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Thursday, February 24, 2011 Meeting


Teri W Odom
Dr. Teri Odom

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering;
Dow Chemical Company Research Professor
Northwestern University

“All Things Pyramids: New Platforms for Imaging and Sensing”


Date:  Thursday, February 24, 2011
Location:    Zhivago Restaurant & Banquets
9925 Gross Point Road 
Skokie, IL 

Cost:  $35.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $37.00 for non-members,
     $20 for students, retired, or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Monday, February 21.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.


5:00 PM Pre-dinner talk:
  "Simple Nanoparticle Characterization with a Digital Camera"
  Christina M. Sweeney, Northwestern University
5:30 PM Job Club
5:30 PM Social Hour
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM General Meeting

Topic: “All Things Pyramids: New Platforms for Imaging and Sensing”


Nanofabricated pyramidal shells are a new class of asymmetric, metal particle that offers new opportunities to manipulate light in confined volumes. This talk will discuss how 3D, anisotropic structures exhibit wavelength and polarization-dependent optical properties tunable from visible to near-infrared wavelengths. These surface plasmon characteristics enable light to be bent or focused directionally. Next, we will describe the design rules for assembling the nanopyramids into hierarchical structures and how different nanoparticle assemblies exhibit different electromagnetic hot spot volumes that produce different SERS signals. Finally, we will show how these pyramidal particles can act both as a probe to identify the spatial locations of specific biomarkers on cells and as a therapeutic agent to ablate cancer cells by localized heating.


Teri W. Odom is an associate professor and Dow Chemical Company Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. She received her B.S. degree from Stanford University in 1996 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2001.

Odom’s research focuses on controlling materials at the 100-nanometer scale and investigating their size and shape-dependent properties. She has developed multi-scale nanopatterning tools that can generate noble metal (plasmonic) structures with exceptional optical properties. For example, arrays of nanoholes and nanopyramids are new plasmonic metamaterials also capable of ultra-sensitive molecular detection. Pyramidal nanoparticles can be used in imaging and therapeutic applications.

Odom has also pioneered an approach for assembling functional nanomaterials, called chemical nanofabrication.

Odom has received numerous awards and honors, including an NIH Director's Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health; the Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award; the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon and the American Chemical Society; the Rohm and Haas New Faculty Award; an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship; a DuPont Young Investigator Grant; a National Science Foundation CAREER Award; a Dow Teacher-Scholar Award; the ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship; and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

Pre-Dinner Presentation:

“Simple Nanoparticle Characterization with a Digital Camera”

Christina M. Sweeney, Graduate Student, Northwestern University

Map and Directions

Parking:   Free in the lot. Parking is also available at Keeler Avenue and Gross Point Road.




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