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Joel Henzie

Independent Scientist


Educational & Research History

2012 - Present
Independent Scientist, MANA, NIMS
2008 - 2012
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, UC-Berkley, USA
2003 - 2008
Ph.D., Northwestern University, USA
1996 - 2000
B.Sci. in Biochemistry, Biology and Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Research Interests

Nanocrystals are building blocks for a new class of functional, composite materials that can be completely assembled from the bottom up. My research addresses three major themes related to this area: (1) The development of new shape-controlled synthetic strategies to generate monodisperse nanocrystals in a range of useful materials. Understanding the complex interplay between kinetics and thermodynamics is key to developing a general mechanism for the synthesis of colloidal nanocrystals. (2) Self-assembly of shaped colloidal nanocrystals into superlattices with long-range order approaching dimensions currently only achievable in bulk, crystalline materials. Precise control of nanocrystal monodispersity in addition to interactions and driving forces is necessary to achieve large-scale superlattices. And (3), the development of new kinds of self-assembled composite materials with interesting electronic, optical and catalytic properties. The combination of new properties and high surface area will lead to novel materials for energy production and storage.


  • 2008 Department Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation, Northwestern University (USA)
  • 2008 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) Award for Outstanding Research, Northwestern University (USA)
  • 2007-2005 Materials Research and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Graduate Fellowship, Northwestern University (USA)
  • 2006 NSF Scholarship to attend the 56th Nobel meeting at Lindau
  • 2004 Suchanski Graduate Fellowship, Northwestern University (USA)
  • 2000 NSF Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Columbia University (USA)
  • 2000 Volvo Scholarship, Columbia University (USA)
  • 1999 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)

Selected Papers

  1. Self-assembly of uniform polyhedral silver nanocrystals into densest packings and exotic superlattices
    Henzie J, Gruenwald M, Widmer-Cooper A, Geissler P, Yang P
    Nature Materials 2012; 11, 131-137. [Featured on the Cover]
  2. Nanofabrication of Plasmonic Structures
    Henzie J, Lee J, Lee M. H, Hasan, W, Odom T. W.
    Ann. Rev. of Phys. Chem.; 2009; 60, 147.
  3. Screening Plasmonic Materials using Pyramidal Gratings
    Gao H, Henzie J, Lee M. H, Odom T. W.
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.; 2008; 105, 20146.
  4. Multiscale Patterning of Plasmonic Metamaterials
    Henzie J, Lee M. H, Odom T. W.
    Nature Nanotechnology; 2007; 2, 549. [Featured on the Cover] [Editor's Choice in Science]
  5. Direct Evidence for Surface-Plasmon Mediated Enhanced Light Transmission through Metallic Nanohole Arrays
    Gao H, Henzie J, Odom T. W.
    Nano Letters; 2006; 6, 2104.
  6. Manipulating the Optical Properties of Pyramidal Nanoparticle Arrays
    Henzie J, Shuford K. L, Kwak E.-S, Schatz G. C, Odom T. W.
    J. Phys. Chem. B; 2006; 110, 14028-14031.
  7. Large-area Nanoscale Patterning: Chemistry meets Fabrication
    Henzie J, Barton J. B, Stender C. L, Odom T. W.
    Acct. Chem. Res.; 2006; 39, 249-257.
  8. Surface Plasmon Standing Waves in Large-Area Subwavelength Hole Arrays
    Henzie J, Kwak E.-S., Chang S.-H, Gray S. K, Schatz G. C, Odom T. W.
    Nano Lett.; 2005; 5; 1963.
  9. Mesoscale Metallic Pyramids with Nanoscale Tips
    Henzie J, Kwak E.-S, Odom T. W.
    Nano Letters; 2005; 5(7); 1199.
  10. Femtosecond Aqueous Solvation at a Positively Charged Surfactant/Water Interface
    Benderskii A, Henzie J, Basu S, Shang X, Eisenthal K. B.
    J. Phys. Chem. B.; 2004; 108; 14017.