Nano tools pioneer is keynote speaker at Vanderbilt’s fall NanoDay! forum

Research seminars, poster presentations part of Nov. 19 event

An expert in designing nanoscale materials and multi-scale nano tools is the keynote speaker at the 21st Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum Nov. 19, 2021, at Vanderbilt University. The forum and NanoDay! is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Professor Teri Odom will deliver keynote address, “The Giving Nanomaterials,” at the 21st annual NanoDay! forum this fall.

Teri W. Odom, Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University, will deliver an address—The Giving Nanomaterials”—as part of activities for Vanderbilt and other middle Tennessee faculty, postdocs, and students engaged in nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Research seminars and student poster presentations are scheduled throughout the day and monetary awards will be given to top poster winners.

Odom designs structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical and physical properties. She has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that have resulted in plasmon-based nanoscale lasers that exhibit tunable color, flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale, and hierarchical substrates that show controlled wetting and super-hydrophobicity.

She also has invented a class of biological nanoconstructs that facilitate unique insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions and that show superior imaging and therapeutic properties because of their gold nanostar shape.

Odom is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Materials Research Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Stanford University and a Ph.D. in chemical physics at Harvard University.

Her select honors and awards include the RSC Centenary Prize, the ACS National Award in Surface Science, a Research Corporation TREE Award, a U.S. Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University, an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon and the ACS, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

Odom was founding chair of the Noble Metal Nanoparticles Gordon Research Conference and founding vice-chair of the GRC on Lasers in Micro, Nano, Bio Systems. She was an inaugural Associate Editor for Chemical Science and founding Executive Editor of ACS Photonics. She is Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters.

Contact: Brenda Ellis, 615 343-6314