Naomi J. Halas
Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Director of Laboratory for Nanophotonics and of Rice Quantum Institute

Rational design and fabrication of nanoscale optical structures, which exploit the plasmon resonant properties of ultrasmall metal structures to focus and manipulate light.

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Peter Nordlander
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Theoretical investigation of the electronic structure, transport and optical properties of nanostructures using analytical methods such as Plasmon Hydridization theory and numerical methods such as Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD), and Finite Element Method (FEM).


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Jason H. Hafner
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, and of Chemistry

Single particle spectroscopy of gold and silver nanoparticles. Development of a new tip technology for Recognition AFM to enhance the ability to probe specific biomolecular interactions. Synthesis, properties, and biological applications of plasmonic nanostructures.

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Stephan Link
Associate Professor of Chemistry, and of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Single molecule/nanoparticle imaging and spectroscopy techniques for the understanding of the radiative and nonradiative properties of individual plasmonic nanoparticles and their assemblies.


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Jiming Bao
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Synthesize, pattern, and integrate structures with control of physical dimension, morphology, chemical composition, and crystalline phase. Elaboration of nanomaterials for biomedical sensing, therapeutics, optoelectronics, photonics, and energy-related applications.

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Emilie Ringe
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and of Chemistry 

Investigation and characterization of the structural and compositional features of nanomaterials that critically control sensing, plasmonic light localization, and catalysis. To approach the interdisciplinary field of nanoengineeering, we use a variety of advanced techniques, with a special focus on state-of-the-art electron-beam spectroscopy, theoretical modelling, and optical techniques.


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Christy Landes
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

As experimental physical chemists, the overall goal of our research is to understand the frequently complex structure-function relationships in biological systems and to use this information to inspire innovation in biomimetic materials design.

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Joining LANP in July 2016 

Palash Bharadwaj
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Optical antennas for enhanced light-matter interaction at the nanoscale; Tip-enhanced near-field spectroscopy and microscopy; Nano-optoelectronics with two-dimensional crystals, nanowires and quantum dots; Ultrafast energy transduction between electrons and photons in tunnel junctions.

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Gururaj Naik
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Exploring novel ways to generate and store clean energy by engineering the flow of light and heat at nanoscale: metal and semiconductor nanostructures for enhanced light absorption and emission, spectrally selective thermal emission, and dynamic control of light flow.