Lecture Series

Spring 2024 Seminars


Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 10 a.m.

Dr. Stephen Craig
Department of Chemistry
Duke University – Durham, North Carolina

“What Single Molecule Reactivity Can Tell Us About Polymer Material Behavior (and how to change it)”


Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | 10 a.m.

Dr. Madisen Holbrook
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Columbia University – New York, New York

“Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Characterization of Atomic Defects in Two Dimensional Semiconductors”


Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 10 a.m.

Dr. Matthew J. Harrington
Department of Chemistry
McGill University – Montreal, Quebec

“Biological Fabrication of Hierarchically Structured Materials from Protein Condensates”


Previous Seminars


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Jinhye Bae
University of California, San Diego – San Diego, CA

“Programmable Shape Morphing and Responsiveness of Composite Hydrogels and Elastomers”

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Jonathan Gaudet
NIST Center for Neutron Research – Gaithersburg, MD

“Revealing the Magnetism of Materials with Neutron Scattering”

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Emil Hernandez-Pagan
University of Delaware

“Coupling a Molecular Understanding to the Solution Synthesis of Nanomaterials”

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Kyle Lampe
University of Virginia

“Polymer and Peptide Design for Micro-to-Nanoarchitectural Assembly of Hydrogels for Neural Tissue Engineering”


Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Dr. Chelsea Davis
School of Materials Engineering
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana

“Illuminating Interfacial Materials: Micromechanical Characterization of Polymer Interfaces”

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Dr. Matthew Golder
Department of Chemistry
University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

“Masquerading Soft Materials: Anomalous Behavior in Macromolecular Design”

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Xingje Ni
Electrical Engineering and Materials Research
Penn State University – State College, PA

“Towards Large-Scale and Integrated Functional Metasurfaces”

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Dr. Jeffrey Elam
Applied Materials Division
Argonne National Laboratory – Lemont, Illinois

“ALD Surface Chemistry on Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes”

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Dr. Michael Schultz
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Virginia

“Exploring the Connections Between Chelating Polymer Structure and Rare-Earth Element Binding Thermodynamics”

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Vinod Menon
Department of Physics
The City College of New York – CUNY – New York, New York

“Half-Light Half-Matter Quasiparticles: From Condensation to Quantum Nonlinearity”


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Dr. Xin Zhang
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Boston University – Boston, Massachusetts

“Functional Metamaterials and Metadevices”

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Dr. Nitash Balsara
University of California – Berkeley, California

“Barriers to Current Flow in Nanostructured Polymer Electrolytes and the Pesko Condition”

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Dr. Martin Thuo
North Carolina State University – Raleigh, North Carolina

“Nanointerfaces-Driven Frugal Engineering”

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Co-sponsored by Charm
Dr. Qi Lu
Delaware State University – Dover, Delaware


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Dr. Yongmin Liu
Northeastern University, Boston University

“Interfacing Photonics with Artificial Intelligence: A New Design Strategy for Photonic Metamaterials Based on Deep Learning”

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Dr. Kun Fu
University of Delaware – Newark, Delaware

“Composite Materials and Manufacturing Innovations”

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Dr. Lilo Pozzo
University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

“Opportunities in Experimental AI-Driven High-Throughput Materials Research”

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Co-sponsored by Charm
Dr. Aristides Marcano
Delaware State University – Dover, Delaware

“Photothermal Spectroscopy – Basics and Applications”


Wednesday, February 16, 2022Huolin Xin

Dr. Huolin Xin
University of California, Irvine

“Reducing Carbon Footprint by Single-Atom Catalysts—A Biomimetic Approach to Achieve High Selectivity and High Efficiency for Small-Molecule Activation”

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Professor Andrei Faraon
California Institute of Technology

“Metaphotonics with 2D and 3D Engineered Optical Materials”

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Dr. James Edgar
Kansas State University

“Hexagonal Boron Nitride Crystals for Advanced Electronic, Optoelectronic, and Nanophotonics”

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Dr. Mahesh Mahanthappa
University of Minnesota

