Nigel Reuel


Associate Professor, Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering


3051 Sweeney
618 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 50011-1098



  • Corporate Technology Scout – DuPont (Jan 2016 to Aug 2016)
  • Research Investigator – DuPont Central Research (Apr 2014 to Jan 2016)
  • Tech Transfer Consultant – Malvern Instruments (Jan 2014 to Mar 2014)
  • President and Founder – Volvox Biologic Inc (Dec 2012 to Dec 2013)
  • Market Licensing Fellow – MIT Tech Transfer Office (Sep 2012 to Jan 2014)
  • DAAD Summer Research Fellow – DC Lamb Group – LMU Munich (Summer 2011)
  • PhD student – Michael Strano Group, Chemical Engineering MIT (Sep 2009-Jan2014)
  • CFD Thrombosis Research Assistant – Solen Group BYU (2008-2009)
  • MEMS Microfluidics and MEMS design intern – Sandia National Labs (summers 2003-2007)

Awards & Honors

  • “Exceeding Expectation” performance review at DuPont (2014,2015)
  • AICHE Bionanotechnology Graduate Student Award – 1st Place (2013)
  • Collegiate Inventors Competition National Finalist (2013), Merck Innovation Cup Finalist (2013)
  • Masschallenge Global Finalist (2013), MIT 100k Business Competition Life Science semi-finalist (2013)
  • Fall 2012 Best MIT Chemical Engineering Thesis Seminar
  • 2012 Pierce Biotechnology $5k Award – One of four graduate students awarded nationally (2012)
  • DAAD Research Grant Recipient – Collaborative Study with LMU – München, Germany (2011)
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipient (2010)
  • Hertz Graduate Fellowship Finalist (2009)
  • NIH Oxford/Cambridge Graduate Fellowship – withdrew to attend MIT (2009)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (2008-2009)
  • BYU Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholarship (2003-2009)
  • BYU Chemical Engineering Department Outstanding Student Award (2004 -2009)
  • BYU University Honors with Undergraduate Thesis (2009)


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering – MIT (minor in German language)
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering – Brigham Young University (minor in English)

Interest Areas


Reuel, N.F., et al., Hydrolytic Enzymes as (Bio)-Logic for Wireless and Chipless Biosensors. ACS Sensors, 2016. 1(4): p. 348-353. Nelson, J.T., et al., Mechanism of immobilized protein A binding to immunoglobulin G on nanosensor array surfaces. Analytical chemistry, 2015. 87(16): p. 8186-8193. Zhang, J., et al., A Rapid, Direct, Quantitative, and Label‐Free Detector of Cardiac Biomarker Troponin T Using Near‐Infrared Fluorescent Single‐Walled Carbon Nanotube Sensors. Advanced healthcare materials, 2014. 3(3): p. 412-423. Reuel, N.F., Label-free Carbon Nanotube Sensors for Glycan and Protein Detection. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2014. Paulus, G.L., et al., A graphene-based physiometer array for the analysis of single biological cells. Scientific reports, 2014. 4. Mu, B., et al., Recent advances in molecular recognition based on nanoengineered platforms. Accounts of chemical research, 2014. 47(4): p. 979-988. Landry, M.P., et al., Experimental tools to study molecular recognition within the nanoparticle corona. Sensors, 2014. 14(9): p. 16196-16211. Kruss, S., et al., Neurotransmitter detection using corona phase molecular recognition on fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotube sensors. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014. 136(2): p. 713-724. Giraldo, J.P., et al., Plant nanobionics approach to augment photosynthesis and biochemical sensing. Nature materials, 2014. 13(4): p. 400-408. Reuel, N.F., et al., Emergent properties of nanosensor arrays: applications for monitoring igg affinity distributions, weakly affined hypermannosylation, and colony selection for biomanufacturing. Acs Nano, 2013. 7(9): p. 7472-7482. Kruss, S., et al., Carbon nanotubes as optical biomedical sensors. Advanced drug delivery reviews, 2013. 65(15): p. 1933-1950. Iverson, N.M., et al., In vivo biosensing via tissue-localizable near-infrared-fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotubes. Nature nanotechnology, 2013. 8(11): p. 873-880. Reuel, N.F., et al., Nanoengineered glycan sensors enabling native glycoprofiling for medicinal applications: towards profiling glycoproteins without labeling or liberation steps. Chemical Society Reviews, 2012. 41(17): p. 5744-5779. Reuel, N.F., et al., Three-dimensional tracking of carbon nanotubes within living cells. Acs Nano, 2012. 6(6): p. 5420-5428. Reuel, N.F., et al., NoRSE: noise reduction and state evaluator for high-frequency single event traces. Bioinformatics, 2012. 28(2): p. 296-297. Mu, B., et al., A structure–function relationship for the optical modulation of phenyl boronic acid-grafted, polyethylene glycol-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012. 134(42): p. 17620-17627. Ulissi, Z.W., et al., Applicability of birth–death markov modeling for single-molecule counting using single-walled carbon nanotube fluorescent sensor arrays. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2011. 2(14): p. 1690-1694. Shih, C.-J., et al., Bi-and trilayer graphene solutions. Nature nanotechnology, 2011. 6(7): p. 439-445. Sangermano, M., et al., Semiconducting Single‐Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Radical Photoinitiators. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2011. 212(14): p. 1469-1473. Reuel, N.F., et al., Transduction of glycan–lectin binding using near-infrared fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotubes for glycan profiling. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011. 133(44): p. 17923-17933. Kim, J.-H., et al., Single-molecule detection of H2O2 mediating angiogenic redox signaling on fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotube array. Acs Nano, 2011. 5(10): p. 7848-7857. Heller, D.A., et al., Peptide secondary structure modulates single-walled carbon nanotube fluorescence as a chaperone sensor for nitroaromatics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011. 108(21): p. 8544-8549. Boghossian, A.A., et al., The chemical dynamics of nanosensors capable of single-molecule detection. The Journal of chemical physics, 2011. 135(8): p. 084124. Boghossian, A.A., et al., Near‐Infrared Fluorescent Sensors based on Single‐Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Life Sciences Applications. ChemSusChem, 2011. 4(7): p. 848-863. Ahn, J.-H., et al., Label-free, single protein detection on a near-infrared fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotube/protein microarray fabricated by cell-free synthesis. Nano letters, 2011. 11(7): p. 2743-2752. Zhang, J., et al., Single molecule detection of nitric oxide enabled by d (AT) 15 DNA adsorbed to near infrared fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotubes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010. 133(3): p. 567-581. James, C.D., et al., High-efficiency magnetic particle focusing using dielectrophoresis and magnetophoresis in a microfluidic device. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 2010. 20(4): p. 045015. Reuel, N.F., Development of the MD Ring: A Micro-passive Glucose Sensor for Diabetics. 2008, Brigham Young University. James, C.D., et al., Impedimetric and optical interrogation of single cells in a microfluidic device for real-time viability and chemical response assessment. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2008. 23(6): p. 845-851. James, C.D., et al., A Portable Bead-Based Detection System with Integrated Magnetic Preconcentration and Dielectrophoretic Multichannel Cytometry. 2008, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States).