Teri W. Odom Professor and Associate Chair


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

Research Statement

Our group focuses on designing structured nanoscale materials with exceptional properties. We make precious metals more precious by tuning the size and shape of noble metals at the nanoscale. We transform ordinary materials into extra-ordinary ones by controlling their architectures over multiple length scales. We use modeling to assist in understanding the properties of single structures as well as collective effects of assemblies of nanoparticles. Applications of our unique materials include nanomedicine, nano-lasing, photovoltaics, wetting, and imaging.

Selected Publications

J. Hu, X. Ren, A.N. Reed, T. Reese, D. Rhee, B. Howe, L.J. Lauhon, A.M. Urbas, and T.W. Odom, ACS Photonics, 4, 3, 606 (2017). “Evolutionary Design and Prototyping of Single Crystalline Titanium Nitride Lattice Optics.”

Yang, A. Hryn, M.R. Bourgeois, W-K. Lee, J. Hu, G.C. Schatz, and T.W. Odom, PNAS, 113, 50, 14201 (2016). “Programmable and Reversible Plasmon Mode Engineering.”

J. Hu, C-H. Liu, X. Ren, L.J. Lauhon, and T.W. Odom, ACS Nano, 10, 11, 10275 (2016). “Plasmonic Lattice Lenses for Multi-Wavelength Achromatic Focusing.”

W-K. Lee, W-B. Jung, S.R. Nagel, and T.W. Odom, Nano Letters, 16, 6, 3774 (2016). “Stretchable Superhydrophobicity from Monolithic, Three-Dimensional Hierarchical Wrinkles.”

D. Wang, A Yang, AJ Hryn, GC. Schatz, and T.W. Odom, ACS Photonics, 2, 12, 1789 (2015). ” Superlattice Plasmons in Hierarchical Au Nanoparticle Arrays.”

Y. Hua, K. Chandra, D.H.M. Dam, G.P. Wiedderecht, and T.W. Odom, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2, 12, 1789 (2015). “Shape-dependent Nonlinear Optical Properties of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles.”

Z. Li, M.P. Knudson, A.J. Hryn, W. Wang, K. Aydin, and T.W. Odom, ACS Nano, 9,10, 9859 (2015), “Unidirectional Lasing from Template-stripped Two-dimensional Plasmonic Crystals.”

H. Lee, D.M.H. Dam, J. Ha, and T.W. Odom, ACS Nano 9, 9859 (2015). “Enhanced Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 Degradation in Breast Cancer Cells by Lysosome-Targeting Gold Nanoconstructs.”

W.K. Lee, C.J. Engel, M.D. Huntington, J. Hu, and T.W. Odom, Nano Letters 15, 5624 (2015). “Controlled Three-Dimensional Hierarchical Structuring by Memory-Based, Sequential Wrinkling.”

A.Yang, T.B. Hoang, M. Dridi, C. Deeb, M.H. Mikkelsen, G.C. Schatz, and T.W. Odom, Nature Communications, 6, 6939 (2015). “Real-time Tunable Lasing from Plasmonic Nanocavity Arrays.”

M.W. Rotz, K.S.B. Culver, G. Parigi, K.W. MacRenaris, C. Luchinat, T.W. Odom, and T.J. Meade, ACS Nano 9, 3385 (2015). “High Relaxivity Gd(III)-DNA Gold Nanostars: Investigation of Shape Effects on Proton Relaxation.”

H.D. Huntington, L.J. Lauhon, and T.W. Odom, Nano Lett. , 14, 7195 (2014). DOI: 10.1021/nl5040573 [PMCID: PMC4264853] “Subwavelength Lattice Optics by Evolutionary Design.”

A Yang, M.D. Huntington, M.F. Cardinal, S. Masango, R.P. Van Duyne, and T.W. Odom, ACS Nano, 8, 7639 (2014). “Hetero-oligomer Nanoparticle Arrays for Plasmon-Enhanced Hydrogen Sensing.”

D.H.M. Dam, K.B. Culver, and T.W. Odom, Nano Lett., 14, 2843 (2014). “Improved in Vitro Efficacy of Gold Nanoconstructs by Increased Loading of G-quadruplex Aptamer.”

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 (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 (2012). “Plasmonic Bowtie Nanolaser Arrays.”

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 (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 (2012). “Direct Observation of Nanoparticle-Cancer Cell Nucleus Interactions.”

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

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

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

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

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

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2016
  • Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll (Weinberg, Chemistry), 2016 - 2017
  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists, Finalist, 2016
  • Materials Research Society Fellow, 2016
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014
  • International Precious Metal Institute  (IPMI) Carol Tyler Award, 2014
  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists, Finalist, 2014
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Akron Section Award, 2013
  • 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