Principal Investigator

Prof. Peter Nordlander
Prof. Peter Nordlander
(713) 348-5171
Office: Brockman Hall 308

Condensed Matter Theory, Electronic and Optical Properties of Nanoparticles, Electron Transfer and Transport in Nanostructures, Nanooptics, Nanophotonics, Plasmonics.

Research Scientists

Dr. Chizuko M. Dutta
Dr. Chizuko Matsubara Dutta
(713) 348-2506
Office: Brockman Hall 312

Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) Theory, Plasmon Hybridization Theory.

Dr. Manvir S. Kushwaha
Dr. Manvir Singh Kushwaha
(713) 348-2506
Office: Brockman Hall 312

Condensed Matter Physics: Theory. 

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Office: Brockman Hall 325 

Plasmonics, Heating Processes and Thermal Effects in Nanostructures, Electric and Magnetic Properties of Plasmonic Systems, Non-linear Effects in High Temperature Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Computational Electromagnetics.

Office: Brockman Hall 325 

Theoretical Quantum Nanoplasmonics, (Time-Dependent) Density-Functional Theory Atomistic Approaches, TDDFT-jellium Description of Nanoparticles, Quantum Mechanical Processes, Computational Classical Electrodynamics.

Graduate Students

Minhan Lou
(713) 562-4862
Office: Brockman Hall 327

Thermoplasmonics, Aluminum plasmonics.

Jian Yang
(713) 348-3541
Office: Brockman Hall 321

Nonlinear Generation, Optical Forces, Aluminum Plasmonics,
Ming Zhang
(713) 562-4862
Office: Brockman Hall 327

Plasmonic Nanoshells and Nanomatryoshkas, Nonlinear Generation.

Runmin Zhang
(713) 348-3541 
Office: Brockman Hall 321 

Theoretical Quantum Nanoplasmonics, (Time-Dependent) Density Functional Theory.

Visiting Students

Mattin Urbieta Galarraga
(713) 527-8101
Office: Brockman Hall 323

Plasmonic Picocavities, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS), Hydrodynamical Model, Boundary Element Method (BEM)

Former Members 

  • Hangqi Zhao - now a data scientist at Visa Inc.                                                                                                                   - PhD thesis (2017) - Hot Carrier Generation in Nanostructures for Efficient Photocatalysis and Photodetection                  
  • Andrea Schirato - now an undergraduate student at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.                                                             - Linkedin:                                                                                              
  • Xiao Yang - now a quantitative analyst. 
         - PhD thesis (2017) - Extraordinary Light-Induced Local Field, Angular Momentum and Force near Metallic Nanoparticles                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Yue Zhang - now a research engineer at 
         - PhD thesis (2017) - Interacting Surface Plasmon with Electron Beam and Acoustic Vibration                                      - Linkedin:

  • Yao Cui - now a data scientist at KUKA. 
         - PhD thesis (2016) - Molecular Plasmonics                                                                                                             -      - Linkedin:         
  • Jun Liu - now a research scientist at Xtal Inc. 
         - PhD thesis (2016) - Dynamics of Plasmon-Induced Hot Carriers in Metallic Nanoparticles                                        
  • Dr. Hui Zhang now a seismic imaging analyst at CGG.  
    - Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014-2016) 
  • Thawda Aung - now a quantitative analyst at Invesco.
  • Yang Cao - now a geophysicist at CGG. 
         - PhD thesis (2015) - Optical properties of core-shell nanoparticles, Nanoring-based structures, and periodic nanostructures, EELS.
  • Dr. Montacer Dridi
         - Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014)
  • Dr. Nicolas Large - now an assistant professor at UTSA.
         - Postdoctoral Research Associate (2012-2014)
         - website:
  • Dr. Ke Zhao - now Processing Geophysicist at Schlumberger
         - Postdoctoral Research Associate (2012-2013)