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Isabell Thomann
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Assistant Professor of Chemistry
 
e-mail:Isabell.Thomann@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Physics (2009) University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
  • Diploma Physics (2001) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
 
Primary Department
   Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
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    Websites
     Isabell Thomann's Research Group
     
    Research Areas
     Energy, photocatalysis, ultrafast spectroscopy and nanophotonics
     

    Reseach Statement 2014

     

    Novel applications of nanophotonics, employing engineered metallic (plasmonic) and dielectric nanostructures, now enable unprecedented control over the flow of light and its spatial localization into tiny volumes. In a second exciting area of research, the temporal confinement of light down to attosecond durations has just become possible. We leverage advances in both these areas to create novel materials and nanostructures, to study their optical, electrical and catalytic properties, and use them to solve practical problems, e.g. in the areas of energy and photocatalysis.

     
    Teaching Areas
     Elec 565 Materials for Energy and Photo-Catalysis
    Elec 691 Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability
    Elec 661 Nanophotonics, Spectroscopy, and Materials for Sustainability
    Elec 365 Nanomaterials for Energy
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Bahauddin, S. M.; Robatjazi, H.; Doiron, C. "Fabrication of MoS2 nanodisk arrays using nanosphere lithography." In Progress

     
     

    Bahauddin, S. M.; Robatjazi, H.; Thomann, I "Broadband absorption engineering to enhance light absorption in monolayer MoS2." Submitted

     
     

    “Direct Plasmon-Driven Photoelectrocatalysis”
    Robatjazi, H.; Bahauddin, S. M.; Doiron, C.; Thomann, I.,
    Nano Lett., 2015, ASAP
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02453


    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02453
     
     

    Robatjazi, H.; Bahauddin, S. M.; Macfarlan, L. H.*; Fu, S.*; Thomann, I. "Ultra-thin AAO membrane as a generic template for sub-100 nm nanostructure fabrication." Chemistry of MaterialsSubmitted

     
     

    “Light trapping for solar fuel generation with Mie resonances”
    Kim, S.J.; Thomann, I.; Park, J.; Kang, J.-H.; Vasudev, A.; Brongersma, M.L.,

    Nano Lett., 2014, 14 (3),1446–1452

    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/nl404575e

     
     

    “Self-assembly based plasmonic arrays tuned by atomic layer deposition for extreme visible light absorption”
    Hägglund, C.; Zeltzer, G.; Ruiz, R.; Thomann, I.; Lee, H.-B.-R.; Brongersma, M.L.; and Bent, S.F., Nano Lett. 13, 3352−3357 (2013).
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/nl401641v


    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/nl401641v
     
     

    “Scanning Photoionization Microscopy: Ultrafast Plasmon-Mediated Electron Ejection Dynamics in Au Nanorods”
    Schweikhard, V.; Grubisic, A.; Baker, T. A.; Thomann, I.; Nesbitt, D. J.,
    ACS Nano, 2011, 5 (5), pp 3724–3735
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn200082j

     
     

    “Plasmon Enhanced Solar-to-Fuel Energy Conversion”
    Thomann, I.; Pinaud, B.A.; Chen, Z.; Clemens, B.M.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Brongersma, M.L.,
    Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 3440–3446
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/nl201908s

    • Featured in the MRS Bulletin, Vol. 36, October 2011, “Energy Focus: Surface plasmons used to enhance solar-to-fuel energy conversion”
    • Featured in IEEE Spectrum, August 2011, “Optical Antennas Improve Hydrogen Production”
    • Highlighted in the ArXiv blog of MIT Technology Review 03/05/2011
     
     

    “Characterizing isolated attosecond pulses from hollow-core waveguides using multi-cycle driving pulses“
    Thomann, I.; Bahabad, A.; Liu, X.; Trebino, R.; Murnane, M. M.; Kapteyn, H. C., Optics Express, v 17, n 6, 16 March 2009, p 4611- 4633
    http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-6-4611

     
     

    “Temporal characterization of attosecond waveforms in the sub-optical cycle regime“
    Thomann, I.; Gregonis, E.; Liu, X.; Trebino, R.; Sandhu, A.; Murnane, M.; Kapteyn, H., Physical Review A, v 78, 011806(R) (2008).
    http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRA/v78/e011806

    • Selected for the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science, August 2008
     
     

    “Direct Measurement of the Angular Dependence of the Single-Photon Ionization of Aligned N2 and CO2“
    Thomann, I.; Lock, R.; Sharma, V.; Gagnon, E.; Pratt, S.T.; Kapteyn, H.; Murnane, M.; Li, W., J. Phys. Chem. A, v 112, n 39, 2008, p 9382 (Stephen Leone Festschrift)
    http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/jpcafh/2008/112/i39/abs/jp8023414.html

