Teri W. Odom is the Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. She earned her BS in Chemistry from Stanford University and her PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University. She was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and joined the faculty in Chemistry at Northwestern in 2002. Odom is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Optica, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is Senior Member of SPIE. She was the founder of the Gordon Research Conference on Noble Metal Nanoparticles and is Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters. Awards include the Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the National Award in Surface Science from the American Chemical Society, a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the Department of Defense, and the Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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Dr. Odom’s research focuses on the design of structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical and physical properties. Her manipulation of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale has been facilitated by the development of multi-scale nanofabrication tools. The resulting patterned nanostructures range from nanoparticle lattice materials with photonic dispersion properties analogous to that of electronic solids as well as nanowrinkled polymer substrates with tunable wetting states. Nanoparticle lattices can facilitate plasmon-based nanoscale lasing, strong exciton-photon coupling, and photo-thermal temperature regulation. Odom has also designed a class of optical nanoprobes and sensors based on anisotropic gold nanoparticles that enable unique insight into single-nanoparticle-cell interactions because of particle shape.

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Section 14: Chemistry