Naomi HALAS

Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Physics, Professor of Chemistry,
Professor of Bioengineering, and Director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics, RiceUniversity, Houston, TX, USA. 

Naomi 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, Chemistry, and Bioengineering. She joined Rice following a postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She is author of more than 180 refereed publications, has more than ten issued patents, and has presented more than 300 invited talks. She is best known scientifically as the inventor of nanoshells, nanoparticles with tunable optical resonances that span the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum. Halas has studied their properties and pursued applications of nanoshells in biomedicine and chemical sensing. She is co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc., a company currently commercializing a photothermal cancer therapy based on nanoshells. She is founder and Director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) at Rice, which supports collaborations and interactions among researchers at Rice and other institutions nationally and internationally in the emerging field of Plasmon-based optics and applications. She is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Scineces and a Fellow of five professional societies: the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters.

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