     
     

    “Long-term carrier-envelope phase stability from a grating-based, chirped pulse amplifier“ Gagnon, E.; Thomann, I.; Paul, A.; Lytle, A.L.; Backus, S.; Murnane, M.M.; Kapteyn, H.C.; Sandhu, A.S., Optics Letters, v 31, n 12, 15 June 2006, p 1866-8 http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-12-1866

     
     

    “Generation of sub-optical-cycle, carrier-envelope-phase-insensitive, extreme-uv pulses via nonlinear stabilization in a waveguide“
    Sandhu, A.S.; Gagnon, E.; Paul, A.; Thomann, I.; Lytle, A.; Keep, T.; Murnane, M.M.; Kapteyn, H.C.; Christov, I.P., Physical Review A, v 74, n 6, Dec. 2006, p 61803-1-4 http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRA/v74/e061803

     
     

    “Broadband phase-coherent optical frequency synthesis with actively linked Ti:sapphire and Cr:forsterite femtosecond lasers“ Bartels, A.; Newbury, N.R.; Thomann, I.; Hollberg, L.; Diddams, S.A., Optics Letters, v 29, n 4, 15 Feb. 2004, p 403-5 http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-4-403

     
     

    “Absolute-frequency measurements with a stabilized near-infrared optical frequency comb from a Cr:forsterite laser“ Corwin, K.L.; Thomann, I.; Dennis, T.; Fox, R.W.; Swann, W.; Curtis, E.A.; Oates, C.W.; Wilpers, G.; Bartels, A.; Gilbert, S.L.; Hollberg, L.; Newbury, N.R.; Diddams, S.A.; Nicholson, J.W.; Yan, M.F., Optics Letters, v 29, n 4, Feb 15, 2004, p 397-399 http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-4-397

     
     

    “Investigation of a grating-based stretcher/compressor for carrier-envelope phase stabilized fs pulses“ Thomann, I.; Gagnon, E.; Jones, R.J.; Sandhu, A.S.; Lytle, A.; Anderson, R.; Jun Ye; Murnane, M.; Kapteyn, H., Optics Express, v 12, n 15, 26 July 2004, p 3493 http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-15-3493

     
     

    “Precision stabilization of femtosecond lasers to high-finesse optical cavities“ Jones, R.J.; Thomann, I.; Ye, J., Physical Review A, v 69, n 5, May 2004, p 51803-1-4
    http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRA/v69/e051803

     
     

    “420-MHz Cr:forsterite femtosecond ring laser and continuum generation in the 1-2-μm range“ Thomann, I.; Bartels, A.; Corwin, K.L.; Newbury, N.R.; Diddams, Scott A.; Hollberg, L.; Nicholson, J.W.; Yan, M.F., Optics Letters, v 28, n 15, Aug 1, 2003, p 1368-1370 http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-15-1368

     
     

    “Chromium-doped forsterite: dispersion measurement with white-light interferometry” Thomann, I.; Hollberg, L.; Diddams, S.A.; Equall, R., Applied Optics, v 42, n 9, 20
    March 2003, p 1661-6 http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-9-1661

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    “Direct Measurement of Angle-Dependent Single Photon Ionization of N2 and CO2

    Thomann, I.; Lock, R.; Sharma, V.; Gagnon, E.; Pratt, S.T.; Kapteyn, H.; Murnane, M.; Li, W., Ultrafast Phenomena XVI, Proceedings of the 16th International  Conference, Stresa, Italy, June 2008

     
     Other
     

    “Generation, Temporal Characterization and Applications of Femtosecond-/ Attosecond Extreme Ultraviolet Pulses “

    Thomann, I.; Ph.D. Thesis, University of Colorado at Boulder

    http://jila.colorado.edu/sites/default/files/thomann_thesis.pdf

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    “Extreme light absorption architectures for solar-to-fuel conversion”, PQE-2015 Physics of Quantum Electronics, Snowbird, Utah, USA, January 5-9, 2015

     
     

    “Light Management in Extremely Thin Photoelectrode Architectures”, Symposium on “Nanostructured Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage”, Spring 2015 ACS National Meeting in Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015

     
     

    “Towards nanophotonic and time-resolved spectroscopy of plasmonic systems”, Symposium on “Probing Nano-Plasmonic Phenomena at the Single Molecule, Single Electron, and Single Photon Level” (PHYS division), Spring 2015 ACS National Meeting in Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015

     
     

    “Extremely Thin Photoelectrode Architectures for Photocatalysis”, Symposium on Solar Fuels, Photocatalysts and Photoelectrochemical Cells, 228th Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, Oct 11-15, 2015

