Dr. Aristides Marcano Olaizola

Aristides Marcano Olaizola (PhD)

Research Associate Professor


Department of Physics and Engineering

Delaware State University

Tel: 302 857 6690




Master of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics (With Honors), Moscow State University, M.V. Lomonosov, Moscow, Russia (1977).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics and Mathematical Sciences, Moscow State University, M.V. Lomonosov, Moscow, Russia (1980).

Area of expertise

Applied and nonlinear optics, fluorescence, Raman, absorption spectroscopy, thermal lensing spectroscopy, characterization of dye solutions, nonlinear absorption and fluorescence, high sensitivity detection system and measurement of ultra-low absorption, fiber optics sensors, four-wave mixing and polarization spectroscopy, nonlinear dynamic induced by lasers in liquids, Z-scan characterization of nonlinear refraction and absorption, characterization of photo-sensitizers and photodynamic therapy studies.

Recent Grants

National Science Foundation – Centers for Research Excellence and Technology (NSF-CREST)  Grant No 0630388: “ Creation of the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA)”, 2006-2012, 5,000,000.00 USD.

NASA URC-5 (2009-2015) “NASA Optical Science Center for Applied Research” Co-I, 5,000,000 USD.

 NSF IIP-0646587 (2009-2010), Intelligent Instruction Systems using Augmented Reality”, PI for Delaware State University, 149,093 USD.

NSF MRI 09-502 (2009-2011) “MRI Acquisition of a femtosecond laser spectroscopic system for the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications”, PI, 48,178 USD.

NSF1156640 (2012-2013), “US-Mexico Collaborative Program on Photothermal Imaging and Photothermal Microscopy”, PI 14,893 USD.

 NSF CREST (2012-2017) “Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications: Promoting Scientific Discoveries, technological Advances, and STEM Education”, Co-PI, 5,000,000 USD.

Some latest publications

A. Marcano O. and N. Melikechi, “CW Achromatic thermal lens spectroscopy”, App. Spectros. 61, 659-664 (2007).

J. Castro Garcia, N. Rincon Duran, M. Gordon Parra, A. Marcano O. And L. Aranguren, “Photodynamic Therapy on skin cancer”, Rev Venez. Oncol, 19 (1), 3-19 (2007).

M. Guerra, A. Taouri, A. Marcano O., H. Cabrera, and M. Sylla, “Measurement of nonlinear absorption coefficient of organic materials by mode-mismatched Z-scan thermal lensing technique”, Appl. Spectros. 61, 1025-1133 (2007).

A. Marcano O. , K. Williams and N. Melikechi, “Measurement of two-photon absorption using the photo-thermal lens effect”, Opt. Comm. 281, 2598-2604 (2008).

S. Rock, A. Marcano O., Y. Markushin, C. Sabanayagam and N. Melikechi, “Elemental analysis of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy aided by an empirical data base”, Appl. Opt. 47 (31), G99-G104 (2008).

 R. A. Cruz, A. Marcano O., C. Jacinto, and T. Catunda, “Ultra-sensitive Thermal Lens Spectroscopy of Water”, Opt. Lett. 34 (12), 1882-1884 (June 15, 2009).  Indexed in TPDSci. VBA is at http://www.tpdsci.com/Tsv_.php?date=20110405 (May 2011).

Y. Markushin, A. Marcano O., S. Rock and N. Melikechi, “Determination of protein hydrogen composition by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy”, J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 25, 148-149 (2010), DOI: 10.1039/b920384b (Impact 4.028).

 A. Marcano O., F. Delima, Y. Markushin, and N. Melikechi, “Determination of Linear and Nonlinear Absorption of Metallic Colloids using Photothermal Lens Spectrometry”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 281-287 (2011).

A. Marcano O., “Optimized Photothermal Lens determination of Nonlinear Absorption”, International Journal of Thermophysics (accepted 2012). DOI: 10.1007/s10765-012-1359-x. (Published online 11/18/2012).

Full CV



Aristides Marcano (PhD)

DSU 2012 Faculty Excellence Award

Research/Creative Activities


Current research projects

Photothermal lens spectroscopy of complex samples

White light photothermal lens spectrophotometer

Photothermal lens microscope

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Fiber optics sound detector

N. Melikechi, A. Marcano O.

US patent number 8,015,878 (2011)

Technology ready for licensing

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