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imgHalasNaomi HalasStanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical & Computer EngineeringProfessor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics & AstronomyDirector, Laboratory for Nanophotonics

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Carbon’s new champion

Carbyne will be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials if and when anyone can make it in bulk.
If they do, they’ll find carbyne nanorods or nanoropes have a host of remarkable and useful properties, as described in a new paper by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his group. The paper appears this week in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. [read more]
Dr. Naomi Halas  Halas, Nordlander win American Physical Society’s Isakson Prize
The American Physical Society (APS) has awarded Rice University researchers Naomi Halas and Peter Nordlander the 2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids in recognition of their groundbreaking research in nanophotonics. [read more]
Solar Steam  How to use sunlight to produce steam and other vapors
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore professor in electrical and computer engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, and Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy and in electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned in an article about a solar-powered autoclave. [read more]
Bubbles  Clues to foam formation could help find oil
Blowing bubbles in the backyard is one thing and quite another when searching for oil. That distinction is at the root of new research by Rice University scientists who describe in greater detail than ever precisely how those bubbles form, evolve and act. [read more]
Ship in a Bottle  ‘Ship in a bottle’ detects dangerous vapors
Rice University scientists took a lesson from craftsmen of old to assemble microscopic compounds that warn of the presence of dangerous fumes from solvents.[read more]
DNA Mapping  Scientists use blur to sharpen DNA mapping
With high-tech optical tools and sophisticated mathematics, Rice University researchers have found a way to pinpoint the location of specific sequences along single strands of DNA, a technique that could someday help diagnose genetic diseases. [read more]
White Graphene  ‘White graphene’ halts rust in high temps
Atomically thin sheets of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) have the handy benefit of protecting what’s underneath from oxidizing even at very high temperatures, Rice University researchers have discovered. [read more]