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Ben Cerjan, Ph.D.

Ben Cerjan

Senior Instrumentation Specialist


  • Nanoscale devices and cleanroom fabrication
  • Signal acquisition and analysis
  • Visible/IR Spectroscopy
  • Scientific Programming
  • Microcontrollers


  • B.A. Physics, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
  • Ph.D. Physics, Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Post Doc, ECE, Rice University, Houston, TX


  • High speed arbitrary waveform generator programming
  • Photonic crystal cavity fabrication
  • Automatic rain sampling robot
  • Electrochromic display electronics

Contact Information

BRWN 4151C
560 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Selected Publications

D'Archangel, J., B. Cerjan, L. Deguzman, M. Griep and G. Boreman (2021). "Spectroscopic ellipsometry of thin film cyclic olefin copolymer for use in long-wave infrared metasurfaces." Optical Materials Express 11(11): 3688-3696.

Cerjan, B. and N. J. Halas (2019). "Toward a Nanophotonic Nose: A Compressive Sensing-Enhanced, Optoelectronic Mid-Infrared Spectrometer." ACS Photonics 6(1): 79-86.

Dong, L. L., X. Yang, C. Zhang, B. Cerjan, L. N. Zhou, M. L. Tseng, Y. Zhang, A. Alabastri, P. Nordlander and N. J. Halas (2017). "Nanogapped Au Antennas for Ultrasensitive Surface-Enhanced Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy." Nano Letters 17(9): 5768-5774.

Tumkur, T. U., X. Yang, B. Cerjan, N. J. Halas, P. Nordlander and I. Thomann (2016). "Photoinduced Force Mapping of Plasmonic Nanostructures." Nano Letters 16(12): 7942-7949.

Cerjan, B., X. Yang, P. Nordlander and N. J. Halas (2016). "Asymmetric Aluminum Antennas for Self-Calibrating Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy." ACS Photonics 3(3): 354-360.