Guest Speakers

Spring 2014 Semester

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will be held at 11:45 a.m. in room 320 Shillman Hall

April 17, 2014
(Host: Rebecca Carrier)
Dr. Jeetain Mittal
Lehigh University
April 9, 2014
(Host: Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy)
Weijie Lu
Air Force Research Laboratory
Oxygen Catalytic Growths and Multi-functionalities of CNTs and Graphene
April 3, 2014
(Host: Rebecca Carrier)
Dr. Mark Byrne
Auburn University
April 2, 2014
(Host: Thomas Webster)
Dr. Daniel K. Schwartz
University of Colorado Boulder
Single Molecule Tracking at Wet Interfaces
March 31, 2014
333 CSC
(Host: Thomas Webster)
Dr. Abigail Koppes
Manipulating the Neurological Microenvironment for Regenerative Medicine Applications
March 28, 2014
(Host: Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy)
Dr. John Zhanhu Guo
Lamar University
Magnetoresistive Nanocomposites for Electrochemical Energy Storage
March 26, 2014
(Host: Thomas Webster)
Dr. Amit Bandyopadhyay
Washington State University
Hard Materials and Manufacturing Processes Towards Repair and Reconstruction of Bone Disorders
March 20, 2014
315 Shillman
(Host: Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy)
Dr. Gerassimos Orkoulas
Modeling, Simulation & Control of Batch Protein Crystallization Processes
March 19, 2014
(Host: Laura Lewis)
Dr. Michael J Aziz
Harvard University
Organic-Based Aqueous Flow Batteries for Massive Electrical Energy Storage
March 18, 2014 (90SL)
(Host: Thomas Webster)
Dr. Boris Yakobson
Rice University
From Material Substance to Shape to Property
March 12, 2014
(Host: Thomas Webster)
Dr. Nasim Annabi
Harvard University
Merging Microscale Technologies & Advanced Biomaterials for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
March 11, 2014
12-1pm in 108WVH
(Host: Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy)
Dr. Gang Wu
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Graphene Nanocomposite Catalysts for Sustainable Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion
February 28, 2014
(Host:  Shashi Murthy)
Dr. Steven M. Cramer
Renssealer Polytechnic Institute
Understanding and Enhancing Selectivity in Multimodal Chromatography
February 27, 2014
300 Richards
(Host: Thomas Webster)
Dr. Yaakov Nahmias
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
Development of Predictive Tools for Liver Toxicology: Micro-well Bioreactors and Pluripotent Stem Cells
February 21, 2014
(Host: Thomas Webster)
Dr. Alireza Abbaspourrad
Harvard University
Life is Better with Drops!
February 20, 2014 Alek Aksimentiev
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Reinventing a DNA Sequence Reader
February 19, 2014
(Host: TBA)
Dr. Narendra Maheshri
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Using Dynamical Measurements and Kinetic Models to Yield Biological Insights in Gene Regulation
February 5, 2014
(Host: Prof. Adam Ekenseair)
Dr. Thomas M. Truskett
The University of Texas at Austin
Assembling Nanoclusters in Water for Therapy or Imaging
February 3, 2014
415 Shillman Hall
(Host: Prof. Hicham Fenniri)
Dr. Takeshi Yamazaki
University of Alberta and National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), Canada
Multiscale Modeling of Nanomaterials in Solution
January 31, 2014
(Host: Prof. Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy)
Dr. André D. Taylor
Yale University
Synthesis and Assembly of High Performance Nanomaterials to Create Next-Generation Energy Conversion Devices
January 27, 2014
10:30 am 50 Dodge Hall
(Co-hosted by MIE, ChE, and Physics)
Professor J.J. Hoyt
MCMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Particle Growth, Melting and Nucleation at the Nanoscale


