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Nanophotonics pioneer Naomi Halas receives the 2019 American Chemical Society Award in Colloid Chemistry

28 September 2018

Naomi Halas | Image courtesy of Rice
Naomi Halas
Image courtesy of Rice

The American Chemical Society (ACS) honored SPIE Fellow Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, with the 2019 ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry. Halas will attend the 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando in April to receive the award.

The award, given annually since 1952, includes a $5,000 prize and certificate to recognize and encourage outstanding scientific contributions to colloid research. The prize is sponsored by the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

At Rice University where Halas is also a professor of biomedical engineering, chemistry, physics and astronomy, she founded the Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) and is director of the Rice Quantum Institute. In 2015, she was named director of the University’s Smalley-Curl Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Halas is the first person in Rice University's history to be elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering for research done at Rice.

As the author of over 250 publications and 23 papers published in the SPIE Digital Library, Halas’ research ranges from electromagnetic theory to chemical nanofabrication. She has served as conference chair and on many program committees for SPIE Events, as well as presenting at events dozens of times, including a plenary talk at Optics + Photonics 2017. She was made a Fellow of the Society in 2007.

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