Teri W. Odom Professor and Associate Chair


Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor; Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry

Research Statement

Our research focuses on synthesizing and fabricating materials at the 100-nm scale and investigating their size, shape, and materials-dependent optical properties. One of the key reasons why we can interrogate new plasmonic (metal) materials as well as design 3D plasmonic architectures is because of our invention of multi-scale nanofabrication tools. These capabilities are critical for discovering new plasmonic phenomena because different flavors of surface plasmons can interact over vastly different length scales: tens of nanometers for localized surface plasmons (LSPs) but tens of microns for propagating plasmons (SPPs). We are pursuing four themes in plasmonics: (1) Using asymmetric nanoparticles in bioimaging, diagnostics, and therapeutics; (2) Creating new types of plasmonic crystals, also known as artificially structured materials; (3) Understanding strongly coupled nanoparticle systems; and (4) Designing plasmonic lenses for optical imaging. We are also interested in developing low-cost, large-area, nanolithography methods; our most recent discovery was solvent assisted nanoscale embossing (SANE) lithography. This fundamental work will have direct impact in medicine, energy, sensing, and imaging applications.

Selected Publications

W. Zhou, M. Dridi, J.Y. Suh, C.H. Kim, D.T. Co, M.R. Wasielewski, G.C. Schatz, and T.W. Odom, Nature Nanotech. 8, 506–511 (2013). “Lasing action in strongly coupled plasmonic nanocavity arrays.”

T.W. Odom, Nature 496, 40–41 (2013). “Materials science: The same, but better.”

J. Y. Suh, C. H. Kim, W. Zhou, M. D. Huntington, D. T. Co, M. R. Wasielewski, and T. W. Odom, Nano Letters. 12, 5769–5774 (2012). “Plasmonic Bowtie Nanolaser Arrays.”

S.M. Lubin, W. Zhou, A.J. Hryn, M.D. Huntington, and T.W. Odom, Nano Letters (2012). “High Rotational Symmetry Lattices Fabricated by Moiré Nanolithography.”

S.R.C. Vivekchand, C.J. Engel, S.M. Lubin, M.G. Blaber, W. Zhou, J.Y. Suh, G.C. Schatz, and T.W. Odom, Nano Letters 12, 4324-4328 (2012). “Liquid Plasmonics: Manipulating Surface Plasmon Polaritons via Phase Transitions.”

D.H.M. Dam, J. Lee, P. Sisco, D. Co, M. Zhang, M.R. Wasielewski, and T.W. Odom, ACS Nano. 6, 3318-3326 (2012). “Direct Observation of Nanoparticle-Cancer Cell Nucleus Interactions.”

M.D. Huntington and T.W. Odom, Small. 7, 3144-3147 (2011). “A Portable, Benchtop Photolithography System Based on a Solid-State Light Source.”

M.H. Lee, M.D. Huntington, W. Zhou, J.-C. Yang, T.W. Odom, Nano Letters. 11, 311-315 (2010). “Programmable Soft Lithography: Solvent-assisted Nanoscale Embossing.” doi: 10.1021/nl102206x

H. Gao, J.K. Hyun, M.H. Lee, J.-C. Yang, L.J. Lauhon, T.W. Odom, Nano Letters. 10, 4111-4116 (2011). “Broadband Plasmonic Microlenses Based on Patches of Nanoholes.” doi: 10.1021/nl1022892

J.-C. Yang, H. Gao, J.Y. Suh, W. Zhou, M.H. Lee, T.W. Odom, Nano Letters. 10, 3173–3178 (2010). “Enhanced Optical Transmission Mediated by Localized Plasmons in Anisotropic, 3D Nanohole Arrays.”

H. Gao, J.-C. Yang, J.Y. Lin, A. Stuparu, M.H. Lee, M. Mrksich, T.W. Odom, Nano Letters. 10, 2549–2554 (2010). “Using the Angle-Dependent Resonances of Molded Plasmonic Crystals to Improve the Sensitivities of Biosensors.”

W. Zhou, H. Gao, T.W. Odom, ACS Nano. 4, 1241–1247 (2010). “Toward Broadband Plasmonics: Tuning Dispersion in Rhombic Plasmonic Crystals.” doi: 10.1021/nn901590p

E. You, R. Ahn, M.H. Lee, M.R. Raja, T.V. O’Halloran, T.W. Odom, J. Phys. Chem.131, 10863–10865 (2009). “Size Control of Arsenic Trioxide Nanocrystals Grown in Nanowells.” doi: 10.1021/ja902117b

H. Gao, H., J.M. McMahon, M.H. Lee, J. Henzie, S.K. Gray, G.C. Schatz, and T.W. Odom, Opt. Express. 17, 2334 (2009). “Rayleigh Anomaly-Surface Plasmon Polariton Resonances in Palladium and Gold Subwavelength Hole Arrays.”

J. Lee, W. Hasan, C.L. Stender, and T.W. Odom, Acc. Chem. Res. 41, 1762–1771 (2008). “Pyramids: A Platform for Designing Multifunctional Plasmonic Particles.”

J. Henzie, M.H. Lee, and T.W. Odom, Nature Nanotech. 2, 549–554 (2007). “Multiscale Patterning of Plasmonic Metamaterials.”

J. Lee, W. Hasan, M.H. Lee, and T.W. Odom, Adv. Mater. 19, 4387–4391 (2007). “Optical Properties and Magnetic Manipulation of Bi-Material Nanopyramids.”

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014
  • IPMI Carol Tyler Award, 2014
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow (Hrdy Fellow), Harvard University, 2011
  • Defense Science Study Group Member, 2010
  • MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 2009
  • ACS National Fresenius Award (Phi Lambda Upsilon and ACS), 2008
  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, 2008
  • Rohm and Haas New Faculty Award, 2007
  • ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship (ACS Inorganic), 2006
  • Cottrell Scholar Award (Research Corporation), 2005
  • DuPont Young Investigator, 2005
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as “one of the world’s top young innovators”, 2004
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2004-2008
  • David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, 2003-2007
  • Victor K. LaMer Award (ACS Colloids and Surface Chemistry), 2003
  • Research Innovation Award (Research Corporation), 2002
  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University, 2001-2002
  • NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University, 1996-99
  • S.S. & I.M.F. Marsden Memorial Prize for Chemistry Research, Stanford University, 1996
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 1996