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IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - 2008
Honorable Mention

 

Hui Wang receives one of four Honorable Mention awards associated with the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, for his Ph.D. thesis work entitled entitled "Tunable Plasmonic Nanostructures: from Fundamental Nanoscale Optics to Surface-enhanced Spectroscopies."

Current address (at the time of application)

Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Texas at Austin

E-mail: huiwang@mail.utexas.edu

Academic degrees

  • Ph.D. July 2007, Physical Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
  • M.S. June 2003, Analytical Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • B.S. June 2001, Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Ph.D. Thesis

Title Tunable Plasmonic Nanostructures: from Fundamental Nanoscale Optics to Surface-enhanced Spectroscopies

Adviser Professor Naomi J. Halas

Thesis Committee Prof. James L. Kinsey, Department of Chemistry; and Prof. Peter Nordlander, Department of Physics

Essay

The fascinating optical properties of metallic nanostructures, dominated by collective oscillations of free electrons known as plasmons, open new opportunities for the development of fundamentally new metal-based subwavelength optical elements with broad technological potential. This thesis demonstrates the rational design and controllable fabrication of a whole family of novel plasmonic nanostructures with geometrically tunable optical properties with a particular focus on utilizing plasmonic nanostructures to optimize molecular sensing platforms based on surface-enhanced spectroscopies.....[full text; pdf file - 994KB]

 

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