Amanda Haes Promoted to Professor
Amanda J. Haes has been promoted to rank of Professor. She joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at the University of Iowa in 2006, after earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University and serving as a NRC Research Associate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Her research group combines both experimental and computational methods to predict and exploit the size dependent properties of metal and metal oxide nanomaterials in both fundamental and applied studies in the areas of Raman spectroscopy, plasmonics, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering. Professor Haes focuses on a number of key issues related to nanoscience and nanotechnology including quality control of nanomaterials and surface chemistry, impacts of intermolecular interactions and surface selection rules on vibrational features of molecules, as well as quantitative sensor development for applications in biology, chemistry, dentistry, and environmental science. These studies are and/or have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, and Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. Recently, Professor Haes was selected as a “Must See” presenter at a National American Chemical Society Conference and serves as a standing member of the National Institutes of Health Instrumentation and Systems Development Study Section. In addition to her research, Professor Haes serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Director of a National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. She and her group have also hosted over 1,000 elementary and middle school students, teachers, and parents from local communities to the University of Iowa campus for various STEM activities.