MSE Colloquium Series

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The MSE Colloquium Series features distinguished speakers as well as Division faculty and graduate students addressing topics in the relevant areas of the program: Biomaterials, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Materials for Energy and Environment, and Nanomaterials.

Fall 2011

The MSE Colloquium Series is held on Fridays at 3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street, unless otherwise noted below.

September 16, Peter Fischer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

in Fall 2011.

A joint event sponsored by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics Magnetic Soft X-Ray Microscopy: A path towards imaging magnetism down to fundamental length and time scales Flyer Abstract: One of the scientific and technological challenges in nanomagnetism research is to image magnetism down to... More

October 7, Zlatko Sitar, North Carolina State University

in Fall 2011.

  AlN-Based Technology for Deep UV and High-Performance Electronic Applications For the first time in history of III-nitrides, the availability of low defect density (<103 cm-2) native AlN substrates offers an opportunity for growth of AlGaN alloys and device layers that exhibit million-fold lower defect densities than the technologies using sapphire, More

Postponed until Spring 2012: Douglas Osheroff, Stanford University

in Fall 2011.

Postponed until Spring 2012 (Date: TBA) A joint event sponsored by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics Superfluidity in 3He: The Story Behind the Discovery Abstract: The discovery of superfluidity in 3He had its origins at Los Alamos National Laboratory where, in 1948, Ed Hammel, ... More

October 14, Rina Tannenbaum, Boston University

in Fall 2011.

A joint event sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Time: 11:00 AM Location: Room 245, 110 Cummington Street Refreshments served at 10:45 AM Nanoengineering: Tailoring materials properties by interfacial design Abstract: The interface between polymers and metals or metal oxides is important in a wide variety... More

October 21, Héctor D. Abruña, Cornell University

in Fall 2011.

Time: 3:00-4:00, 8 St. Mary's Street, Room 901 Materials Discovery and In-situ Characterization for Fuel Cells Abstract: This presentation will deal with discovery and characterization of materials for energy applications with emphasis on fuel cells. Emphasis will be placed on ordered intermetallics as anodes and core-shell nano-particles as cathodes. The use of... More

October 28, John Ballato, Clemson University

in Fall 2011.

A joint event sponsored by the BU Division of Materials Science and Engineering and the BU Photonics Center. 4:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary's Street Semiconductor Optical Fiber Abstract: This seminar will review progress in the nascent field of semiconductor core optical fibers. Such fibers, principally based on silicon... More

November 1, Laura Greene, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign

in Fall 2011.

Tuesday, November 1,  3:30 PM to 4:30 PM in SCI 109, Metcalf Science Building, 590 Commonwealth Ave. Refreshments will be served at 3:15 in the 1st floor lounge. A Joint Event Sponsored by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics. Superconducting Materials Abstract: At this centenary of the... More

November 18, Zhifeng Ren, Boston College

in Fall 2011.

A joint event sponsored by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Clean Energy and Sustainability Initiative (CEESI). 4:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary's Street Why are nano materials useful for enhancing energy conversion? Abstract: Energy demand is more and more, but the natural sources for providing... More

December 2, Teri Odom, Northwestern University

in Fall 2011.

4:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary's Street Accessing the Dark Side of Plasmons through SANE Lithography Abstract: Metal nanostructures can concentrate optical fields into highly confined, nanoscale volumes, which is important for plasmonic nanolasers, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and white-light generation. However, the short lifetimes of the measured or... More