Recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER Award in 2011, Dr. Strauf's research provides innovation and advances in the areas of nanophotonics and nanoelectronics. Current research projects involve scalable quantum photonic devices based on vertical quantum dots and photonic crystals, Investigation of phase coherence in nano patterned graphene for the realization of electron wave interferometers, High–speed single electron memory from carbon nanotube quantum dots, Compound-lattice photonic crystals made by holographic lithography, and Experimental quantum key distribution using semiconductor single photon sources.

A 2011 paper in Nano Letters details Dr. Strauf's application of holographic lithography to the scalable fabrication of plasmonic nanogap arrays with features 70 times smaller than the wavelength of the laser light. These arrays are critical to the development of high-sensitivity sensing technologies and for photonic circuits in next-generation computing. A 2007 article entitled entitled, “High-frequency single-photon source with polarization control,” was featured as the cover article of the December 2007 issue of Nature Photonics. This article reports on the advances in high-performance single-photon sources based on quantum dots inside microcavities. Applications of single photon sources include Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Metrology, and Quantum Information Processing.

He is a member of professional societies such as the Optical Society of America (OSA), Amercian Physical Society (APS), and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and his academic and research achievements have resulted in honors such as the 2008 Harvey N. Davies Memorial Award for Research Excellence, Stevens Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral fellowship, 18 month, Max-Kade Foundation, NYC, USA. Granted proposal: "Quantum dots in microcavities for efficient single photon generation", 2002, AFOSR grant for the project, "Ultra-High-Speed Single Electron Memory Devices based on Carbon Nanotube Quantum Dots", and Postdoctoral fellowship, 12 month, Institute of Solid-State Physics, University of Bremen, Germany.