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 Gold Medal Award, New York Section, Society for Applied Spectroscopy (2017), Spiers Memorial Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, Faraday Division (2017), Theophilus Redwood Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2015), 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 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2016), 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).

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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