Theoretical Nanophotonics at Rice University

We are a theoretical group performing research in the field of nanophotonics and plasmonics. We use a wide range of numerical methods (FDTD, FEM, BEM, DDA, Mie, TDDFT) to investigate the optical properties of metallic, semiconductor, and graphene nanostructures, plasmonic, excitonic, and hybrid systems.


Peter Nordlander and Naomi Halas receive the prize medals from the president of the Italian republic, Sergio Mattarella.

Peter Nordlander and Naomi Halas win the Eni Energy Transition Award!

SPP10 conference at Rice. May 21-May 26, 2023.

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New Publications:

Dec.19 - PNAS, 2022 Dec 19. "Computational chromatography: A machine learning strategy for demixing individual chemical components in complex mixtures." Mary M. Bajomo, Yilong Ju, Jingyi Zhou, et al.

Dec.16 - Nano Lett., 2022 Dec 16. "Facet Tunability of Aluminum Nanocrystals." Parmeet Dhindsa, David Solti, Christian R. Jacobson, et al.

Nov.22 - Science, 2022 Nov 22. "Earth-abundant photocatalyst for H2 generation from NH3 with light-emitting diode illumination." Yigao Yuan, Linan Zhou, Hossein Robatjazi, et al.

Oct.31 - ACS Nano, 2022 Oct 31. "Fast Topology Optimization for Near-Field Focusing All-Dielectric Metasurfaces Using the Discrete Dipole Approximation." Yage Zhou, Ming Zhang, et al.

Oct.28 - J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022 Oct 28. "Plasmon-Generated Solvated Electrons for Chemical Transformations." David Solti, et al.

Oct.6 - ACS Nano, 2022 Oct 6. "Plasmonic Photocatalysis with Chemically and Spatially Specific Antenna-Dual Reactor Complexes." Lin Yuan, Jingyi Zhou, Ming Zhang, et al.

Sep.30 - ACS Energy Lett, 2022 September. "Direct H2S Decomposition by Plasmonic Photocatalysis: Efficient Remediation plus Sustainable Hydrogen Production." Minghe Lou, Junwei Lucas Bao, Linan Zhou, Gopal Narmada Naidu, et al.

Sep.13 - PNAS Nexus, 2022 September. "Plasmonic gadolinium oxide nanomatryoshkas: bifunctional magnetic resonance imaging enhancers for photothermal cancer therapy." Luke Henderson, Oara Neumann, Yara Kadria-Vili, Burak Gerislioglu, et al.

Aug.8 - J. Phys. Chem. C, 2022 Aug 8. "Plasmonically Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution with an Al–TiO2-Based Photoelectrode" Yuan L, Kuriakose A, Zhou J, et al.

July.11 - PNAS, 2022 July 11. "Gd2O3-mesoporous silica/gold nanoshells: A potential dual T1/T2 contrast agent for MRI-guided localized near-IR photothermal therapy" Kadria-Vili Y, Neumann O, Zhao Y, et al.

July.11 - Nanotechnology, 2022 July 11 "Towards scalable plasmonic Fano-resonant metasurfaces for colorimetric sensing" Cerjan B, Gerislioglu B, Link S, Nordlander P, Halas N J, and Griep M H.

June.23 - Nano Lett., June 33. "A Dual Catalyst Strategy for Controlling Aluminum Nanocrystal Growth" Jacobson C R, Wu G, Alemany L B, et al.

April.20 - Science advances, 2022 April 20. " Vacuum ultraviolet nonlinear metalens" Tseng M L, Semmlinger M, Zhang M, et al.

Mar.28 - Nature Catalysis, 2022 Mar 28. "Reply to: Distinguishing thermal from non-thermal contributions to plasmonic hydrodefluorination" Robatjazi H, Schirato A, et al.

Mar.16 - ACS Nano, 2022 Mar 16.. " Al@TiO2 Core−Shell Nanoparticles for Plasmonic Photocatalysis" Bayles A, Tian S, Zhou J, et al.