Peter Nordlander

Short CV

Prof. Peter Nordlander obtained his PhD degree in 1985 at Chalmers University in Sweden. After postdoctoral positions at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Ctr at Yorktown Heights, Bell Labs at Murray Hill (USA) and at Rutgers University, he moved to Rice University in 1989 and is currently Wiess Chair of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Nanoengineering. Visiting Professorships include University of Paris, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University and Wuhan University. His research background is theoretical condensed matter and nanophysics. His current research is on theoretical and computational modeling of Plasmonics and Nanophotonics phenomena. He is an associate editor of ACS Nano. He has published more than 350 refereed articles, has been cited more than 55,000 times with a Web of Science h-index well above 100, and a Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science since 2013.


Selected Awards

  • 2020, Hershel M. Rich Invention Award
  • 2016, Fellow of MRS
  • 2015, R W. Wood Price in Optics
  • 2014, Frank Isakson Price for Optical Effects in Solids
  • 2013, Fellow of the Optical Society of America
  • 2013, Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics
  • 2010, Fellow of the International Societuy for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • 2008, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2002, Fellow of the American Phyical Society

Research Interests

Plasmonics; Nanophotonics, Photocatalysis; Photodetection, Light Harvesting


Selected Publications

  • 2020, Transient optical symmetry breaking for ultrafast broadband dichroism in plasmonic metasurfaces, A. Schirato, M. Maiuri, A Toma, S. Fugattini, R. P. Zaccaria, P. Laporta, P. Nordlander, G. Cerullo, A. Alabastri, and G. Della Valle, Nature Photonics 14(2020)723–727, DOI: 10.1038/s41566-020-00702-w
  • 2020, Plasmonic-driven carbon-fluorine (C(sp3)-F) bond activation: mechanistic insights into hot-carrier-mediated pathways, H. Robatjazi, J.L. Bao, L. Zhou, M. Zhang, P. Christopher, E.A. Carter, P. Nordlander, and N.J. Halas, Nature Catalysis 3(2020)564-573 DOI: 10.1038/s41929-020-0466-5
  • 2020, Light-driven methane dry reforming with single atomic site antenna-reactor plasmonic photocatalysts, L. Zhou, J.M.P. Martirez, C. Zhang, D.F. Swearer, S. Tian, H. Robatjazi, M.H. Lou, L.L. Dong, L. Henderson, P. Christopher, E.A. Carter, P. Nordlander, and N.J. Halas, Nature Energy 5(2020)61-70, DOI:10.1038/s41560-019-0517-9
  • 2019, Plasmonic Photocatalysis of Nitrous Oxide into N2 and O2 using Aluminum-Iridium Antenna-Reactor Nanoparticles, D.F. Swearer, H. Robatjazi, J.M.P. Martirez, M. Zhang, L. Zhou, E.A. Carter, P. Nordlander, and N.J. Halas, ACS Nano 13(2019)8076-8086, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b02924
  • 2018, Christopher, E.A. Carter, P. Nordlander, and N.J. Halas, Science 362(2018) 69–72, DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6967
  • 2018, Relaxation of plasmon-induced hot carriers, J.G. Liu, H. Zhang, S. Link, and P. Nordlander, ACS Photonics 5(2018)2584-2595, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00881
  • 2017, Plasmon-induced Selective Carbon Dioxide Conversion on Earth-abundant Aluminum-cuprous Oxide Antenna-reactor Nanoparticles”H. Robatjaz, H. Q. Zhao, D. F. Swearer, N. J. Hogan, L. Zhou, A. Alabastri, M. J. McClain, P. Nordlander, and N. J. Halas, Nature Communications, 8(2017)27, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00055-z
  • 2016, Heterometallic Antenna-reactor Complexes for Photocatalysis, D. F. Swearer, H. Q. Zhao, L. Zhou, C. Zhang, H. Robatjazi, J.M.P. Martirez, C. M. Krauter, S. Yazdi, M. J. McClain, E. Ringe, E. A. Carter, P. Nordlander, and N.J. Halas, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(2016)8916-8920, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1609769113
  • 2014, Plasmon-Induced Hot Carriers in Metallic Nanoparticles;A. Manjavacas, J.G. Liu, V. Kulkarni, and P. Nordlander; ACS Nano 8(2014)7630-7638; DOI: 10.1021/nn502445f
  • 2011, Photodetection with Active Optical Antennas, M. W. Knight, H. Sobhani, P. Nordlander, N. J. Halas, Science 332(2011)702-704, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203056
  • Quantifying hot carrier and thermal contributions in plasmonic photocatalysis, L. Zhou, D. F. Swearer, C. Zhang, H. Robatjazi, H. Zhao, L. Henderson, L.L. Dong, P.