|Education||La Salle University, |
Bryn Mawr College
|Awards||DoD Cancer Innovator|
Electrical and Computer Engineering
|Institutions||IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Rice University,|
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.
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 Nanoenginering 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 atoms.
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 Defence. The Department of Defence 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.
Selected honors and awards
- 2018 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize
- 2017 Willis E. Lamb Award
- 2017 Weizmann Women and Science Award
- 2015 R. W. Wood Prize, Optical Society of America
- 2014 SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award
- 2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, American Physical Society
- 2013 Member, National Academy of Sciences
- 2013 Fellow, Materials Research Society
- 2012 Doctor of Science honoris causa, University of Victoria, Canada
- 2012 Alexander M. Cruickshank Award, Gordon Research Conferences
- 2010 R. E. Tressler Award, Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
- 2009 Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 2008 Fellow, IEEE- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- 2007 Doctor of Science honoris causa, La Salle University
- 2007 Fellow, SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering
- 2005 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- 2003 Fellow, Optical Society of America
- 2001 Fellow, American Physical Society
- "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."
- "The Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
- "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”
- "Halas, Nordlander awarded Optical Society's R.W. Wood Prize". 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
- "Naomi Halas honored with Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award" (pdf). 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
- "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."
- "Honoris Causa". uvic.ca. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
- "Gordon Research Conferences: Alexander M. Cruickshank Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
- Naomi Halas Rice webpage
- "Curriculum Vitae - Naomi J. Halas, D.Sc". 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
- The American Hungarian Federation: Featured Member
- CNN biography and interview with Naomi Halas, June 2007
- An SPIE video interview with Naomi Halas about metallic nanoparticles
- Nanotechnology Now article of Best Discovery Award
- Bryan Bunch and Alexander Hellemans eds History of Science and Technology Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 1987 entry
- Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, Sweating the Small Stuff: Nanotechnology and Texas' Economic Future, 2003
- PBS NOVA ScienceNow Profile - a free 10-minute video clip