“Lurking in Plain Sight: Low Symmetry Packings of Ionic Spherical Micelles”

Wednesday, May 5, 2022

Dr. Helen Zha
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“From Proteins to Polymers and Back Again: Synthesis and Application of Silk-Inspired Materials”

Fall 2021 SEMINARS

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Dr. Ho Nyung Lee
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“Quantum Phenomena in Correlated Oxide Heterostructures”

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Dr. Fei Ding
University of Southern Denmark

“Manipulating Circularly Polarized Optical Radiation with Functional Metasurfaces”

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Dr. Rosa Maria Espinosa-Marzal
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Soft Matter Interfaces and Confinement”


Wednesday, December 8

Dr. Meisha L. Shofner
Georgia Institute of Technology

“Using Processing Strategies to Engineer Structure and Mechanical Performance in Polymers, Nanocomposites, and Fiber Networks”


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Dr. Susan Gentry
University of California
Davis, California

“Supporting Student Learning of Computational Materials Science: A Book with Many Chapters”

Wednesday, March 10, 2021Dr. Yohannes Abate

Dr. Yohannes Abate
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

“Probing Local Interactions at the Nanoscale”

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dr. Róisín M. Owens
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England

“Harnessing the Power of Electronics for Biology”

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Dr. Julianne Holloway
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

“Designing Biomaterials with Spatiotemporal Control for Tissue Engineering Applications”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey

“New Possibilities for Understanding Complex Metal Hydrides via Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) Studies”


Wednesday, November 18, 2020Al Crosby

Dr. Alfred Crosby
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts

“Polymer Gels for Autonomous Motion and Mesoscale Assembly”

Wednesday, October 28, 2020Joan M. Redwing

Dr. Joan Redwing
Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania

“Epitaxy in 2D: The path to Wafer-Scale Single Crystal Monolayers and Heterostructures”

October 21, 2020

Dr. Susanne Siebentritt
University of Luxembourg
Belval Campus, Luxembourg

“How Do We Know If a Semiconductor Film Makes a Good Solar Cell?”

October 7, 2020Ismaila Dabo

Dr. Ismaila Dabo
Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania

“First-Principles Optimization and Discovery of Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage”


Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – CANCELLED

Jinsang Kim
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

“Seminar Title: Designing Conjugated Polymers and Organic Emitters for Smart Chemical and Bio Sensors”

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tony Low, PhD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Seminar Title: 2D Materials Plasmons: Physics and Applications”

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Karen I. Winey
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

“Seminar Title: Self-Assembly of Segmented Polyolefin-Based Single Ion Conductors: New Morphologies and Ion Conductivity”


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Dr. John Q. Xiao
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

“The Development of Spintronics: How Application-Driven Research Advances Science”

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Dr. Ebrahim Najafi
The Chemours Company
Wilmington, Delaware

“Space-Time Imaging of Charge Carriers at the Semiconductor Surfaces and Interfaces”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Dr. Cecilia Leal
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois

“Complexity in the Chemistry and Physics of Lipid Membranes as a Handle to Activate the Delivery of Cargo to Cells”

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dr. Jason Valentine
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vanderbilt University

“Flat Optics: From Dynamic Control to Optical Computing”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Dr. Melissa Grunlan
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Texas A & M University

“Orthopedic Biomaterials Enabled by Network Architecture”


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dr. Michael Yakes
Naval Research Lab
Washington, DC

Website: https://www.nrl.navy.mil/

“Understanding Diffusion and Phase Separation in InGaAs Lattice Matched to InP”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dr. Paul J. Simmonds
Physics – Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering
Boise State University

Website: https://coen.boisestate.edu/faculty-staff/paulsimmonds/

Joint Seminar with Physics

“Tensile-Strained Self-Assembly of Quantum Dots for Entangled Photon Sources and Band Structure Engineering”

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dr. Tingyi Gu
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Delaware

Website: http://www.ece.udel.edu/research/by-faculty.Tingyi%20Gu.html

“Integrated photonics of advanced materials”

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dr. Zubin Jacob
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Purdue University

