2019 Spiers Memorial Award Winner
Awarded for pioneering research at the intersection of optics and nanoscience, and the demonstration of optical property manipulation by nanoparticle geometry
About the Winner
Naomi J. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, where she also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science and Nanoengineering, and Bioengineering. She is best known as the first person to demonstrate that controlling the geometry of metallic nanoparticles determines their color. She pursues fundamental studies of plasmonic and nanophotonic systems and their applications in biomedicine, optoelectronics, chemical sensing, solar steam generation with applications in off-grid water treatment, and most recently, plasmonic photocatalysis. She is author of more than 300 refereed publications, has more than 20 issued patents, and has presented more than 500 invited talks. Dr. Halas is a founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, a Houston-based company developing ultralocalized photothermal therapies for cancer, and Syzygy Plasmonics, a company developing photocatalysts that enable chemical reactions of industrial importance at temperatures far below current technologies. She has been awarded the APS Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, the R. W. Wood Prize of the OSA, the ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry, and the APS Julius Lilienfeld Prize for outstanding contributions to physics by a single individual who also has exceptional skills in lecturing to diverse audiences. Halas has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (all U. S.).
Professor Naomi J. Halas
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