Anne-Isabelle Henry

I’m a Research Assistant Professor in the Van Duyne lab, where my research focuses on the development of nanosensors for the specific, ultrasensitive detection of bioanalytes such as glucose and human stress biomarkers.  I have extensive experience working with plasmonic nanomaterials, from their synthesis, assembly, and structure−function relationships to implementing strategies for harvesting their potential as optical sensors for defense and healthcare applications.  I’m also actively engaged in technical program management, including coordinating research proposals, and technology transfer through the innovation and ventures office at Northwestern University (NU).

I joined the Department of Chemistry at NU as a joint postdoc in the Van Duyne and Schatz research groups after graduating from University Pierre & Marie Curie, France with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. As a PhD student I investigated the thermal, structural and optical properties of silver nanocrystals assemblies (2D and 3D) leading to the rational design and discovery of intrinsic properties of nanocrystal superlattices.

Prior to that I worked on the structural characterization of single-wall carbon nanotubes at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (U. Paris South, France) for my master thesis, and at the Fritz-Haber-Institut (Berlin, Germany) as an undergrad student. As a grad student I also collaborated with the MESA+ institute of nanotechnology (U. of Twente, Netherlands) to understand the role of the substrate on the optical properties of nanocrystals’ films.

                                                                                          I’m an avid traveler and love to use my synthetic chemistry skills in the kitchen to make french pastries.
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  • B.S. in Physical Chemistry from University Paris Sud (Orsay, France)
  • M.S. in Chemistry of Condensed Matter from University Paris Sud (Orsay, France)
  • Ph. D. in Chemistry from University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France)


Technical skills:

Nanomaterials fabrication

  • Colloidal synthesis, reverse micelles
  • Centrifugation-based separation of nanoparticles, convective assembly, spin-coating Structural characterization
  • Thermal evaporation, PVD

Structural characterization

  • Electron microscopy (TEM, SEM, STEM)
  • Electron diffraction, Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD), grazing incidence small angle X-ray diffraction (GISAXS)

Optical and spectroscopic characterization

  • Dark-field optical microscopy / LSPR spectroscopy
  • UV-vis, Raman, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)



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  • Professor Richard Van Duyne

    Additional Information

    Discoverer of Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (1977)
    Inventor of Nanosphere Lithography (1995) & Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy (2000)

  • Group Members

    Professor Van Duyne has, in his career to date, advised a total of 87 graduate students and 47 postdoctoral fellows. Every year, Professor Van Duyne gives a talk to introduce new graduate students to our research. The 2017 seminar slides are available here.

  • News

    Professor Van Duyne was recently named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct "high risk, high payoff" basic scientific research. Read more here