Mission Areas


Research Topics

  • Advanced materials
  • Biodevices
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonics/optical sensors
  • Sensors


The Toor Lab focuses on ultraviolet (UV) to terahertz (THz) photonics research. The synergy among the projects comes from a focus on designing photonic devices that detect, generate, or manipulate light.

Example applications include environmental ones, such as developing high-efficiency solar cells for low-cost renewable energy generation. Other research thrusts benefit biotechnology and medical sciences, such as compact high-power lasers that could be used to obliterate tumors selectively and nanowire probes that could be used to detect viruses and cancer biomarkers.



Photo of Fatima Toor

Fatima Toor, PhD

Director, Toor Lab
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lowell G. Battershell Chair in Laser Engineering

Key Lab Equipment

  • Three large area optical tables to conduct optical experiments
  • A large collection of optical mounts, rotational, and translation stages
  • LabView operating computers for automated measurements
  • Three spectrometers that cover the wavelengths of 300 nm - 1000 nm (Ocean Optics UV-Vis-IR), 950 nm to 1650 nm (Ocean Optics Flame IR), and 2000 nm to 22,000 nm (Nicolet Magna 560 FTIR)
  • Keithley C-V analyzer
  • Signatone four point probe sheet resistivity measurement system
  • PV Measurements solar simulator


Visitors and researchers interacting at the ITI open house

ITI Open House showcases research diversity of faculty, staff, and students

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
University of Iowa Technology Institute
The University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) hosted a research open house to celebrate the excellence and diversity of research being conducted by faculty, staff, and students.
Fatima Toor with student researchers

Toor honored with Lowell Battershell Endowed Chair in Laser Engineering

Friday, October 15, 2021
University of Iowa Technology Institute
Fatima Toor, a University of Iowa associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and an Iowa Technology Institute faculty affiliate, has been appointed to the Lowell G. Battershell Endowed Chair in Laser Engineering.