1989

Naomi Halas, the founder and director of Rice's nanophotonics laboratory and professor of bioengineering and chemistry, arrives at Rice and blazes new trails. She is best known for inventing nanoshells -- molecular spheres of glass wrapped in layers of gold that can be used to kill cancer cells without harming surrounding tissue. Esquire magazine names her 1 of 5 exceptional American women, and her numerous scientific honors include the "Cancer Innovator" award from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Naomi Halas with students
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