News Articles & Press Archive

In this section of the site we will highlight news and press updates as well as feature recent research and blog posts. Check back often for the latest on all things nano.

Screening New Plasmonic Materials

Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are responsible for exotic optical phenomena including negative refraction, surface enhanced Raman scattering, and nanoscale focusing of light. Although many materials support SPPs, the choice of metal for most applications has been...

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The Dark Side of Surface Plasmons

Plasmonic nanostructures concentrate optical fields into nanoscale volumes, which is useful for plasmonic nanolasers, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and white-light generation. However, the short lifetimes of the emissive plasmons correspond to a rapid depletion...

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Nanowrinkles on polymer substrates

Nanotexturing polymeric surfaces changes their surface properties while their bulk properties remain unchanged. Wrinkles and folds can increase the efficiency and mechanical stability of optical and electrical devices. We have found a parallel method to create...

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Nanoconstructs for Cancer Therapeutics

Direct visualization of interactions between drug-loaded nanoparticles and the cancer cell nucleus is crucial for understanding the mechanism behind cancer cell death. Nanoconstructs composed of nucleolin-specific aptamers and gold nanostars were actively transported...

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Photolithography on the Benchtop

Solid-state photolithography (SSP) enables the capabilities of one of the most important tools in nano- and microfabrication, the mask aligner, to be performed on the benchtop. SSP can create patterns over a wide range of different length scales (down to several...

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Nested Pyramidal Nanoshells

We are investigating the optical properties of 3D anisotropic plasmonic particles. Recently, we have designed a way to create nested Au pyramidal nanoshells. These particles exhibit two plasmon resonances at visible and near-infrared wavelengths that can be...

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Multifunctional Plasmonic Particles

We are working on a new class of asymmetric metal particles: nanofabricated pyramids. Because their nanofabrication procedure is extremely versatile, pyramids are ideal for designing multifunctional plasmonic materials that have high potential for creating unexpected...

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Plasmonic Metamaterials

The interaction of light with surface plasmons — collective oscillations of free electrons — in metallic nanostructures leads to novel optical phenomena. These structures typically consist of ordered arrays of particles or holes with sizes of the order of 100 nm....

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Chemical Nanofabrication

We have combined bottom-up chemical methods and top-down nanoscale patterning techniques—chemical nanofabrication—to generate patterned and free-standing transition metal chalcogenide (TMC) nanostructures. This approach is general and flexible and can produce (1)...

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Nanocrystals in Nanowells

Nanoscale fabrication methods provide a unique approach to synthesize nanoscale materials. We have used laser-assisted embossing to generate close-packed arrays of hemispherical nanowells with zeptoliter (zL)-volumes. Nanowells with diameters as small as 50 nm were...

