MSE Colloquium Series – Spring 2013

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.

Spring 2013

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

January 23, Vivian Ferry, University of California, Berkeley

By Cheryl R Stewart

MSE Seminar: 2:30 PM, 15 St. Mary's Street, Room 105 Designing Absorption with Nanophotonics: from Photovoltaics to Plasmon Rulers Abstract: Subwavelength nanostructures enable the manipulation and molding of light in nanoscale dimensions. By controlling and designing the complex dielectric function and nanoscale geometry we can tune macroscale properties such as reflection, transmission, More

January 25, Orlin D. Velev, North Carolina State University

By Cheryl R Stewart

3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 2:45 PM Functional Soft Matter: From Programmed Colloidal Assembly to Hydrogel Electronics Abstract: We will present strategies for the fabrication of novel electrically functional structures from particles or gels operating in water environment. In the first part of the talk we... More

February 1, Michael Strano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By Cheryl R Stewart

3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 2:45 PM New concepts in molecular and energy transport within carbon nanotubes: near infrared sensors, resonant ion channels, and thermopower waves Abstract: Our laboratory has been interested in how 1D electronic materials such as carbon nanotubes can be utilized to... More

February 4, Allison Dennis, Los Alamos National Laboratory

By Cheryl R Stewart

MSE Seminar: 2:30 PM, 15 St. Mary's Street, Room 105 Quantum Dots and their Application in Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Sensors Abstract: Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are fluorescent nanoparticles that have been utilized in biomedical imaging, biosensing, energy applications, and telecommunications. In my talk, I will discuss traditional applications of QDs... More

February 13, Yanguang Li, Stanford University

By Cheryl R Stewart

MSE Seminar: 2:30 PM, 15 St. Mary's Street, Room 105 Advanced Electrocatalysts Based on Nano-Carbon Materials for Energy Applications Abstract: Oxygen electrocatalysts are important for a range of energy applications including fuel cells, metal air batteries and water electrolysis. Precious metal electrocatalysts (e.g. Pt, IrOx and RuOx) display high catalytic activity. To... More

February 22, Ayman Abouraddy, University of Central Florida

By Cheryl R Stewart

MSE Seninar: 2:00 PM, Room 210, 8 St. Mary's Street Multi-Material Fibers: Prospects for Photonics, Energy, and Biotechnology Abstract: Incorporating multiple functional materials in a single optical fiber is paving the way to realizing new and unconventional optical and optoelectronic functionalities in the unique form factor of an optical fiber. Several breakthroughs... More

February 25, Yuebing Zheng, University of California, Los Angeles

By Cheryl R Stewart

MSE Seminar: 2:30 PM, 15 St. Mary's Street, Room 105 Designing, Measuring, and Controlling Functional Molecules and Precise Assemblies Abstract: Bottom-up assembly of functional molecules provides a promising approach towards new materials and devices working at the ultimate limit of miniaturization. Measuring and controlling the physical, chemical, and electronic interactions between... More

March 1, Julia Y. Chan, Louisiana State University

By Cheryl R Stewart

  3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 2:45 PM Discovery and Growth of Magnetic Materials with Competing Interactions Abstract: The search for materials with desired magnetic and electrical properties concomitantly relies on the discovery of new systems.  To unequivocally determine the compounds’ innate properties, large single crystals must... More

March 8, Christopher Schuh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By Cheryl R Stewart

Co-sponsored with the BU ASM International Chapter 3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 2:45 PM Harder, Cheaper, Greener: the Design and Deployment of Alloy Coatings with Stabilized Nanocrystalline Structures Abstract: When the grain size of a metal is refined to a scale on the order of just a... More

March 22, Krishna Shenai, Argonne National Laboratory

By Cheryl R Stewart

3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 2:45 Wide Bandgap (WBG) Power Semiconductor Manufacturing Challenges Abstract: For nearly five decades, silicon has remained as the industry workhorse for electrical power switching. In the past two decades, there has been a concerted effort to develop Silicon... More

March 25, Scott Bunch, University of Colorado

By Cheryl R Stewart

MSE Seminar: 2:30 PM, 110 Cummington Street, Room 245 Graphene Mechanical Wonders Abstract: Graphene, a single layer of graphite, represents the first truly two dimensional atomic crystal. It consists solely of carbon atoms covalently bonded in a hexagonal chicken wire lattice. This unique atomic structure gives it remarkable electrical, mechanical, and... More

April 5, Zhiping Yin, Rutgers University

By Cheryl R Stewart

Joint MSE Colloquium with the Center for Computational Science (CCS) 3:00 pm in Room 595, Physics Research Building, 3 Cummington Mall   Towards computational design of correlated functional materials from first-principles   Abstract: In the past decade, there has been a remarkable advance in theory, algorithms, and computational techniques for describing strongly correlated materials from... More

April 26, Marina Petrukhina, State University of New York at Albany

By Cheryl R Stewart

3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 2:45 PM Charging Buckybowls with Multiple Electrons: Self-Assembly and Metal Intercalation Patterns Abstract: Nonplanar polyaromatic hydrocarbons are unique molecules in which the convex and concave faces exhibit different chemical and physical properties. Those include a novel class of open geodesic polyarenes that... More

April 29, Loucas Tsakalakos, GE Global Research

By Cheryl R Stewart

Co-sponsored by the BU ASM International Chapter. 3:00 PM in Room 105, 15 St. Mary’s Street. Refreshments served at 2:45. Nano-Enabled Device & Photonics Research at GE Abstract: We are developing various nanostructure-enabled electronic and opto-electronic devices for various GE applications. These include nanoelectronics, nanoelectromechanical switches, sensors, and nano-photovoltaics. We have demonstrated nanotransistors with promising mobilities... More

May 3, Hossein Ghezel-Ayagh, Fuel Cell Energy

By Cheryl R Stewart

3:00 PM in Room 105, 15 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 2:45 Advances in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Power Systems Abstract: Recent progress in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) materials, performance and manufacturing has triggered the efforts in scale-up of the technology and development of SOFC systems for a gamut... More

May 15, Bart Bartlett, University of Michigan

By Cheryl R Stewart

Special Joint Seminar with the Department of Chemistry 4:00 PM in Room 203, 8 St. Mary’s Street Refreshments served at 3:45 PM Designing Chemically Robust Metal Oxides for Visible-Light Photocatalysis: toward Solar Z-Scheme Water Splitting   Abstract: Solar driven water splitting for large-scale hydrogen fuel production from semiconductor photo-electrodes has the potential to provide energy... More