and function in a range of problems. The activities in the group are divided broadly into three categories: theory, modeling and simulations (fundamental science), instrumentation and analysis algorithms (applied engineering) and applications of the first two to a range of problems, notably in cancer pathology, polymeric systems and food grain analysis (translational activities). From an analytical technique perspective, we are involved in many aspects of mid-infrared and Raman (including stimulated and surface enhanced) spectroscopy. We are particularly interested in microscopy and tomography using these optical spectroscopic techniques. In cancer pathology, we are interested in developing new imaging technology to use molecular changes in the tumor and its microenvironment for better diagnoses, using an integrated approach we term “Systems Pathology”. The development of systems pathology comes from both a bottoms-up approach in using 3D cell cultures, computer simulations and engineered tumor models using 3D printing as well as a top-down approach using human clinical samples and tissue microarrays. The approach is applied to prostate, breast and colon cancers.
Research Interests:
  • Chemical Imaging - infrared and Raman
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • Cancer pathology
  • 3D printing
  • Cancer nanotechnology
Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
Undergraduate researchers in Prof. Bhargava's group help develop methods for diagnosing and grading cancer, in developing nanoparticle probes for optical imaging, in tissue engineering and in developing new computer software.
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Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Teaching:

  • AE3 Scholar, Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education
  • Incomplete Lists of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, 8 times
  • Accenture Outstanding Faculty Award for Undergraduate Advising
  • Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Teaching Academy Faculty Fellow in Engineering
  • Teaching Academy Faculty Fellow in Engineering
  • Rose Award for Teaching Excellence

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • William F. Meggers Award, Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  • National Science Talent Search Scholar, NCERT, India
  • The Undergraduate Research Award, IIT-D
  • The Roll of Honour for Outstanding Cumulative Contribution as an Undergraduate
  • Samuel H. Maron Award, Case Western Reserve University
  • Sigma Pi Epsilon Honor Society, Society of Plastic Engineers
  • Case Alumni Award for Best Graduate Spectroscopist
  • William F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, Association of British Spectroscopists
  • William F. Meggers Award, Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  • Best Manuscript, Prominent Young Vibrational Spectroscopists' Issue of Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Bronze Medal, Human-Competitive Competition, GECCO07
  • DoD Young Investigator, Prostate Cancer Research program
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research
  • Campus award for outstanding promotion and tenure dossier
  • FACSS Innovation Award
  • Craver Award
  • William F. Meggers Award, Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Public Service:

  • Ramachandra Rao Dasari Lecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy National Tour Speaker