Emilie Ringe

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering


Office Phone: (713) 348-2582

Website: http://ringegroup.rice.edu/

Research Areas

Research Description

Emilie’s current interests include atomic resolution and three dimensional elemental mapping of alloy nanoparticles relevant for catalysis applications, as well as near-field plasmon mapping using electron energy loss spectroscopy.


Emilie Ringe is an assistant professor of Materials Science and Nanoengineering, as well as an assistant professor of Chemistry at Rice University. She earned her B.A./M.S. (summa cum laude) as well as her Ph.D. from Northwestern University where she held a Presidential Fellowship. Her M.S. thesis, carried under the supervision of James A. Ibers, is entitled “Structure Determination and Characterization of UCuOP, UCu0.6Sband UFeSe3, Three Uranium Compounds Containing a First Row Transition Metal” and explored the synthesis, crystallography, and conductivity of uranium compounds with an aim at better understanding 3d/5f electron interactions. Her doctoral studies were supervised by Richard P. Van Duyne and Laurence D. Marks and focused on new statistical approaches to the correlation of plasmonic behavior and particle morphology in noble metal particles (Ag and Au) as well as new analytical models to predict the shape of small alloy and kinetically grown nanoparticles. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2012 with a thesis entitled “Building the Nanoplasmonics Toolbox through Shape Modeling and Single Particle Optical Studies”, and for that work received the Excellence in Graduate Research Award. After her time at Northwestern, Dr. Ringe became the Gott Research Fellow at Trinity Hall as well as a Newton International Research Fellow (Royal Society) in the Electron Microscopy group in the Materials Science and Metallurgy Department at Cambridge University. There, she studied atomic resolution and three-dimensional reconstruction of alloy nanoparticles relevant for catalysis and plasmonic applications, as well as near-field plasmon mapping using electron energy loss spectroscopy. Extending her spectroscopy expertise, together with John Bulmer in the group of Dr. Koziol she built a Raman system to probe the properties of carbon nanotubes.

She is active in collaborating and promoting science internationally, attending many international conferences and sustaining collaborations with the UK, Israel, China, Canada, and more. Prof. Ringe organized the first Gordon Research Seminar on noble metal nanoparticles in 2012, and is now chairing a mini-symposium on nanocrystalline materials at the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Conference in 2014. She has also been very also active in science-based outreach aimed at schoolkids, leading the after school science club at Chute middle school in the Chicago area, as well as participating in a number of smaller outreach efforts. Avid runner, she has trained with blind athletes since 2009. Prof. Ringe also worked outside of academia for 16 months as a formulation researcher at the pharmaceutical company Merck Frosst.

Recent Publications