Fall 2013 Semester

December 4, 2013
(Host: Prof. Adam Ekenseair)
Dr. Srinivas Sridhar
Northeastern University
Nanoplatforms for Precision Medicine
November 25, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas J. Webster)
Dr. Arthur J. Coury
Member of the National Academy of Engineering
A Career in Medical Products During the Era of Biomaterials
November 13, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas J. Webster)
Joint Sponsorship with ECE
Dr. Elias Manolakos
Harvard University
Computational Methods to Decipher the Dynamic Processes of Cells and Living Organisms
November 8, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas J. Webster)
Dr. Richard Gilbert
Northeastern University
Mapping Myoarchitecture and Mechanics with Magnetic Resonance Imaging
November 6, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Dr. Jeffrey S. Garanich
Director, The Sapphire Group LLC, New York
Managing Innovation in a Challenging Global Economic Environment
November 1, 2013
(Host: Prof. Adam Ekenseair)
Dr. Michael Rosenblatt
Executive VP & Chief Medical Officer, Merck
How Academia and the Pharmaceutical Industry Can Work Together
October 30, 2013
(Host: Prof. Adam Fenniri)
Dr. Ming Su
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Nano Medicine That Change Phases
October 16, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas J. Webster)
Dr. Mark Burns
University of Michigan
Microfluidic Devices for Chemical and Particle Analysis
October 11, 2013
(Host: Prof. Edgar Goluch)
Dr. David Walt
Tufts University
Single Molecule Arrays: From Fundamental Enzymology to High Sensitivity Analysis
October 9, 2013
(Host: Prof. Carolyn Lee-Parsons)
Joint Sponsorship with NU
Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department
Dr. Wayne Curtis
The Pennsylvania State University
Chemical PLANTS and Production Platforms: Propagation to Protein Expression
October 4, 2013
(Host: Prof. Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy)
Dr. David Kazmer
University of Massachusetts Lowell
System Identification and Modeling of Capillary Melt Rheological Data
September 11, 2013
(Host: Prof. Hicham Fenniri)
Dr. John P. Nolan
La Jolla Bioengineering Institute
High Speed Single Cell Analysis


Spring 2013 Semester

April 17, 2013
(Host: Prof. Anand Asthagiri)
Prof. Shekhar Garde
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Water, Proteins, and Interfaces: A New Molecular Perspective
April 12, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Prof. Christopher Bettinger
Carnegie Mellon University
Reconfigurable Polymers and Interfaces as Next-Generation Biomaterials
April 10, 2013
(Host: Prof. Shashi Murthy)
Prof. Konstantinos Konstantopoulos
Johns Hopkins University
Cell Migration in Confined Spaces
April 3, 2013
(Host: Prof. Shashi Murthy)
Prof. Susan Daniel
Cornell University
Biomimetic Surfaces for Probing Virus-cell Interactions and Viral Entry Kinetics
March 27, 2013
(Host: Prof. Edgar Goluch)
Prof. David Dandy
Colorado State University
Engineering μFNs to do Quantitative Biology
February 27, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Dr. Li Xi
Dynamics of Polymer Solids and Fluids: Tales at Different Scales
February 20, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Dr. Wyatt Tenhaeff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Solid State Electrolytes and Lignin-based Carbon Fibers for Safe and Inexpensive Lithium Batteries
February 13, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Dr. Kelly Schultz
University of Colorado at Boulder
Microrheological Characterization for Biological Applications and Soft Material Design
February 6, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Dr. Anita Shukla
Rice University
Designer Surfaces: From Treating Traumatic Injury to Applications in Regenerative Medicine
January 30, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Dr. Adam Ekenseair Synthetic Polymers as Injectable Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering
January 25, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Dr. Ben Cosgrove
Stanford University
A More Youthful Self-renewal: Bioengineering Solutions to Rejuvenate Dysfunctional Muscle Stem Cells in Aging
January 23, 2013
(Host: Prof. Richard West)
Prof. Linda Broadbelt
Northwestern University
Designing Reaction Pathways to Novel Chemicals and Materials Using Kinetic Modeling
January 11, 2013
(Host: Prof. Thomas Webster)
Prof. Esmaiel Jabbari
University of South Carolina
Engineered Matrix to Study the Effect of Microenvironment on Maintenance of Cancer Stem Cells and Drug Response


