Principal Investigator

Isabell Thomann

Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rice University

Post Doc., Stanford University
Ph.D., Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
Diploma, Physics, ETH Zuerich

Short Bio



Graduate Students



Chloe Doiron

B.Sc in Engineering Physics, University of Oklahoma






Shah Mohammad Bahauddin

B.Sc. in Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh






Elisabeth Bianco

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.Sc in Chemistry, The Ohio State University




Undergraduate Students



Luke H. Macfarlan
Junior Chemistry and Engineering Student
John Brown University






Mickyle Stanbury
Rice University Undergraduate
Chemical Engineering, B.S.
Class of 2017






Sidan Fu, Undergreduate Student,
Department of Electronic Science & Technology,
School of Electronic & Information Engineering,
Xi’an Jiaotong University






Yueyu Lin, Undergrduate Student
Department of Physics
Zhejiang University







Hossein Robatjazi

B.Sc in Applied Chemistry, 2009, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran
M.Sc in Analytical Chemistry, 2011, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

Current Affiliation: Halas Nanophotonics Group, Rice University






Postdoc position in ultrafast spectroscopy for materials for energy and photocatalysis at Rice University, Houston, Texas, US

We are looking for a postdoc with substantial expertise in ultrafast spectroscopy. Experience with Raman spectroscopy, the study of materials and nanostructures, and/or a chemistry background is a plus. You should have good communication skills, enjoy working in a team and training students.

Our group will apply time-resolved optical spectroscopy techniques to engineered metallic (plasmonic) and dielectric nanostructures designed to achieve unprecedented control over the flow of light and its spatial localization into tiny volumes. A specific focus of our work is on nanostructured materials for energy, sustainability and photocatalysis. You will help with the completion of a state-of-the art femtosecond NOPA laser-based spectroscopy setup in a state-of-the art research lab, data collection and analysis, publication and dissemination of results at conferences.

Please send your application materials to Prof. Isabell Thomann Preferred start date ASAP.


We have Open Positions for Graduate Students, Undergraduates and Postdocs!

The Thomann Group is continuously seeking motivated graduate students, undergraduates and postdocs who are interested in contributing to research in energy, nanophotonics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photocatalysis. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, and benefits from interactions between researchers across all disciplines of engineering and science, including ECE, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry and biology!

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in at least one of the above areas. Strong experimental and theoretical skills, for example in nanofabrication and nanocharacterization, materials synthesis, optics/spectroscopy, nanophotonics, time-resolved spectroscopy, catalysis, computer modeling, instrumentation, or biofunctionalization is advantageous but not required. We do welcome transfer students!

Interested applicants should send a CV and list of references to Professor Isabell Thomann,