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News & Press Mentions
  • April 2017: Won-Kyu Lee has received a Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Gold Award following his presentation at the MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
  • March 2017: Teri has been selected by the Department of Defense as one of only 13 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows.
  • March 2017: The group’s paper, “Coherent Light Sources at the Nanoscale,” will be included in Volume 68 of the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry.
  • March 2017: Jingtian’s image from the group’s recent paper, “Evolutionary Design and Prototyping of Single Crystalline Titanium Nitride Lattice Optics,” was selected as the cover image for the March issue of ACS Photonics.
  • March 2017: Research featured in the group’s paper, “Evolutionary Design and Prototyping of Single Crystalline Titanium Nitride Lattice Optics,” is highlighted in MRS Bulletin.
  • February 2017: Teri and Brian Odom are highlighted in a “Couples of Northwestern” special feature.
  • January 2017: The group’s newest paper, “Evolutionary Design and Prototyping of Single Crystalline Titanium Nitride Lattice Optics,” has been published in ACS Photonics and featured in Nanowerk.
  • December 2016: The group’s recent paper on programmable plasmon modes has been highlighted on NanotechWeb.
  • November 2016: The group’s paper, “Programmable and Reversible Plasmon Mode Engineering,” has been featured in Nanowerk.
  • November 2016: Won-Kyu Lee is selected as a 2016 Ryan Fellow.
  • November 2016: Teri and Brian Odom are featured on a Northwestern Now couples podcast.
  • October 2016: Jingtian and Teri’s research on ultra-thin achromatic lenses is highlighted in Nanowerk.
  • October 2016: Won-Kyu Lee is honored as an International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Outstanding Researcher for 2016.
  • September 2016: Teri Odom is selected by the Northwestern Associated Student Government (ASG) for the 2016 – 2017 Faculty Honor Roll.
  • August 2016: Teri Odom is featured in WIA Report as one of ten women named as Fellows by the ACS.
  • August 2016: Teri Odom is interviewed for a Chemistry World article on how size and shape affect the properties of nanoparticles.
  • August 2016: Teri Odom is featured in Northwestern Research News.
  • August 2016: Won-Kyu and Teri’s paper has received the Best Paper Award at the ASME Design Automation Conference (DAC).
  • July 2016: Teri Odom is selected as a 2016 ACS FellowCeremony Photo
  • June 2016: Teri Odom is named as a finalist for the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists (Chemistry).
  • June 2016: Teri Odom and Chad Mirkin are featured in the cover story of Northwestern Research Magazine.
  • May 2016: Teri Odom discusses recent advances in nanotechnology and nanoscience in a report for the American Chemical Society.
  • May 2016: Our paper on monolithic hierarchical wrinkles is highlighted in Nanowerk.
  • May 2016: Our work on monolithic hierarchical wrinkles is published in Nano Letters.
  • April 2016: Teri Odom was honored at an Investiture Ceremony of Endowed Chairs. Event Photos
  • March 2016: Teri Odom and Joseph Hupp receive Materials Research Society fellowships: Northwestern University News.
  • December 2015: Our work on hierarchical Au nanoparticle arrays is published in ACS Photonics.
  • December 2015: Our work onanisotropic gold nanoparticles is published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.
  • November 2015: We recently gave a LiveSlides presentation on our work that is published in ACS Nano.
  • October 2015: Our work on plasmon nanolasers and plasmonic crystals is published in ACS Nano.
  • September 2015: Our work on Lysosome-Targeting Gold Nanoconstructs is published in ACS Nano.
  • August 2015: Our work on sequential wrinkling is highlighted in Science.
  • August 2015: Our work on sequential wrinkling is highlighted in  Nanowerk News.
  • July 2015: Our work on sequential wrinkling is published in Nano Letters.
  • July 2015: Odom’s article titled, “Shining a Light on the Molecular and Nanoscopic Worlds” has been posted in ACS Photonics.
  • June 2015: Odom’s article on leadership has been posted on The Huffington Post.
  • June 2015: Odom’s article titled, “Scientists Make Better Leaders: Using Ideas for the Common Good” has been posted on The Huffington Post.
