is the Stanley C. Moore professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor in Chemistry at Rice University
. Her current work focuses on nanoshells
which her nanophotonics
group is developing at Rice University. In 1987, she was part of a team that developed a "dark pulse
while working for IBM.
Halas received her Bachelor's degree from La Salle University
in 1980. She obtained her Masters degree from Bryn Mawr College
in 1984 and her doctorate from Bryn Mawr in 1986.
She was working for IBM
in 1987 when she developed a "dark pulse" soliton with Dieter Kroekel
, Giampiero Giuliani
and Daniel Grischkowsky
. A "dark pulse" soliton is a standing wave that propagates through an optical fiber
without spreading and which consists of a short interruption of a light pulse.
Halas was recruited to Rice University
by the mid-1990s where she now heads the Nanoenginering Unit bearing her name. Her work in the 21st century focuses on noble metal nanoshells covering semiconducting or insulating cores. A nanoshell is a 100 nanometer
spherical shell of metal (often gold) surrounding a core of silicon dioxide
Halas's unit is investigating the special properties of nanoshells including:
- a potential treatment for cancer similar to chemotherapy but without the toxic side-effects;
- inexpensive, quick analysis of samples as small as a single molecule.
Halas has received a "Cancer... Read More