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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Graduate Students


 
Arzeena Ali 
Chemistry

BS, 2016, Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research:
Shape control of aluminum nanocrystals 

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  Ben Cerjan
Physics

BA, 2012, Physics and Astronomy, Carleton College

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

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   Kyle Chapkin
Applied Physics

BS, 2014, Astrophysics, Rice University

Research: 
Ultrafast dynamics and characterization of molecular plasmon systems

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  Benjamin Clark
Chemistry

BA, 2015, Chemistry, Occidental College

Research:
Shape-controlled synthesis of aluminum nanocrystals

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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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  Pratiksha Dongare
Applied Physics

MSc, 2013, Physics, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan, India
BE, 
2013, Electronics and Instrumentation, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan, India

Research:
Optical properties of carbon black for solar thermal applications

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Luke Henderson
Chemistry

BS, 2015, Chemistry, Auburn University

Research:
Synthesis of plasmonic nanomaterials for medical applications


     

Christian Jacobson
Chemistry

BA, 2016, Chemistry, Northwestern University

Research:
Dark field spectroscopy of aluminum nanoparticles

     
  Minghe Lou
Chemistry

BS, 2017, Chemistry, Peking University

Research:
Plasmonic Photocatalysis

   
  Jordin Metz
Chemistry

BS, 2016, Chemistry, Tufts University

Research:
Nanophotonics-enabled water treatment

     
  David Renard
Chemistry

BS, 2015, Chemistry, University of Michigan - Dearborn

Research:
Surface modification and directed growth of aluminum nanoparticles

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Hossein Robatjazi
Electrical & Computer Engineering

MS, 2015, 
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University
MS, 2011, Analytical Chemistry, 
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
BS, 2009, Applied Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

Research:
Surface modification of aluminum nanoparticles for plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis
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  Michael Semmlinger
Applied Physics

BS, 2015, Physics, Sam Houston State University

Research:
Nonlinear optics using plasmonics and nanophotonics

     
  Dayne Swearer
Chemistry

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

Research:
Hot-electron photocatalysis and electron spectroscopy


     
  Mehbuba Tanzid (Mihika)
Electrical and Computer Engineering

MS, 2013, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, KU Leuven, Belgium and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
BS, 2011, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

Research:
Imaging through plasmonic nanoparticles, Plasmonic photodetection
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  Shu Tian
Chemistry

MS, 2016, Chemistry, Rice University
BS, 2009, Chemistry, Fudan University, China

Research:
SERS and plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis

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  Lin Yuan
Chemistry

BS, 2017, Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Research:
Nanostructure fabrication and plasmonic photocatalysis

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  Chao Zhang
Electrical & Computer Engineering

MS, 2016, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
BS, 2012, Mathematics and Physics, Tsinghua University, China

Research:
Plasmonic photocatalysis

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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


 


Lab Administrators


 
Andrea Galindo



Andrea Galindo

Administrator, LANP
Electrical & Computer Engineering
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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  
Christopher DeSantis  
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
Amanda Goodman Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX
Glenn Goodrich Director, Process Development and Chemistry, Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc., Houston  
Sam Gottheim Process Engineer, Applied Materials
Jan-Philipp Guenther    
Greg Hale Engineer, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Lee Hirsch Director, Defense Science Study Group, Inst for Def Analyses, Washington DC  
Nathan Hogan Zions Bank, Salt Lake City, UT
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 King Proportional Technologies, Houston, Texas
Janardan Kundu Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
Adam Lauchner Mission Control, NASA
Britt Lassiter Postdoctoral Fellow, David Smith Group, Duke University
Allen Lee  
Carly Levin Senior Research Scientist, Nano3D Biosciences, Inc.
Carrie Li  
Na Liu Assistant Professor, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
Yu Liu University of Pennsylvania
Nyein Zaw Lwin MBA Program, Florida
Valeria Marangoni University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Michael McClain Fletcher Yoder, Houston, TX
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
Alejandra Garcia Piantanida  
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
Andrea Schlather Postdoctoral Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Scott Sershen  United States Surgical
Ali Sobhani  Wafer Fabrication R&D Scientist
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
Ming Lun Tseng  Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Christyn Thibodeaux
Alex Urban Principal Investigator, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
Hui Wang  Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Fangfang Wen R&D Engineer, Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, Idaho
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
Bob Zheng