  • May 2015: Odom’s article regarding bias in peer-review has been posted on The Chronicle.
  • April 2015: Ankun’s work on real-time tunable plasmon lasers is highlighted in Nanowerk News, Nanotechweb.org, Physics World, and C&E News.
  • April 2015: Ankun’s work on real-time tunable plasmon lasers is published in Nature Communications.
  • April 2015: Odom’s article regarding nanotechnology and innovations has been posted on The Huffington Post.
  • March 2015: Odom has been profiled by the Women in Nanoscience Blog.
  • March 2015: Kayla’s work on nanoconjugate constrast agents (CAs) is highlighted in Nanowerk News and Nanotechweb.org. 
  • March 2015: Odom’s article on testing in schools has been posted on The Washington Post.
  • March 2015: Kayla’s work on Gadolinium(III) nanoconjugate constrast agents (CAs) is published in ACS Nano.
  • February 2015: Our work on on lattice opto-materials is highlighted in MRS Bulletin.
  • January 2015: Hyojin’s work on nanoparticles is published in Nanomedicine.
  • January 2015: Odom’s article titled, “Light technologies illuminate global challenges” has been posted on The Conversation.
  • January 2015: Duncan and Hyojin’s work on oligonucleotides is published in Bioconjugate Chemistry.
  • November 2014: Mark’s work on lattice opto-materials is highlighted in Nanotechweb.org and Materials Today.
  • November 2014: Our work on in vivo toxicity of gold nanostars is published in Nanomedicine.
  • November 2014: Mark’s paper on lattice opto-materials is published in Nano Letters.
  • August 2014: Our work on Hetero-oligomer Nanoparticle Arrays is highlighted in the latest ACS Nano podcast.
  • July 2014: Mark and Cliff’s work on nanowrinkles and nanofolds is published in Angewandte Chemie.
  • July 2014: Our work on reconstructable mask lithography is highlighted in Nanotechweb.org.
  • May 2014: Odom has been named a finalist for the 2014 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering.
  • April 2014: Michael has been awarded the 2014 NDSEG Fellowship.
  • April 2014: Odom has been awarded the 2014 IPMI Carol Tyler Award.
  • April 2014: Our work on drug delivery with gold nanostars was noted on The CNN 10: Healing the Future (second story).
  • April 2014: Our work on gold nanoconstructs is highlighted in Nanowerk News and Nanotechweb.org.
  • April 2014: Duncan and Raymond’s work on gold nanoconstructs is published in Nano Letters.
  • January 2014: Duncan and Kayla’s work on aptamers and gold nanostars is published in Molecular Pharmaceutics.
  • November 2013: Our work on quasiperiodic lattices is published in ACS Nano.
  • July 2013: Our work on nanoscale antennas is highlighted in Nano Today.
  • July 2013: Our work on a new nanoparticle array laser device is highlighted inNanotechweb.org.
  • June 2013: Wei’s paper on lattice surface plasmon lasers is published in Nature Nanotech.
  • June 2013: Wei’s paper on lattice surface plasmon lasers is published in Nature Nanotech.
  • March 2013: Mark has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship from the Graduate School.
  • November 2012: Jae’s paper on bowtie nanolaser is also featured in NU News Center.
  • November 2012: Jae’s paper on bowtie nanolaser is highlighted in phys.org andsciencedaily.com.
  • September 2012: Steven’s paper on moiré nanolithography is highlighted in Nanotechweb.org.
  • August 2012: The Odom Group’s work on plasmonic nanostructures is highlighted in Chemistry World.
  • August 2012: The Odom Group’s research on liquid gallium plasmonic structures was highlighted in Chemistry World.
  • April 2012: The Odom Group’s research on drug delivery with gold nanostars featured on NanoTechWeb.org.
  • April 2012: Alex and Kayla both win 2012 NDSEG Fellowships.
  • April 2012: Prof. Odom dicusses Nanoparticle-Cancer Cell Nucleus Interations with NU News Center.
  • April 2012: Duncan, Jung Heon, Patrick, and Prof. Odom’s work featured in CCNE’s coverage of the ACS National Meeting.
  • March 2012: Duncan, Jung Heon, and Patrick’s work is featured on Nanowerk
  • Nov 2011:  Angela, Alex and Cliff are selected as Hierarchical Materials Cluster Program Fellows.
  • Nov 2011:  Kayla is selected as a Biotechnology Cluster Program Fellow.
  • Nov 2011:  David Thomas nominated for Meteor Award for Excellence in a New Position.
  • Sept 2011:  Mark’s paper on portable, benchtop photolithography is published in Small.
