Catherine Arndt is a graduate student in the Applied Physics program, and affiliated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department under the guidance of Professor Naomi J. Halas. Catherine received her B.S in physics from Baylor University in Waco, TX, in 2019. Her undergraduate research focused on fundamental studies of Epsilon-Near-Zero materials.
Catherine’s graduate research in the Halas Lab focuses on developing ultra-violet nonlinear metamaterials for practical applications such as light sources for precision ophthalmic surgery and anti-microbial mitigation. The nanoscale metamaterials offer new avenues to reach wavelengths which are difficult to produce with current materials. In 2019, she received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP). In 2021, she was awarded a Smalley-Curl Innovative Research Fellowship.