Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Energy, photocatalysis, ultrafast spectroscopy and nanophotonics
Dr. Isabell Thomann is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. She received her PhD in Physics at JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder, working on topics in ultrafast laser physics, high-harmonic generation and photoelectron spectroscopy. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, she worked with chemical engineers, materials scientists, electrical engineers, chemists and applied physicists, investigating novel photoelectrode structures based on metallic (plasmonic) and dielectric nanostructures to enhance photoelectrochemical processes for energy applications.
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.