Texas Tech Hosts Rice Professor for Bucy Distinguished Lecture

The event is free and open to the public.

Naomi J. Halas

Naomi J. Halas

The Texas Tech University Department of Physics and Astronomy will host Rice University professor Naomi J. Halas for the Bucy Distinguished Lecture entitled "Solar Steam Generation and Applications."

The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. It is free and open to the public.

"We recently discovered that illuminating a solution of broadly absorbing nanoparticles dispersed in water results in vapor generation without the requirement of heating the fluid volume," Halas said. "Light-generated steam has direct applications in solar energy harvesting, where the goal is to produce steam that can be used in a variety of off-grid applications, well-suited to needs in both the developed and the developing world."

Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, professor of chemistry, professor of physics and astronomy, and founding director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University. She is the director of the Smalley-Curl Institute. Halas is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She is a recipient of the American Physical Society (APS) Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, the Willis E. Lamb Award and the Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America (OSA). She is a Fellow of OSA; APS; SPIE, an international society for optics and photonics; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; the Materials Research Society; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the National Academy of Inventors.

"Professor Naomi J. Halas is a respected nanotechnology advocate, scientist, engineer and inventor," said Luis Grave-de-Peralta, associate professor of physics. "She is a pioneer in the use of gold nanoparticles for curing cancer. Her curiosity and ingenuity are unlimited. She found that similar nanoparticles dissolved in water permit scientists to harvest the energy of the Sun to produce steam than can be used in numerous applications. In her inspirational lecture, Naomi will talk about her findings and listeners will have the rare opportunity to glance the future."


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