Our Research

The CAT conducts high-level research in areas related to the development of products and processes using light-enabled technologies. These include optical medical diagnostics, optical imaging, tunable solid-state lasers, ultrafast laser technology, optical semiconductor materials and devices, nanoscale photonic materials and devices, compact photonic devices, optical communications, biological sensing and processes, optical computing and optical bio-defense.

All CUNY CAT personnel, including CAT staff and PI/CoPIs of CAT projects, are expected to comply with the University’s Conflict of Interest policy and associated Research Compliance policies, procedures and documents.

Current policies, procedures and documents can be accessed below:

CUNY Research Compliance
CUNY Conflict of Interest

Our Research Focus Areas


  • Energy
  • Military and Homeland Defense
  • Medical and Biomedical
  • Optics and Photonic Devices
  • Advanced Materials and Processing
  • Communication
  • Metamaterials

CUNY CAT faculty from across the University are involved in many areas of technology. Many of these technologies are to a point where they can be developed into products. These are described in the CAT’s Technology Opportunities (Tech Ops).Technology Opportunities is a guide to our distinguished faculty’s broad areas of expertise and capabilities.

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