Professor Richard Van Duyne

Richard P. Van Duyne is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University.  He is known for the discovery of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), the invention of nanosphere lithography (NSL), and development of ultrasensitive nanosensors based on localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy. His research interests include all forms of surface-enhanced spectroscopy, plasmonics and nanophotonics, nanoscale chemical/biological sensors, nanosphere lithography (NSL), atomic layer deposition (ALD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), ultra-high vacuum (UHV) STM, UHV-tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (UHV-TERS), MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, and surface-enhanced femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SE-FSRS).

He has been recognized for his accomplishments with the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, American Chemical Society (2014), Charles Mann Award in Applied Raman Spectroscopy, Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2014), Sir George Stokes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), Honorary Member, Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2013), Thomson Reuters list of top 100 chemists over the period 2000-2010 as ranked by the impact of their published research (2011), Charles N. Reilley Award, Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (2011), Election to the US National Academy of Sciences (2010), Analytical Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society, (2010), Bomem-Michelson Award, Coblentz Society (2010), Ellis R. Lippincott Award, Optical Society of America (2008), L’Oreal Art and Science of Color Prize (2006), Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education, American Chemical Society (2005), Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2004), The Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, American Physical Society (2004), Excellence in Surface Science Award of the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation (1996), Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (1991), National Fresenius Award, American Chemical Society (1981), and the Coblentz Memorial Prize in Molecular Spectroscopy (1980). He is also a fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2013), Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), American Physical Society (1985), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1983). Van Duyne received his B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1967) and a PhD. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina (1971).

Fax: 847-491-7713
Phone: 847-491-3516 (Student Office: 847-491-2952)
Address: Richard P. Van Duyne
Northwestern University Chemistry Department
2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston IL 60208-3113
Email: [email protected]

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  • Professor Richard Van Duyne

    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, advised a total of 74 graduate students and 37 postdoctoral fellows. As of Spring 2013, 17 graduate students, 7 postdoctoral fellows, 1 research assistant professor, 1 research associate, and 1 associate research administrator are active in our research team.

  • News

    Our research group contributes to ongoing national collaborations facilitated by the Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL).