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, Applied 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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Alexander Urban
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Electrical & Computer Engineering

PhD, 2010, Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
MS, 2006, Physics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
MPhys, 2005, Optoelectronics and Lasers, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

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 Sandra Whaley Bishnoi
Research Scientist
Electrical & Computer Engineering

PhD, 2001, Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin
BS, 1997, Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin

Research: Designing nanoparticles for drug delivery and thermal ablation of metastatic tumors.

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Graduate Students


Ciceron Ayala-Orozco
Chemistry

MS, 2009, Theoretical Chemistry, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico
BS, 2007, Biological Chemistry & Pharmacology, Universidad Michoacana, Mexico

Research:
Engineering nanostructures for medical applications, developing nanoshell-based DNA/peptide bioconjugates, and analyzing plasmon-exciton coupling in nanoshell-quantum dot complexes

     
  Lisa Brown
Chemistry

MA, 2009, Chemistry, Rice University
BS, 2007, Chemistry, Louisiana State University
BA, 2007, Music, Louisiana State University

Research:
Fabrication and characterization of metallic nanoantennas for surface-enhanced spectroscopies

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  Jared Day
Applied Physics

MS, 2010, Rice University
BSEE, 2003, Johns Hopkins University


Research:
Development of plasmonic nanostructures to investigate subwavelength energy transport (waveguiding) and the optical and electrical generation of surface plasmon waves

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  Anubhav Dixit
Nanoscale Physics

MS, 2014, Nanoscale Physics, Rice University
B.Tech, 2012, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Sir Padampat Singhania University, Udaipur, India


Research:
Studying and comparing the steam quality of aqueous solutions containing nanoparticles

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  Jan-Philipp Guenther
Chemistry Exchange Student

Vordiplom, 2012, Chemistry, Johannes-Gutenberg Universitaet, Mainz, Germany

Research:
Triggered release of proteins for cancer treatment by use of functionalized nanomatryoskas

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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:
UV plasmonics for sensing applications

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  Nate Hogan
Applied Physics

BA, 2011, Applied Physics, Brigham Young University

Research:
Solar-powered and laser-mediated steam generation

   
  Nick King
Physics

MS, 2011, Physics, Rice University
BS, 2008, Physics, Rice University

Research:
Coupling of light into dielectric waveguides utilizing plasmonic nanoparticles and asymmetric dielectric environments

     
  Mark Knight
Electrical & Computer Engineering

MS, 2009, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University
BS, 2006, Physics, Carleton College

Research:
Opto-electrical plasmonics and the physics of asymmetric nanostructures

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  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
BS, 2011, Physics, Emory University

Research:
Chemical synthesis of aluminum nanoparticles

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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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  Christyn A. Thibodeaux
Applied Physics

BS, 2010, Physics, Xavier University of Louisiana

Research:
Engineering and characterization of sub-50 nm nanoparticles for theranostic nanomedicine

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Fangfang Wen
Chemistry

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

Research:
Optical nanoantennas

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  Yu Zhang
Physics

MS, 2011, Physics, Rice University
MS, 2007, Plasma Physics, University of Science and Technology of China
BS, 2004, Plasma Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

Research:
Nonlinear optics by asymmetric plasmonic nanostructures

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  Bob Zheng
Electrical and Computer Engineering

BS, 2010, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research:
Hybridizing electro-active materials with active plasmonic devices

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  Linan Zhou
Chemistry

BS, 2012, Chemistry, Peking University, China

Research:
Plasmon-enhanced heterogeneous catalytic chemical reactions

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Lab Administrators

 Sandy Williams
Administrator
Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP)


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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 BardhanAssistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Aoune BarhoumiPostdoctoral Fellow, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT
Sandra Bishnoi Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Kelley Bradley Nanofabrication Facility Manager, University of Houston
Bruce Brinson Self-Employed Consultant
Clarence CharnayUniversite Montpellier 2, Place Eugene Batallion, France
Alan ChevilleAssociate Professor, Oklahoma State University
Joseph ColeAlgorithm Developer, Applied Materials
Dan Duan 
Zheyu FangResearch Professor, Peking University; Adjunct Faculty, Rice ECE Department
Tumasang FofangSandia National Laboratories
Nathaniel Grady Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Physics & Beijing National Lab for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Muhammed Gheith
Glenn GoodrichDirector, Process Development and Chemistry, Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc., Houston 
Greg HaleEngineer, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Lee HirschDirector, Defense Science Study Group, Inst for Def Analyses, Washington DC 
Ryan HuschkaAssistant Professor of Chemistry, Newman University 
Joseph JacksonPatent Engineer, Osha Liang LLC, Houston
Tara Kasper 
Kevin KellyAssociate Professor, Rice University
Janardan KunduPostdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
Britt LassiterPostdoctoral Fellow, David Smith Group, Duke University
Allen Lee 
Carly LevinSenior Research Scientist, Nano3D Biosciences, Inc.
Na LiuAssistant Professor, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
Yu LiuUniversity of Pennsylvania
Nyein Zaw LwinMBA Program, Florida
Nikolay Mirin R&D Photolithography Process Engineer, Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, Idaho
Cristin Moran3M, Minnesota
Julius Mueller 
Shaunak MukherjeeEngineer, Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA
Steve Oldenburg President, nanoComposix, San Diego
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
Hui Wang Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Sarah Westcott Nomadics, Stillwater, OK
Dan Wolfe  
Jian YeAssociate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Dongmao ZhangAssociate Professor, Mississippi State University