Making Precious Metals More Precious
Transforming Light by Nanostructured Materials
Making Ordinary Materials Extraordinary
Our research focuses on controlling materials at the 100-nanometer scale and investigating their size and shape-dependent properties. We have developed massively parallel, multi-scale patterning tools to generate hierarchical, anisotropic, and 3D hard and soft materials with applications in imaging, sensing, wetting, and cancer therapeutics.
We achieved mechanical control of the lasing color by exploiting a lasing cavity based on periodic arrays of nanoparticles in a stretchable, polymer matrix. This materials system could achieve reversibly tunable lasing as well as superior sensitivity to applied...read more
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- August 2018: Read “Teri Odom on Being an Advocate” in the latest issue of Senior Member Insights from Optics & Photonics News.
- August 2018: The group’s paper, “Correlating Nanoscopic Energy Transfer and Far-Field Emission to Unravel Lasing Dynamics in Plasmonic Nanocavity Arrays,” was featured in a special virtual issue of ACS Nano entitled “Women in Nanotechnology: Toward Better Materials through a Better Understanding of Low-Dimensional Systems.”
- July 2018: Young-Ah (Lucy) Lee has been selected as an International Institute for Nanotechnology Ryan Fellow!
- June 2018: The group’s chameleon-inspired nanolaser has been highlighted by Chemical & Engineering News, Electronics Weekly, Nanowerk, New Atlas, Northwestern Now, Photonics.com, Physics World, ScienceDaily, and WTTW. It has also been featured on the National Science Foundation’s homepage and as a Chicago Biomedical Consortium Success Story!