Website: http://www.zjresearchgroup.org/

“Photon Spin Quantization in New Topological Phases of Matter”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dr. Kyle Lampe
Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia

Website: https://engineering.virginia.edu/faculty/kyle-j-lampe

Joint Seminar with Biomedical Engineering

“Biomaterial Design for 3D Hydrogel Microenvironments and Neural Tissue Engineering”

Wednesday, November 14. 2018

Dr. Edo Waks
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Maryland

Website: https://ece.umd.edu/faculty/waks

“Quantum Nanophotonics: Controlling Spin With Light on a Semiconductor Chip”

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dr. Chekesha M. Liddell Watson
Materials Science & Engineering
Cornell University

Website: http://www.mse.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=cml66


February 7, 2018

Dr. Russell Composto
Materials Science and Engineering
University of Pennsylvania

Website: https://polymer.seas.upenn.edu/

“Using Nanoparticle Diffusion to Reveal the Nanostructure in Polymer Hydrogels”

March 14, 2018

Dr. Derek Patton
Polymer Science & Engineering
University of Southern Mississippi

Website: https://www.usm.edu/polymer/faculty/derek-l-patton

“Degradable, Pro-Active Polymer Networks via Thiol-Mediated Photopolymerization”

April 18, 2018

Dr. Peter J, Schuck
Mechanical Engineering
Columbia University

Website: http://engineering.columbia.edu/web/faculty/content/peter-j-schuck

“From Band Gaps to Bound Excitons: Disentangling Optical Transitions and Localized Emitters in Tmdcs Even at Nanoscale Dimensions”

May 9, 2018

Dr. Susan Sinnott
Materials Science & Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University

Website: http://www.matse.psu.edu/directory/faculty/susan-sinnott

“Material Design and Discovery”


October 11, 2017

Dr. Jane Chang
William F. Seyer Chair in Materials Electrochemistry
University of California, Los Angeles

Website: http://www.seas.ucla.edu/Chang/

November 1, 2017

Dr. Glen Solomon
Joint Quantum Institute
National Institute of Standards & Technology & University of Maryland

Website: http://jqi.umd.edu/people/glenn-solomon

“Measuring Photon Non-Classicality Using Quantum-Dot Light Sources”

October 25, 2017

Dr. Jamie Phillips
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Michigan

Website: http://web.eecs.umich.edu/faculty/phillips/

“Photovoltaics for Self-Powered mm-Scale Systems and Recent Advances for IR Imaging Technologies”

November 8, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Mass
President, Scientific Analysis of Fine Art, LLC
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Cultural Heritage Science, Bard Graduate Center

Website: http://scienceforfineart.com/index.php/about-us/

“Capturing Artists’ Intent in Works of the Impressionists through the Expressionists:  Pigment Manufacture and Alteration”

November 15, 2017

Dr. Erik Luijten
Chair of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University

Website: http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/research-faculty/directory/profiles/luijten-erik.html

“Dynamics of Passive and Active Colloids”

December 1, 2017

Dr. Andreas Offenhauser
Institute of Complex Systems, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Website: http://www.fz-juelich.de/ics/ics-8/EN/Home/_node.html


February 8, 2017

Luis Campos
Chemistry, Colombia University

“Polyelectrolytes from Cyclopropenium Ions”

February 15, 2017

Maria Tamargo
City College of NY, Chemistry

“Heterovalent and Heterocrystalline Epitaxy for Device Applications and New Physical Phenomena”

February 22, 2017

Ioannis (John) Kymissis
Columbia University SEAS, Electrical Engineering

“Electronics On Anything: How Thin Film Electronics can Instrument the World”

March 2, 2017

Stephanie Tomasulo
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

“Molecular Beam Epitaxy of Wide-Bandgap Solar Cells for Future Multi-Junction Schemes”

March 8, 2017

Stuart Rowan
University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering

“Using Dynamic Chemistry to Access Stimuli-Responsive Materials”

March 22, 2017

Timothy Scott
University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering

April 12, 2017

Joshua Caldwell
Naval Research Lab

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