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Rabin, Oded

Rabin, Oded

Associate Professor
NSF CAREER Recipient
Fulbright U.S. Scholar
Materials Science and Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Aerospace Engineering
1110B Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building


  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2004
  • M.S., Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehobot, Israel
  • B.A., Chemistry, Technion, Haifa, Israel


Professor Rabin received a B.A. degree in chemistry from the Technion, Haifa, Israel, an M.Sc. degree in chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehobot, Israel, and a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA in 2004.  He completed postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and at the University of California, Berkeley.   He joined the University of Maryland in 2007.


  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2012)
  • Fulbright Award, 2022

Google Scholar

  • Synthesis and physical properties of nanowires and porous thin films
  • Electrical and thermal transport in low dimensional systems
  • Nanoporous membrances
  • Interfacial nanoscience (including organic-inorganic systems, controlled assembly, scattering, and surface plasmons)
  • Thermal and electric transport
  • Applications in sensing, microfluidics, and chromatography

Recent years have seen significant progress in the fabrication of nanoscale structures and in understanding the unusual physics that govern their properties. Dr. Rabin's efforts will be concentrated in developing methodologies to prepare new types of nanostructures that will have characteristics not found in larger materials. He is also interested in investigating the ways in which nanostructures interact differently with their environment: can they promote chemical reactions, absorb molecules, and manipulate light and electrons and spins.

Dr. Rabin's research interests also include chemical sensing and molecule-nanoparticle interactions; advanced materials for thermoelectric energy generation; applications of nanoparticles as biomarkers for imaging, diagnosis, and repair; porous anodic alumina scaffolds; and molecular and nanoparticle transport in microfluidic devices.

Professor Rabin currently teaches:

  • ENMA 300: Introduction to Engineering Materials (undergraduate coure course)
  • ENMA 301: Modern Materials Engineering (undergraduate coure course)
  • ENMA 430/630: Quantum Size Effects in Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 660: Thermodynamics in Materials Science

For a complete list of publications, please visit Professor Rabin's web site

  • Lee, W.; Lee, S. Y.; Zhang, X.; Rabin, O.; Briber, R. M., Hexagonally Ordered Nanoparticles Templated Using a Block Copolymer Film Through Coulombic Interactions. Nanotechnology 2013, 24, 045305. Abstract
  • Rabin, O., Self-Assembly: Judging a Nanocubes by its Cover. Nature Nanotechnology 2012, 7, 419–420. Abstract
  • Cornett, J. E.; Rabin, O., Effect of the Energy Dependence of the Carrier Scattering Time on the Thermoelectric Power Factor of Quantum Wells and Nanowires. Applied Physics Letters 2012, 100, (24), 242106 (4 pages). Abstract This article was selected for the June 25, 2012 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology.
  • Rabin, O.; Lee, S. Y., SERS Substrates by the Assembly of Silver Nanocubes – High Throughput and Enhancement Reliability Considerations. Journal of Nanotechnology 2012, vol. 2012, Article ID 870378. Open Access Article Online | PDF
  • Lee, S. Y.; Rabin, O., A Unique Solid-Solid Transformation of Silver Nanoparticles on Reactive Ion-Etching-Processed Silicon. Nanotechnology 2012, 23, 065301. Abstract
  • Cornett, J. E.; Rabin, O., Universal Scaling Relations for the Thermoelectric Power Factor of Semiconducting Nanostructures. Physical Review B 2011, 84, 205410. Abstract
  • Lee, W.; Lee, S. Y.; Briber, R. M.; Rabin, O., Self-Assembled SERS Substrates with Tunable Surface Plasmon Resonances. Advanced Functional Materials 2011, 21, (18), 3424-3429. Abstract
  • Cornett, J. E.; Rabin, O., Thermoelectric Figure of Merit Calculations for Semiconducting Nanowires.Applied Physics Letters 2011, 98, (18), 182104. Abstract This article was selected for the May 16, 2011 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology.
  • Tkachuk, S.; Lang, G.; Krafft, C.; Mayergoyz, I. D.; Rabin, O., Plasmon Resonance Enhancement of Faraday Rotation in Thin Garnet Films. Journal of Applied Physics 2011, 109, (7), 07B717. Abstract
  • Lee, S. Y.; Hung, L.; Lang, G. S.; Cornett, J. E.; Mayergoyz, I. D.; Rabin, O., Dispersion in the SERS Enhancement with Silver Nanocube Dimers. ACS Nano 2010, 4, (10), 5763-5772. Abstract
  • Mayergoyz, I. D.; Lang, G.; Hung, L.; Tkachuk, S.; Krafft, C.; Rabin, O., Plasmon resonance enhancement of magneto-optic effects in garnets. Journal of Applied Physics 2010, 107, (9), 09A925. Abstract

Oded Rabin Receives 2022/23 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award

Prof. Rabin will commence his research activities in Dresden later this fall.

