Naomi Halas

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Naomi Halas
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationLa Salle University,
Bryn Mawr College
Known forNanophotonics
AwardsDoD Cancer Innovator
Scientific career
FieldsBiological engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
InstitutionsIBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Rice University,
Thesis (1986)

Naomi J. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, and director of Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009), National Academy of Sciences (2013) and National Academy of Engineering (2014).

She is a Fellow of five professional societies: the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her current work focuses on nanoshells which her nanophotonics group is developing at Rice University. In 1987, she was part of a team that developed a "dark pulse" soliton while working for IBM.


Early career[edit]

Halas received her bachelor's degree from La Salle University in 1980. She obtained her master's degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1984 and her doctorate from Bryn Mawr in 1986.

She was working for IBM in 1987 when she developed a "dark pulse" soliton with Dieter Kroekel, Giampiero Giuliani and Daniel Grischkowsky. A "dark pulse" soliton is a standing wave that propagates through an optical fiber without spreading and which consists of a short interruption of a light pulse.


Halas was recruited to Rice University by the mid-1990s, where she now heads the Nanoengineering Unit bearing her name. Her work in the 21st century focuses on noble metal nanoshells covering semiconducting or insulating cores. A nanoshell is a 100 nanometer spherical shell of metal (often gold) surrounding a core of silicon dioxide.

Halas's unit is investigating the special properties of nanoshells including:

  • a potential treatment for cancer similar to chemotherapy but without the toxic side-effects;
  • inexpensive, quick analysis of samples as small as a single molecule.

Halas has received a "Cancer Innovator" from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the US Department of Defense. The Department of Defense granted Halas and Dr. Jennifer West $3 million to conduct research into the potential of this treatment. Nanotechnology Now awarded Halas and West the award for Best Discovery of 2003.

Other research[edit]

Her group has also studied coherent Raman spectroscopy with fano resonances and aluminum nanoparticles.[1]

Selected honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Publications - Halas Research Group". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  2. ^ "Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize Recipient: Naomi Halas". Retrieved 2018-01-29. Citation:"for her pioneering research at the intersection of optics and nanoscience, and groundbreaking applications of those findings in the field of plasmonics, and for her exceptional impact communicating the excitement of scientific discoveries and their vital role in improving people’s lives."
  3. ^ "The Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  4. ^ "Weizmann Women and Science Award: Prof. Naomi Halas". Retrieved 2018-01-29. “For pioneering and seminal contributions to the field of plasmonics, which have profoundly influenced modern optics – both in basic understanding and in applications”
  5. ^ "Halas, Nordlander awarded Optical Society's R.W. Wood Prize". 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  6. ^ "Naomi Halas honored with Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award" (pdf). 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  7. ^ "2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids Recipient Halas". Retrieved 2018-01-29. Citation: "For seminal contributions to our understanding of the photophysics of low dimensional material systems, revealing the rich optical properties of plasmons, excitons, and electrons in confined geometries."
  8. ^ "Honoris Causa". 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  9. ^ "Gordon Research Conferences: Alexander M. Cruickshank Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2018-01-29.

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