About IoF

The IoF was founded in 2001 by Dr. Chris D. Geddes, Professor and Director. Since that time, the IoF has rapidly become one of the most prominent academic institutes' for fluorescence and its applications world-wide.

The IoF is proud to be the home and distributor of the majority of the fluorescence peer-reviewed literature, including: The Journal of Fluorescence; Plasmonics (Journal); The Who’s Who in Fluorescence Annual Volume; The Annual Reviews in Fluorescence Series; and Topics in Fluorescence Spectroscopy Series. In addition, the Society of Fluorescence is also administered by the IoF. Other volumes, such as the recent "Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence" volume are also produced/edited by the IoF.

The Research and Intellectual Property portfolio at the IoF is expansive, with combined research and collaborative programs totaling many millions of dollars in the last few years. The IoF is also well-recognized for its translational research activities, with over 60 patents liscensed to Industry and the spin out of one Maryland based Biotech company, Plasmonix Inc.

Research at the Institute of Fluorescence is concerned with the development of new leading-edge and existing fluorescence and plasmonic based phenomenon for resolving clinically, biologically and industrially important questions, as well as addressing areas of immense national and international importance. These include the development of clinical devices for health care safeguard and continuous monitoring, the development of technologies to facilitate the early and rapid detection of bio-warfare agents; as well as developing fundamental scientific principles / theories, which are themselves likely to find a global impact and use.

Under the leadership of Dr. Chris D. Geddes, the IoF has earned a well-deserved international reputation for its advances in Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Plasmonics. Approaches and concepts both developed and discovered by the group, such as Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF), Metal-Enhanced Chemiluminescence (MEC), Surface-Plasmon Coupled Phenomenon, Microwave-Accelerated Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence (MAMEF) and the glucose-sensing contact lens, are both well-recognized, highly cited and currently used in laboratories around the world today.