Halas Research Group

Nanoengineered Photonics and Plasmonics

Rice University

Recent news:

Congratulations to Naomi for winning the prestigious 2022 Eni Energy Transition Award for developing light-powered "antenna-reactor" catalysts for industrial-scale hydrogen production!!

Past and present Halas group members reunion at Gordon Research Conference-Plasmonics and nanophotonics!

Recent publication:

Yigao Yuan†, Linan Zhou†, Hossein Robatjazi*, Junwei Lucas Bao, Jingyi Zhou, Aaron Bayles, Lin Yuan, Minghe Lou, Minhan Lou, Suman Khatiwada, Emily A. Carter*, Peter Nordlander*, and Naomi J. Halas*, Earth-abundant photocatalyst for H2 generation from NH3 with light-emitting diode illumination, Science 2022, 378 (6622), 889-893. (equal contribution)

Lin Yuan, Jingyi Zhou, Ming Zhang, Xuelan Wen, John Mark P. Matirez, Hossein Robatjazi, Linan Zhou, Emily A. Carter*, Peter Nordlander*, and Naomi J. Halas*. Plasmonic Photocatalysis with Chemically and Spatially Specific Antenna–Dual Reactor Complexes , ACS Nano 2022, 16, 10, 17365–17375

Our group is focused on four principal missions:

    1. to design new optically active nanostructures driven by function

    2. to develop and implement new nanofabrication strategies to build, orient, and pattern these nanostructures into new materials and devices

    3. to characterize and understand the physical properties of these optically active nanostructures, devices and materials

    4. to prototype the use of optically active nanostructures in applications of potential technological and broad societal interest

A major goal of our research program is to produce PhD research scientists with significantly expanded skill sets and expertise who can develop new solutions to research and engineering problems beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. For more information, click on the links in the sidebar.