Fall 2012 Semester

December 7, 2012
HOST: Prof. Shashi Murthy
Dr. Cullen R. Buie Electrophoretic Deposition of Nanoporous Surface Coatings with Extreme Wettability
November 28, 2012
HOST: Prof. Sunho Choi
Dr. Michael Tsapatsis Zeolite Nanosheets for Thin Film Applications and Hierarchical Zeolite Catalysts
November 07, 2012
HOST: Dr. Thomas Webster
Dr. Evan Scott An Immunoengineering Approach to Vaccination: Tuning the Immune Response with Redox-Sensitive Nanoparticles
October 17, 2012
HOST: Dr. Thomas Webster
Dr. Hicham Fenniri Supramolecular Engineering of Nanoscale Materials for Nanomedicine
October 10, 2012
HOST: Prof. Shashi Murthy
Dr. Lucas Landherr The Friction and Adhesion of Polymeric Systems: The Characterization of Thin Brush Lubricants and Superhydrophobic Surface Interactions
October 3, 2012
HOST: Prof. Shashi Murthy
Dr. SJ Claire Hur Inertial Microfluidics: Label-free Cell Manipulation for Biomedical Research
September 26, 2012
HOST: Dr. Thomas Webster
Dr. Eno Ebong Hemodynamics, Glycocalyx, and Endothelial Cell Function in Health and Atherosclerosis


Spring 2012 Semester

April 25, 2012 Dr. Steven A. Vitale Advanced Microelectronics Technology Development at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
March 2, 2012 Dr. Vlado K. Lazarov
United Kingdom
Characterising the Nanoworld: TEM
February 22, 2012 Dr. Marco Dressler
ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Production of bi-component fibers with advanced mechanical properties


Fall 2011 Semester

November 17, 2011 Professor LaShanda Korley Hierarchical Polymer Hybrids
November 2, 2011 Professor Henrikas Cesiulis A Spectrum of Electrochemical Studies in the Department of Physical Chemistry at Vilnius University
September 26, 2011 Professor Arul Jayaraman Inter-kingdom signaling in the GI tract: There’s a lot of talking going on….
September 19, 2011 Professor LaShanda Korley Mechanically-Tunable Materials Inspired from Nature


Summer 2011 Semester

August 1, 2011 Dr. Yaakov Nahmias Microliver Technologies: Design and Application of Metabolic Programming
June 3, 2011 Dr. Christopher Marrows Current Driven Domain Wall Motion
June 1, 2011 Dr. Richard West Multiscale, Multiphysics Modeling of a Complex Chemical Engineering System


Spring 2011 Semester

April 27, 2011 Dr. Bilal M. El-Zahab Nanotechnology and The Challenges of The New Decade: Energy, Health, and The Environment
April 20, 2011 Dr. Sunho Choi Engineering Nanostructured Materials for Clean Energy
April 19, 2011 Professor Christian M. Wetzel Solid-State Lighting – Energy Efficient Lighting with Group-III Nitride Semiconductors
April 11, 2011 Dr. Hao Cheng Regenerative Medicine: From Synthetic Polymeric Scaffolds to Engineered Stem Cells
April 6, 2011 Dr. Mark J. Uline Lipid Layers: From Fundamentals to Biosensor Applications
March 30, 2011 Professor Rodney S. Ruoff Graphene-based Materials, Energy, and Sustainability
March 17, 2011 Professor Gregory N. Parsons Thin Film Atomic Layer Deposition: Surface Reactions and Applications in Solar Energy Conversion
February 22, 2011 Professor Rina Tannenbaum Hierarchical Nanostructures and Their Potential Bio-Applications