MSE/FPE Research Team Receives DOE Grant to Develop Heat-Flux Sensors

Sensors will be utilized in extreme environments.  

Metallic Nanoarcs are Ready to Shine

MSE research group creates a blueprint for predicting the infrared spectra of plasmonic nanoarcs.

MSE Grad Student Wins 1st Place in Poster Competition at Optics & Photonics Conference

Kunyi Zhang, advised by Prof Oded Rabin, was recognized for her work on the fabrication of metal nanostructure arrays.

MSE Research Team Wins Seed Grant Funding for Novel Sensor Technology

Drs. Oded Rabin, Robert Briber and Xin Zhang will utilize funding to develop fiber-optic sensor.

Experts available for comment on upcoming Nobels

Lithium-ion batteries and nanowires are candidates for chemistry and physics prizes; UMD scientists can explain importance

Materials Science Alumna Wins University’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

Jane Cornett (Ph.D. ’13) recognized for work in thermoelectrics.

Over Half of Tenured MSE Professors Are UMD "Research Leaders"

Division of Research honors faculty for funded research.

Agilent Gift Funds Exploration of Enhanced Sensor Technology

Novel, patterned-gold SERS substrates could lead to new products.

What's Materials Science? High School Students Spend the Day with MSE to Find Out!

Precollege students get hands-on experience at LEAD Academy.  

Rabin Promoted

Nanomaterials specialist elevated to rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

2013 Dean's Student Research Awards Announced

Graduate students recognized for high quality engineering research.

MSE Announces Graduate Research Awards

Cornett, Varongchayakul will advance to compete at Clark School-level.

Cornett, Karki Selected for Sustainable Energy Workshop in Ethiopia

Grad students to attend Joint U.S.-Africa Materials Initiative Materials Research School.

MSE Faculty Are UMD "Research Leaders"

Half of department's full-time faculty honored by Division of Research.

Rabin Writes Nature Nanotechnology News and Views Column

Professor tapped for expertise on plasmonic nanostructures.

Lee, Rabin Research on Cover of Nanotechnology

Paper describes unique transformation of silver nanoparticles.

Foundation Supports Gore's Efforts to Improve Fuel Cells

MSE graduate student named ARCS Hesse Endowment Fellow.

Rabin Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award for Spectroscopy Research

Nanoparticles and light twist left and right to identify molecular structures.

Smaller Is Not Always Better: A New Model for Thermoelectric Materials

Cornett, Rabin publish new nanowire research in Applied Physics Letters.

Rabin, Rubloff, Takeuchi, and Wachsman Present at Sustainability Workshop

Presentations covered fuel cells, storage, reclaimed waste heat, thermoelastic cooling.

Cornett Named ARCS Scholar

Foundation recognizes graduate student for work with thermoelectric materials.

Cornett wins MRS Student Presentation Award

Grad student recognized for work on improved model of thermoelectric materials.

Nanocube Pairs Are Key to Improved Sensors

Rabin, Mayergoyz discover method to build more sensitive environmental, medical, security sensors.

NIST Awards NanoCenter $15 Million to Support Postdoc Nanotechnology Research

Program will create up to 100 one and two-year appointments.

Cornett takes 1st Place at ResearchFest 2010

Grad student takes top prize for work on nanowires.

NanoCenter Improves Energy Storage Options

Maryland NanoCenter researchers create new device to store electrical energy.

Materials and Interface Nanotechnology Laboratory Opens

Research will include work on nanoparticles, nanowires.

6 Professors Named 2008 Research Leaders

Briber, Phaneuf, Rabin, Rubloff, Takeuchi and Wuttig honored at luncheon.

Rabin Joins Faculty

Professor to hold joint appointment with IREAP.