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Naomi Halas receives the 2019 Spiers Memorial Award

26 February 2019

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

The Royal Society of Chemistry honored SPIE Fellow Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, with the 2019 Spiers Memorial Award at the society’s Faraday Discussion meeting in London in February.

The award, given annually since 1929, includes £2000, a medal and a certificate, and recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of a Faraday Discussion. Faraday Discussions are unique international discussion meetings that focus on rapidly developing areas of chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines. A committee selects award winners who are likely to provide the most stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to the discussion. Halas was selected for "pioneering research at the intersection of optics and nanoscience, and the demonstration of optical property manipulation by nanoparticle geometry."

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. She was made a Fellow of the Society in 2007.

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