BU Materials Day 2017

in MSE Spotlight Faculty, MSE Spotlight Research

On September 29, 2017, Professor Xin Zhang (ME, MSE) hosted BU Materials Day 2017 in PHO 906. The workshop featured speakers from all over the country and was attended by over 150 people from BU and local colleges and businesses.


Integrating Metamaterials with Quantum Materials:

A Design Paradigm for 21st Century Science & Technology

The interaction of light and matter is ubiquitous and penetrates every facet of our existence, from the simple joy of watching a sunset to fast-paced developments in energy harvesting and information technology. As such, the control of light-matter interactions is a core topic in materials science with the emergence of the metamaterials paradigm at the dawn of the twenty-first century providing a guiding principle to aid in the realization and advancement of numerous optical and photonic technologies. Central to this paradigm is creating electromagnetic composites consisting of subwavelength “meta-atoms” with properties dictated by judicious design. Simultaneous with the development of metamaterials are advances in the realization and characterization of quantum materials where novel electronic and photonic properties derive from micro-to-mesoscale interactions and phenomena. At the crossroads where metamaterials meet quantum materials enhanced interactions can arise, enabling novel devices and systems. In this workshop, leading researchers in metamaterials and quantum materials will present their recent progress towards taming light-matter interactions and provide perspectives on the future development of advanced photonic materials.



8:15 a.m. Registration
Continental Breakfast, East End Lounge
8:45 a.m. Welcome
David J. Bishop, Head, Division of Materials Science & Engineering
Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research
9:00 a.m. Dmitri Basov, Columbia University
9:40 a.m. Seth Bank, University of Texas, Austin
10:20 a.m. Coffee Break, East End Lounge
10:30 a.m. Hou-Tong Chen, Los Alamos National Laboratory
11:10 a.m. Richard Averitt, University of California, San Diego
11:50 a.m. Lunch Buffet, East End Lounge
Lunch Speaker
12:20 p.m. David Smith, Duke University
1:10 p.m. Xin Zhang, Boston University
1:50 p.m. Xiaoyu Zheng, Virginia Tech
2:30 p.m. Coffee Break, East End Lounge
2:40 p.m. Daniel Mittleman, Brown University
3:20 p.m. Willie Padilla, Duke University
4:00 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception, 9th Floor Lobby

BU Materials Day 2017 Workshop Organizer Xin Zhang
gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

Division of Materials Science and Engineering
David J. Bishop, Division Head

BU Photonics Center
Thomas Bifano, Director

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Alice White, Chair

BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center
Mark Grinstaff, Director