Prof. Rizia Bardhan

Assistant Professor (August 2012 – present)
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Vanderbilt University
Olin Hall 308
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone: 615-322-6905


Professor Rizia Bardhan joined Vanderbilt University in Fall 2012. Rizia received a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Westminster College, Fulton, MO. She then moved to Houston, TX to pursue a Ph.D. at Rice University under the supervision of Prof. Naomi Halas. During her graduate work, her research focused on fundamental plasmonics and nanophotonics, and applications of plasmonic nanostructures in nanomedicine. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Rizia spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with Dr. Jeffrey Urban designing nanomaterials for hydrogen storage, and developing real-time spectroscopies to measure hydrogen storage processes in situ.

2018    CDMRP Career Development Award
2018    Vanderbilt Engineering Immunity Pilot Award
2017    Vanderbilt University Provost Research Studios Award
2017    Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering High Impact Paper Award
2016    American Cancer Society – Institutional Research Award
2014    ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
2014    Highlighted by Materials Research Society as “rising star” in Women in Materials Engineering
2013    National Science Foundation BRIGE Award
2012    Forbes, “Top 30 under 30” Rising Stars of Science and Innovation Award
2010    Norman Hackerman Award for Research Excellence
2009    Harry B. Weiser Award for Research Excellence
2005    Robert A. Welch Pre-doctoral Fellowship