     
     

    “Advancing materials for energy and photocatalysis”, Chemistry Seminar, Chemistry Department, Rice University, 01/27/2014

     
     

    “Extreme light absorption architectures for solar-to-fuel conversion”, SPIE Photonics Asia 2014, Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China, Oct 10, 2014

     
     

    “Light Management in Extremely Thin Photoelectrode Architectures”, Symposium on Solar Fuels, Photocatalysts and Photoelectrochemical Cells, 226th Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, Oct 5-10, 2014

     
     

    “Light Management in Extremely Thin Photoelectrode Architectures”, NorTex Nano Summit, Rice University, October 14, 2014

     
     

    “Light Management in Extremely Thin Photoelectrode Architectures”, 2014 Energy Materials Nanotechnology (EMN) Fall Meeting, Nanophotonics and Plasmonics, Orlando, Florida, USA, Nov 22 - 25, 2014

     
     

    “Light Management in Extremely Thin Photoelectrode Architectures for Solar Fuel Generation”, Quantum Materials Perspectives and Opportunities: The Rice Center for Quantum Materials Launch Symposium, December 15-16, 2014

     
     

    "Plasmon-enhanced solar energy conversion to fuels", Faculty Candidate Seminar, Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, 2/09/2012

     
     

    "Plasmon-enhanced solar energy conversion to fuels", Faculty Candidate Seminar, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, 03/08/2012

     
     

    "Plasmon-enhanced solar energy conversion to fuels", Faculty Candidate Seminar, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 03/22/2012

     
     

    “Plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical cells”, Annual Program Review for DOE-EFRC, Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Stanford University, 11/15/2011

     
     

    “Plasmon-enhanced solar energy conversion to fuels”, University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 5/16/2011

     
     

    "Plasmon-enhanced solar energy conversion to fuels", Faculty Candidate Seminar, School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, 12/20/2011

     
     

    “Plasmon-enhanced solar energy conversion to fuels”, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, 5/17/2011

     
     

    “Plasmon-enhanced solar energy conversion to fuels”, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 5/19/2011

     
     Other
     

    “Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Nanophotonics for Photocatalysis”
    Thomann, I.; Doiron, C.; Bahauddin, S. M,; Robatjazi, H.; Li, Y.-L.,
    Army Research Office workshop on “Workshop on Surface Plasmons, Metamaterials, and Catalysis”
    Oct 21-23, 2013; Rice University, Houston TX, USA. Presented by I. Thomann

     
     

    “Plasmon Enhanced Solar-to-Fuel Energy Conversion”
    Thomann, I.; Pinaud, B.A.; Chen, Z.; Clemens, B.M.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Brongersma, M.L.,
    Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting 2012, San Francisco CA, USA.
    Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical cells”
    Thomann, I.; Pinaud, B.A.; Pala, R.; Seo, M-K; Chen, Z.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Brongersma, M.L.,
    SPIE Optics+Photonics 2011, San Diego CA, USA. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Plasmons and rust for solar energy conversion”
    Thomann, I.; Pinaud, B.A.; Pala, R.; Seo, M-K; Chen, Z.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Brongersma, M.L.,
    CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2011, Munich, Germany. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Plasmons and rust for solar energy conversion”
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    Thomann, I.; Pinaud, B.A.; Pala, R.; Seo, M-K; Chen, Z.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Brongersma, M.L.,
    Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting 2011, San Francisco CA, USA.
    Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Characterizing Isolated Attosecond Pulses from a Hollow-Core Waveguide Using Multi-Cycle Driving Pulses”
    Thomann, I.; Bahabad, A.; Trebino, R.; Murnane, M. M.; Kapteyn, H. C., Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), 2009. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Angular-dependence of Molecular Photoionization Cross-sections studied by time-resolved EUV Spectroscopy“
    Thomann, I.; Lock, R.; Gagnon, E.; Sandhu, A.; Kapteyn, H.; Murnane, M.; Li, W., Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), 2008. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Direct measurement of the angular-dependence of molecular ionization cross-sections by time-resolved extreme-ultraviolet spectroscopy“
    Thomann, I.; Lock, R.; Gagnon, E.; Sandhu, A.; Kapteyn, H.; Murnane, M.; Li, W., Ultrafast Phenomena, 2008. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Temporal characterization of energy-tunable EUV pulses in the sub-optical-cycle regime using FROG-CRAB“
    Thomann, I.; Gregonis, E.; Murnane, M.; Kapteyn, H., 2007 Conference on Lasers and Electro
    Optics (CLEO), Postdeadline Papers, 2007, CPDB4. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Isolated EUV pulses via CEP-insensitive non-linear stabilization in the waveguide”, Sandhu, A.S.; Gagnon, E.; Paul, A.; Thomann, I.; Lytle, A.L.; Keep, T.; Murnane, M.M.; Kapteyn, H.C.; Christov,I., 15th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Pacific Grove CA, USA (2006). Presented by A. Sandhu.