  • July 2011: Christina’s paper on the optical properties of tipless nanopyramids is published inSmall.
  • July 2011: Christina and Colleen’s paper on the Three-Channel Spectrometer was published in JPCC.
  • June 2011: Mark and team win top prize in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Challenge.
  • May 2011: Wei’s paper on dark lattice plasmons is AOP in Nature Nanotech.
  • April 2011: Kelsey and Julia’s perspective on 3D SERS NP substrates is AA in Chem. Sci.
  • April 2011: Matt and Christina’s paper on chemistry in microfluid channels is on the cover ofJ. of Chem. Educ.
  • Feb 2011: Sane Lithography highlighted on cover of Nano Lett.
  • Oct 2010: Broadband plasmonic microlenses are featured in Nanotechweb.org.
  • Oct 2010: Hanwei’s paper on plasmonic microlenses is published in Nano Lett.
  • Sept 2010: SANE lithography is featured in physicsworld.org
  • Sept 2010: Duncan is selected as a Hierarchical Materials Cluster Program Fellow.
  • Aug 2010: SANE lithography is highlighted by C&E News and Northwestern.
  • Aug 2010: SANE using “Shrinky Dinks” has picked up press from Futurity.org, Nanowerk.com & other sites.
  • Aug 2010: Min Hyung and Mark’s paper on programmable soft lithography (SANE and inSANE) is ASAP in Nano Lett.
  • Aug 2010: Jiun-Chan’s 3D nanohole paper is highlighted in Nanotechweb.org
  • Jul 2010: Jiun-Chan’s 3D nanohole paper is published in Nano Lett.
  • Jul 2010: Mark wins a Ryan Fellowship from Northwestern
  • May 2010: Hanwei and Jiun-Chan’s biosensing paper is highlighted in Nanotechweb.org
  • May 2010: Hanwei and Jiun-Chan’s paper on biosensing with molded plasmonic crystals is published in Nano Lett.
  • Apr 2010: Video highlights Odom’s use of Lecture Capture in teaching freshman
  • Apr 2010: Mark wins an NDSEG Fellowship
  • Apr 2010: Kelsey wins NSF and DOE Fellowships
  • Mar 2010: Min Hyung’s paper on nanostencil printing is accepted in Angew. Chemie.
  • Mar 2010: Odom’s testing of new technology for teaching freshmen is highlighted in NUIT’s newsletter
  • Mar 2010: Kelsey & Warefta’s paper on assembled nanopyramids & SERS is published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.
  • Feb 2010: Phoebe’s paper on TaS2 nanotubes is accepted in Small
  • Feb 2010: Our NNI Cover is in NU’s Feature Box
  • Feb 2010: Wei’s paper on rhombic plasmonic crystals is featured on NanotechWeb.org
  • Feb 2010: Min Hyung’s paper on nanostencil printing is accepted in Angew. Chemie
  • Jan 2010: Kelsey wins a Churchill Scholarship
  • Jan 2010: Wei’s paper on rhombic plasmonic crystals is ASAP in ACS Nano
  • Jan 2010: Julia’s paper on nested pyramidal particles is ASAP in J. Phys. Chem. C
  • Dec 2009: Hanwei’s Feature Article on plasmonic crystals is published in Adv. Func. Mater.
  • Dec 2009: Our paper on hierarchical plasmonic lattices is featured in Chem. Phys. Lett. on the cover
  • Nov 2009: Wei receives a MRSEC Fellowship Award
  • Oct 2009: Odom is featured as one of Research Corporation’s Cottrell Scholars
  • Sept 2009: Steven is selected as a HMCP Fellow
  • Sept 2009: Julia receives an NSEC Fellowship Award
  • Sept 2009: Wei is selected as a Northwestern Ryan Fellow
  • Aug 2009: Eunah and Rich’s paper on controlling the size of arsenic trioxide nanoparticles is published in JACS
  • Jun 2009: Jeremy and Chris’ paper on tantalum oxide nanotubes is published in J. Mater. Chem.
  • Jun 2009: Min Hyung’s paper on quasi-1D slit arrays is published in Nano Letters and highlighted by NanotechWeb.org
  • May 2009: Odom is selected to join the 2010-2011 Defense Science Study Group (DSSG)
  • Apr 2009: Odom is featured in the MRS Bulletin and presented and received the MRS OYI award
  • Apr 2009: Christina’s paper on anisotropic core-shell particles is published in JPCA
  • Mar 2009: Liza’s paper on optical corrals is published in ACS Nano and highlighted in aPerspective in ACS Nano
  • Mar 2009: Warefta’s paper on photothermal response and nanoparticle shape is published inNano Lett and highlighted by NanotechWeb.org
  • Feb 2009: Odom is awarded the MRS 2009 Outstanding Young Investigator Award
  • Feb 2009: Hanwei’s paper on the RA-SPP effect in Pd nanohole arrays is published in Opt Express
  • Jan 2009: Odom is featured in C&E News for the ACS Fresenius Award
  • Jan 2009: Jeunghoon and Warefta’s paper on refractive index sensitivity of Au pyramids is published in JPCC
