Halas Group Members





Principal Investigator



Naomi Halas
Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy
Director, Laboratory for Nanophotonics

DSc, 2007, La Salle University
PhD, 1987, Physics, Bryn Mawr College
MA, 1984, Physics, Bryn Mawr College
BA, 1980, Chemistry, La Salle College




Postdocs & Research Scientists


  Surbhi Lal
Research Scientist
Electrical & Computer Engineering

PhD, 2006, Applied Physics, Rice University 
MS, 1997, Physics, Texas Tech University
MS, 1988, Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, New Dehli, India
BS, 1986, Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India

     
  Oara Neumann
Research Scientist
Electrical & Computer Engineering

PhD, 2013, pplied Physics, Rice University
MS, 2004, Chemical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
MS, 1997, Analytical Chemistry, University of Bucharest, Romania
BA, 1996, Chemistry, University of Bucharest, Romania

Research:
Probing of biomolecules using plasmonic nanostructures
Solar Steam generation using plasmonic nanoparticles

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    Christopher DeSantis
Post Doctoral Researcher
Chemistry

PhD, 2014, Chemistry, Indiana University
BS, 2009, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University

Research: Bimetallic nanoparticle synthesis







Graduate Students

  Ben Cerjan
Applied Physics

BA, 2012, Physics and Astronomy, Carleton College

Research:
Nanoantenna design and fabrication for surface-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

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Liangliang Dong
Chemistry

MSE, 2014, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
BS, 2012, Chemistry, Wuhan University

Research:
Nanostructure fabrication and surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy

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Amanda Goodman
Chemistry

MA, 2013, Chemistry, Rice University
BS, 2010, Chemistry, University of Iowa

Research:
Synthesis and functionalization of plasmonic nanostructures for medical applications

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  Sam Gottheim
Chemistry

BS, 2011, Chemistry, Muhlenberg College

Research:
Fractal nanoparticle plasmonics for the elucidation of broadband extinction

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  Nate Hogan
Applied Physics

BA, 2011, Applied Physics, Brigham Young University

Research:
Solar-powered and laser-mediated steam generation



  Adam Lauchner
Applied Physics

MS, 2012, Nanoscale Physics, Rice University
BS, 2006, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Research:
Use of plasmonic structures for the development of photodetection devices in the infrared and ultraviolet

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  Michael McClain
Chemistry

MA, 2013, Chemistry, Rice University
BS, 2011, Chemistry, Emory University
BA, 2011, Physics, Emory University

Research:
Chemical synthesis of aluminum nanoparticles

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  Alejandra Garcia Piantanida
Chemistry

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  Andrea Schlather
Chemistry

MA, 2012, Chemistry, Rice University
BS, 2009, Chemistry, University of Houston

Research:
Modulating the plasmonic properties of metal nanoclusters through plasmon-exciton interactions

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  Ali Sobhani
Electrical & Computer Engineering

MS, 2014, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University
MS, 2011, Nanoelectronics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Research:
Exploiting plasmonics in opto-electronic devices for energy harvesting and sensing

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  Dayne Swearer
Chemistry

MS, 2014, Organic Chemistry, Drexel University
BS, 2014, Chemistry, Drexel University

Research:
Hot-electron photocatalysis and electron spectroscopy


   
  Shu Tian
Chemistry


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Fangfang Wen
Chemistry

MA, 2012, Chemistry, Rice University
MS, 2010, Nanophotonics, Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan, France
BS, 2008, Optical Science & Technology, Xi'an University of Posts &Telecommunications, China

Research:
Optical nanoantennas

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  Chao Zhang
Electrical & Computer Engineering

BS, 2012, Mathematics and Physics, Tsinghua University, China

Research:
Optical characterization of plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis

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  Bob Zheng
Electrical and Computer Engineering

MS, 2014, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
BS, 2010, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research:
Plasmonic hot carrier photophysics

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  Linan Zhou
Chemistry

BS, 2012, Chemistry, Peking University, China

Research:
Plasmon-enhanced heterogeneous catalytic chemical reactions

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Undergraduate and Visiting Researchers

 Carrie Li
Chemistry

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Valeria Marangoni
Chemistry

MS, 2012, Applied Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
BS, 2009, Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Research:
Development of MRI-active nanoparticles for medical applications





Lab Administrators


 
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Carol Lively
Administrator
Rice Quantum Institute (RQI)
Applied Physics Graduate Program





Alumni

Carla Aguirre  Graduate Research Associate, University of Montreal
Richard Averitt  Associate Professor, Boston University
Rizia Bardhan Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Aoune Barhoumi Postdoctoral Fellow, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT
Felix Berg
Sandra Bishnoi  Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Kelley Bradley  Nanofabrication Facility Manager, University of Houston
Bruce Brinson  Self-Employed Consultant
Lisa Brown Postdoctoral Associate, NIST Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
Clarence Charnay Universite Montpellier 2, Place Eugene Batallion, France
Alan Cheville Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University
Joseph Cole Algorithm Developer, Applied Materials
Jared Day  
Dan Duan  
Zheyu Fang Research Professor, Peking University; Adjunct Faculty, Rice ECE Department
Tumasang Fofang Sandia National Laboratories
Nathaniel Grady  Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Physics & Beijing National Lab for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Muhammed Gheith
Glenn Goodrich Director, Process Development and Chemistry, Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc., Houston  
Jan-Philipp Guenther    
Greg Hale Engineer, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Lee Hirsch Director, Defense Science Study Group, Inst for Def Analyses, Washington DC  
Ryan Huschka Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Newman University  
Joseph Jackson Patent Engineer, Osha Liang LLC, Houston
Tara Kasper  
Kevin Kelly Associate Professor, Rice University
Mark Knight Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), Amsterdam
Nick KingProportional Technologies, Houston, Texas
Janardan Kundu Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
Britt Lassiter Postdoctoral Fellow, David Smith Group, Duke University
Allen Lee  
Carly Levin Senior Research Scientist, Nano3D Biosciences, Inc.
Na Liu Assistant Professor, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
Yu Liu University of Pennsylvania
Nyein Zaw Lwin MBA Program, Florida
Nikolay Mirin  R&D Photolithography Process Engineer, Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, Idaho
Cristin Moran 3M, Minnesota
Julius Mueller  
Shaunak Mukherjee Engineer, Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA
Steve Oldenburg  President, nanoComposix, San Diego
Ciceron Ayala-Orozco  Postdoctoral Associate, Rice University
Phil Pippenger  Intellectual Property Attorney, Leydig, Voit, & Mayer, Ltd., Chicago
Corey Radloff  3M, Minnesota
Matt Reiten   
Jay Resh  Director, Advantage Testing, Houston
Dipankar Sarkar  Angstrom Instruments, India
Scott Sershen  United States Surgical
Jennifer Steele  Assistant Professor, Trinity University, San Antonio
Sri Priya Sundararajan  Senior Si Process Engineer, OneChipPhotonics, Ottawa, ON
Felicia Tam  Oxonica Materials, Inc., Mountain View, CA
Robin Taylor  Assistant Professor, Institute of Particle Technology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Christyn Thibodeaux
Alex Urban Principal Investigator, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
Hui Wang  Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Sarah Westcott  Nomadics, Stillwater, OK
Dan Wolfe   
Jian Ye Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Dongmao Zhang Associate Professor, Mississippi State University 
Yu Zhang Engineer, Lam Research, Fremont, CA