Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy
Director, Laboratory for Nanophotonics
Nanoengineering, Plasmonics, Nanophotonics
B.A. (1980) La Salle College, magna cum laude
M.A. (1984) Bryn Mawr College
Ph.D. (1986) Bryn Mawr College
D.Sc. (2007) La Salle University
Naomi J. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, where she also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Bioengineering. Her PhD research was performed with Daniel Grischkowsky at IBM Yorktown in the area of ultrafast nonlinear optics and dark soliton generation, where she also worked on the first terahertz time-domain spectroscopy efforts, also reported by the IBM group.
Dr. Halas joined Rice University following her postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where she studied time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on semiconductor surfaces. She is the author of more than 200 refereed publications, has more than 15 issued and pending patents, and has presented more than 300 invited talks. She is best known scientifically in the field of plasmonics as the inventor of tunable nanoparticles with resonances that span the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum, studying their properties and pursuing applications in biomedicine, chemical sensing, and energy.
Dr. Halas is co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc., a company currently commercializing a photothermal cancer therapy based on her nanoparticles. She is founder and Director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) at Rice, which supports collaborations and interactions among researchers at Rice and other institutions nationally and internationally in the field of Plasmon-based optics and applications. She is the Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded integrative graduate education and research training grant (IGERT) in Nanophotonics, the first such graduate training program in the U.S.
Dr. Halas has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of five professional societies: the Optical Society, the American Physical Society, the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a member of the advisory board for the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, and she is a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow of the U.S. Department of Defense. She is also Visiting Professor at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, was chair of the 2010 Plasmonics Gordon Research Conference, is a member of the Editorial Advisor Board of Laser and Photonics Reviews and an Associate Editor of Nano Letters.
Naomi J. Halas Curriculum Vitae
(updated December 10, 2012)