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Naomi Hallas

Rice University


Naomi Halas is a professor in electrical and computer engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering, chemistry, and physics at Rice University. She was educated from La Salle University and holds a PhD degree from Bryn Mawr College.

Her major research interest is plasmonics, including applications of in biomedicine, optoelectronics, chemical sensing, photocatalysis, and most recently in solar energy and sustainability.  She is an elected fellow of numerous societies, including American Physical Society (APS), Optical Society of America (OSA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Society for Optical Engineers (SPIE), Material Research Society (MRS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and National Academy of Inventors (NAI). She holds several editorial-board positions, and she was formerly an associate editor for Nano Letters (ACS). She is co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences – a Houston-based spin-out developing photothermal therapies for cancer based on plasmonic nanoparticles.

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