Surface Engineering of Plasmonic Lattices for Expanded Applications

KNI Distinguished Seminar with Dr. Teri Odom, the Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University.


The miniaturization of bulk optical components such as lasers and lenses has revolutionized modern optoelectronic devices, from cameras in smart phones to high-resolution displays to wearable optics. Driving advances have relied not only on a reduction in footprint but also on a completely new design of the optical components based on discrete, nanoscale building blocks. This talk will describe how lattices of metal nanoparticles can function as a simple yet powerful platform for nanoscale meta-optics. We will discuss breakthroughs in the design and fabrication of plasmonic nanoparticle lattices based on surface engineering that have enabled an expanded suite of applications, from nanoscale lasing to strong coupling to photo-electrocatalysis.


Teri W. Odom is Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University. She is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical and physical properties. Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that have resulted in plasmon-based nanoscale lasers that exhibit tunable color, flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale, and hierarchical substrates that show controlled wetting and super-hydrophobicity. She has also invented a class of biological nanoconstructs that are facilitating unique insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions and that show superior imaging and therapeutic properties because of their gold nanostar shape.

Odom is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Optical Society of America (OSA). Select honors and awards include: the RSC Centenary Prize; the ACS National Award in Surface Science; a Research Corporation TREE Award; a U.S. Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship; a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University; an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award; the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award; the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon and the ACS; an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship; and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

Odom was founding Chair of the Noble Metal Nanoparticles Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and founding Vice-Chair of the GRC on Lasers in Micro, Nano, Bio Systems. She was an inaugural Associate Editor for Chemical Science and founding Executive Editor of ACS Photonics. Her Personal Story of Discovery was featured by ACS Publications. Odom is Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters.

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Dec 07 2021


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