  • Dec 2008: Hanwei’s paper on screening new plasmonic materials using nanopyramidal gratings is published in PNAS
  • Dec 2008: The Special Issue in Nanoscience & Guest Editorial for Acc Chem Res is published
  • Nov 2008: Our benchtop nanopatterning workshop in Africa is highlighted in Adv. Mater.
  • Oct 2008: Our paper on nanofabricating plasmonic structures is In Advance in Ann Rev of Phys Chem
  • Sep 2008: Prof. Odom receives a 2008 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
  • Sep 2008: Our paper on multifunctional pyramids is published Acc Chem Res
  • Aug 2008: Prof. Odom is awarded the 2008 National Fresnius Award
  • Aug 2008: Chris’ article on transition metal chalcogenide nanomaterials is published in J. of Solid State Chemistry
  • Apr 2008: Our invited Perspective on gold nanoparticles is published in ACS Nano
  • Feb 2008: Liying’s paper on protein crystallizaton in microwells is published in JACS
  • Dec 2007: Jeunghoon’s paper on bi-materials pyramids is published in Adv. Mater.
  • Nov 2007: Min Hyung’s paper on microscale arrays of nanoholes is published in Small
  • Oct 2007: Warefta’s paper on selectively functionalizing gold pyramids is published in JPCC.
  • Oct 2007: Our fabrication method to make plasmonic metamaterials is highlighted as an NSF press release and as an Editor’s Choice in Science in the 5 Oct issue
  • Oct 2007: Our paper on benchtop nanoscale patterning using soft lithography is published in J. Chem. Ed.
  • Sept 2007: Joel’s paper on plasmonic metamaterials is feature on the cover of Nature Nanotech.
  • May 2007: Chris’ paper on chemical nanofabrication is published in J. Mater. Chem.
  • Apr 2007: Joel’s Au pyramids on Si pedestals receives 1st place at the 2007 Spring MRSScience as Art competition.
  • Mar 2007: Prof. Odom is awarded the Rohm and Haas New Faculty Award
  • Mar 2007: Scott’s paper on large-area, addressable nanoscale OLEDs is published in Small
  • Aug 2006: Hanwei’s paper on surface-plasmon mediated enhancement in metallic nanohole arrays is published in Nano Letters
  • Jul 2006: Joel’s paper on the optical properties of pyramid arrays is published in JPCB
  • Apr 2006: Our paper on large-area nanopatterning is published in Accounts of Chemical Research
  • Mar 2006: Joel is selected as a US-participant in the Nobel Laureates Meeting in Lindau
  • Feb 2006: Laura receives a Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • Feb 2006: Eric’s paper on tetrahedral SnS crystals is published in Small
  • Dec 2005: Chris’ paper on patterned MoS2 nanostructures is published in Adv. Mater.
  • Nov 2005: Prof. Odom is interviewed on NPR’s Earth & Sky radio show.
  • Oct 2005: Soo’s paper on surface plasmon standing waves on nanohole arrays is published inNano Letters
  • Sept 2005: Laura Hughes receives the Sarrett Award in chemistry at Northwestern.
  • July 2005: Our work with the Lauhon group is featured on the cover of APL 25 Jul issue
  • May 2005: Joel’s paper on mesoscale pyramids is published in N ano Letters
  • May 2005: Prof. Odom is selected as a 2005 Cottrell Scholar from Research Corporation.
  • May 2005: Scott Price and Numrin Thaitrong receive Undergraduate Summer Research Grants
  • April 2005: Prof. Odom is awarded a DuPont Young Investigator Grant
  • April 2005: Laura Hughes receives a Goldwater Fellowship
  • February 2005: Prof. Odom receives a 2005 Sloan Research Fellowship
  • January 2005: Sekar’s paper on NbSe2 nanocrystals is published in JACS
  • November 2004: Hanwei Gao, Warefta Hasan, and Min Hyung Lee join the group
  • October 2004: Prof. Odom is named to MIT Technology Review TR100 as “one of the world’s top young innovators”
  • August 2004: Liza’s paper on templated assembly of CdSe nanocrystals is published in Adv. Materials
  • August 2004: Eric’s paper on directed assembly of thin ZnO nanowires is published in Adv. Materials
  • July 2004: Jeremy’s work on nanocrystals in nanowells is highlighted in Nanopicture of the Day
  • July 2004: Jeremy’s work on nanocrystals in nanowells is highlighted in “nanozone” in Nature Materials
  • June 2004: Jeremy’s paper on nanowells (zeptoliter beakers) is published in Nano Letters
  • May 2004: Eric, Jeremy, and Liza pass their qualifying exams
  • May 2004: Postdoc Soo Kwak joins the lab
  • January 2004: Prof. Odom receives an NSF CAREER Award
  • October 2003: Prof. Odom receives a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship