Dr. Haes is committed to building and maintaining a diverse research team. Her goal is to assist each group member in building a strong scientific foundation so that each individual’s challenges are a result of their scientific ability rather than their disabilities, gender, or race. We encourage a research environment in which a discipline-translational vocabulary is established so that students feel unhampered by traditional labels in science and engineering. By encouraging a unified picture of science, students should learn how to communicate their research in a very technical manner among other specialized scientists and in terms of a larger picture to the general community.


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Meet the Haes Research Group


AJH 2017

Amanda J. Haes

Department of Chemistry
University of Iowa
238 IATL
Iowa City, IA 55242
Phone: (319)384-3695
Email: amanda-haes(at)

Amanda’s Webpage

Amanda's CV

Amanda earned her B.A. in Chemistry and Physics at Wartburg College (1999), M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern University with Richard P. Van Duyne (2001 and 2004, respectively), and was a National Research Council Research Associate with Greg E. Collins at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (2004-2006). Amanda is the recipient of several awards including Office of Naval Research Young Investigator (2007), Victor K. LaMer Award from the American Chemical Society (2007), Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Scholar (2006), National Research Council Research Associate (2004-2006), Excellence in Graduate Research (Outstanding Thesis) Award from Northwestern University (2004), Kirkbright Bursary Award from the Association of British Spectroscopists (2004), American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry and Dupont Research Fellow (2003-2004), and Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award (2003). Haes group research activities include designing and purifying novel nanomaterials for stable spectroscopic studies, improving detection limits of biological and environmental pathogens, and investigating how surface chemistry impacts nanomaterial function in separations and spectroscopy.


Hoa Phan

Post Doctoral Associate
Email: hoa-phan(at)


B.S. Vietnam National University of Hanoi, Hanoi, VIETNAM

Hoa joined the Haes Group after graduating from Vietnam National University of Hanoi. He is interested in using nanomaterials for surface enhanced Raman scattering.


Sajeewani Kumarage, Graduate Student

Ryan Norton,Graduate Student

Shenghao Geng,Graduate Student

Rachel Harder, Undergraduate Student, ICRU Fellow

A.J. Pearl, Undergraduate Student

Stephanie Gibbons, Undergraduate Student

Mikaylah Poli, REU Participant