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Dr. Laura Na Liu
Laura Na Liu
Research Group Leader
Phone: +49 711 689-1838
Website: Homepage Liu

Address: 
Heisenbergstrasse 3
70569 Stuttgart
Germany

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<p>The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is bestowing 14 international junior researchers with the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award. They will each receive up to 1.65 million euros, providing them with the risk capital they need for innovative projects at an early stage of their careers.</p>

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 2012 to Dr. Laura Na Liu

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is bestowing 14 international junior researchers with the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award. They will each receive up to 1.65 million euros, providing them with the risk capital they need for innovative projects at an early stage of their careers.

 


Smart Nanoplasmonics for Biology and Chemistry (Laura Na Liu)
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

The nanometer scale is where the chemistry, biology, and materials sciences converge. The subtopic of nanoplasmonics deals with localization and manipulation of light in a nanometer volume. The key material component for plasmonics is metals. The optical properties of metal nanoparticles have been an object of fascination since ancient times. When light interacts with a metal nanoparticle (for example a gold colloid in a stained church window), collective oscillations of conduction electrons known as particle plasmons are excited.

Functionalized metallic nanoparticle assemblies with well-designed configurations enable intriguing optical properties and offer a helpful hand for understanding profound biochemical behavior. Our group focuses on developing sophisticated and smart plasmonic nanostructures for

(I) answering structural biology questions

(II) answering catalytic chemistry questions in local environments

 
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