Photonics and Plasmonics

Rice University is a world leader in the science and applications of photons, plasmons, and their interactions, especially in modern artificial materials. Rice Applied Physics researchers in this area are creating novel types of particles and architectures that confine light to nanometer scales, which will lead to technologies in fields ranging from photovoltaics to biological and chemical sensors.

Core Faculty Members

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Naomi J. Halas

Stanley C. Moore Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, Biomedical Engineering Professor, Chemistry Professor, Physics and Astronomy Director, Smalley-Curl Institute Director, Laboratory for Nanophotonics


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Christy Landes

Professor of Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


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Stephan Link

Professor of Chemistry and Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Gururaj Naik

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Hanyu Zhu

William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair Assistant Professor


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Peter Nordlander

Wiess Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Other Faculty Members

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Kevin F. Kelly

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Junichiro Kono

Chair, Applied Physics Program Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, Materials Science and Nanoengineering Professor, Physics and Astronomy


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Jacob T. Robinson

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

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Tomasz Tkaczyk

Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Ashok Veeraraghavan

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor, Computer Science


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Anna-Karin Gustavsson

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry