Category name: Weizmann Women and Science Award

Prof. Naomi Halas

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

For pioneering and seminal contributions to the field of plasmonics, which have profoundly influenced modern optics – both in basic understanding and in applications

Naomi Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical Engineering at Rice University, and Director of the Smalley-Curl Institute. Halas is a pioneer in nanophotonics, creating the concept of the “tunable plasmon”. She pursues research in light-nanoparticle interactions and their applications in biomedicine, optoelectronics, chemical sensing, photocatalysis and sustainability. She has authored more than 300 refereed publications, and has been cited more than 45,000 times (Web of Science). She is co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, a company developing photothermal therapies for cancer and other diseases based on her nanoparticles, currently in clinical trials. Halas is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), the National Academy of Engineering (USA), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a recipient of the American Physical Society Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, the Willis E. Lamb Award, and the Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America. She is a Fellow of OSA, APS, SPIE, IEEE, MRS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Inventors. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Photonics, ACS Nano, Materials Horizons, Chemical Physics Letters and Laser and Photonics Reviews, and an Associate Editor of Nano Letters.