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Rizia Bardhan

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Research Focus

My research group designs optically active nanostructures that can interact with light and display unique properties. By controlling the shape, size, and composition of these nanostructures their optical properties can be modulated to (1) scatter light which can be harnessed in biomedical imaging and biophotonics, (2) to convert light to heat which can be used in light based therapeutics and drug delivery, and (3) couple with semiconductors for solar energy conversion to electricity. Based on this diverse theme, our research efforts are focused on two areas: [I] Nanomedicine and Point-of-care Biodiagnostics and [II] Generation III Solar Cells

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Relevant to Nanomedicine

J.A. Webb, and R. Bardhan*, “Emerging Advances in Nanomedicine with Engineered Gold Nanostructures” Invited Review, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 2502-2530

M-R Choi, R. Bardhan, K. J. Stanton-Maxey, S. Badve, H. Nakashatri, K. M. Stantz, N. Cao, N. J. Halas, S. E. Clare, ” Delivery of nanoparticles to brain metastases of breast cancer using a cellular Trojan horse”, Cancer Nanotechnology, 2012, 3, 47-54

R. Bardhan, S. Lal, A. Joshi, N. J. Halas, “Theranostic Nanoshells: from Probe Design to Imaging and Treatment of Cancer”, Accounts of Chemical Research, 2011, 44, 936–946

R. Bardhan, W. Chen, M. Bartels, C. Perez-Torres, M. F. Botero, R. W. McAninch, A. Contreras, R. Schiff, R. G. Pautler, N. J. Halas, A. Joshi, ” Tracking of multimodal therapeutic nanocomplexes targeting Breast Cancer in vivo” Nano Letters, 2010, 10, 4920–4928

W. Chen#, R. Bardhan#, M. Bartels, C. Perez-Torres, R. G. Pautler, N. J. Halas, A. Joshi, “A molecularly targeted theranostic probe for ovarian cancer” Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 2010, 9, 1028-1038 (#equal contribution)

Relevant to Solar Energy

W. R. Erwin, H. F. Zarick, E. Talbert, R. Bardhan*, “Light Trapping in Mesoporous Solar Cells with Plasmonic Nanostructures,” Invited Review, Energy and Environmental Science, DOI: 10.1039/C5EE03847B

H. F. Zarick, W. R. Erwin, A. Boulesbaa, O. Hurd, J. A. Webb, A. Puretzky, D. Geohegan, R Bardhan*, “Improving Light Harvesting in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells using Hybrid Bimetallic Nanostructures”, ACS Photonics, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00552

A.P. Cohn#, W.R. Erwin#, K. Share, L. Oakes, A.S. Westover, R.E. Carter, R. Bardhan, and C.L. Pint, “All Silicon Electrode Photo-capacitor for Integrated Energy storage and Conversion,” Nano Letters, 2015, 15, 2727–2731 (# equal contributing first author).

H. F. Zarick, O. Hurd, J. A. Webb, C. Hungerford, W. R. Erwin, R. Bardhan*, “Enhanced Efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Shape-Controlled Plasmonic Nanostructures” ACS Photonics, 2014, 1, 806–811

W. R. Erwin, L. Oakes, S. Chatterjee, H. F. Zarick, C. L. Pint*, and R. Bardhan*, “Engineered Porous Silicon Counter Electrodes for High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells,” ACS Appl. Mater. and Interfaces, 2014, 6, 9904–9910