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Teri Odom, Ph.D.

Teri Odom, Ph.D., Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Associate Chair of the Chemistry Department, and professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University

Potential interview topics: Odom is available to speak to nanotechnology and design, such as the development of nanoscale materials, tools and how they affect nanoparticle cell interactions.

Teri Odom is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical properties. Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that has resulted in flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale and beat the diffraction limit, plasmon-based nanoscale lasers that exhibit tunable color, and hierarchical substrates that show controlled wetting and super-hydrophobicity. She has also invented a class of biological nanoconstructs that are facilitating unique insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions and show superior imaging and therapeutic properties because of their gold nanostar shape.

Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that has resulted in, for example, the discovery of a new type of “dark” surface plasmon in nanoparticle arrays and realization of the first plasmon nano-laser based on electromagnetic “hot spots.” She has also invented a class of biological nanoconstructs that are facilitating unique insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions, such as how nuclear deformations induced by drug-loaded agents may be correlated with cell death.

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