     
     

    “Characterization of carrier-envelope phase noise from grating-based stretcher/ compressors for chirped-pulse amplification“ Thomann, I.; Gagnon, E.; Jones, R.J.; Sandhu, A.S.; Lytle, A.; Anderson, R.; Murnane, M.; Kapteyn, H., 2005 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (IEEE Cat. No. 05TH8796), 2005, pt. 2, p 942-4 Vol. 2. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Long term carrier-envelope phase coherence in a grating-based chirped pulse amplifier system,”
    Gagnon, E.; Sandhu, A.; Thomann, I.; Paul, A.; Lytle, A.L.; Backus, S.; Murnane, M.M.; Kapteyn, H.C., 89th Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science XXI (OSA/ILS), Tucson, AZ, October, 2005. Presented by E. Gagnon

     
     

    “Long-term carrier envelope phase stability with grating based amplifier”,
    Sandhu, A.S.; Gagnon, E.; Thomann, I.; Paul, A.; Lytle, A.L.; Keep, T.; Murnane, M.M.; Kapteyn, H.C.; International Conference on Multiphoton Processes (ICOMP), Orford, Canada, Oct 9-14,2005.
    Presented by A. Sandhu.

     
     

    “Two topics relevant to QC,” Invited Talk,
    Gagnon, E.; Thomann, I.; Wagner, N.; Lytle, A.; Sandhu, A.; Wüest, A.; Murnane, M.; Kapteyn, H.C.; Christov, I.; Baertschy, M.; Greene, C.; Ye, J.; Jones, J.; Seidemann, T., 2005 Gordon Conference on Quantum Control Of Light And Matter, Waterville, Maine, August 2005. Presented by H. Kapteyn.

     
     

    “Absolute frequency measurements with a stabilized near-infrared optical frequency comb from a Cr:forsterite laser“ Corwin, K.L.; Thomann, I.; Dennis, T.; Fox, R.W.; Swann, W.; Curtis, E.A.; Oates, C.W.; Wilpers, G.; Bartels, A.; Gilbert, S.L.; Hollberg, L.; Newbury, N.R.; Diddams, S.A.; Nicholson, J.W.; Yan, M.F.,OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series, v 96 A, OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series - Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) 2004, Postconference Digest, 2004, p 586-587. Presented by K. Corwin.

     
     

    “Grating based stretcher/compressor for carrier-envelope phase stabilized pulses”
    Thomann, I.; Gagnon, E.; Jones, R. J.; Sandhu, A. S.; Lytle, A.; Anderson, R.; Ye, J.; Murnane, M.; Kapteyn, H., Gordon Research Conference, Tilton NH, USA (2004).
    Presented by I. Thomann.

     
     

    “Precise stabilization of a femtosecond laser comb to a high finesse, passive optical cavity“ Jones, R.J.; Holman, K.W.; Thomann, I.; Ye, J., Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), 2004, pt. 1, p 2 pp. vol.1. Presented by R. J. Jones.

     
     

    “A 420 MHz Cr:forsterite femtosecond ring laser and its use for continuum generation in the 1-2 micron range“ Thomann, I.; Diddams, S.A.; Bartels, A.; Corwin, K.L.; Newbury, N.R.; Hollberg, L.; Nicholson, J.W.; Yan, M.F., OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series, v 88, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Postconference Digest, 2003, p 938-939. Presented by I. Thomann.

     
    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Brown foundation grant for the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Rice University,

     Poster award, “Plasmonic Solar Energy Conversion Devices”, presented at the 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Noble Metal Nanoparticles, Gordon Research Conference (2010)

     Plasmon-enhanced solar photoconversion devices, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) (2009)

     Student travel grant for attending CLEO conference 2008, distributed by the Division of Laser Science (American Physical Society) (2008)

     New Focus travel grant for attending CLEO conference 2003, distributed by the Optical Society of America, (2003)

    Positions Held
     Laboratory for Nanophotonics faculty member. (2012 - 2012)

     Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology faculty member. (2012 - 2012)

     Chairwoman IEEE Photonics Society – Houston Chapter, IEEE Photonics Society. (2013 - 2013)

     Joint Appointment, Materials Science and NanoEngineering. (2013 - 2013)

     Institute for Bioscience and Bioengineering faculty member. (2012 - 2012)

     Joint Appointment, Department of Chemistry. (2013 - 2013)

     Rice Quantum Institute faculty member. (2012 - 2012)