|Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM|
Prof. Naomi Halas, Stanley C. Moore Professor, and director of the Laboratory of Nanophotonics at Rice University, will join academe's highest body, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), with 66 other newly elected members. She was elected for her contributions to the nanoscale engineering of optical resonances and line shapes.
Prof. Halas's research focuses on designing, developing, characterizing and prototyping optically active nanostructures using experimental methods drawn from chemistry, nanofabrication, and biological assembly methods. She group is known for their studies of both the fundamentals and applications of optically active nanostructures. Applications of their work are frequently featured in popular media, including ScienceDaily, The Washington Post, and BBC News Radio. These applications cover an impressively broad range from ultra-sensitive chemical sensing using plasmonic nanostructures, catalytic phenomena that drive chemical reactions near metallic nanoparticle surfaces, biomedical imaging, light-triggered gene therapy, and coupled-quantum dot-plasmonic devices to materials that can harvest solar energy.
Prof. Halas is the first professor from Rice University to hold memberships in both the National Academy of Science and the NAE.