MSE Colloquium Series


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 2011

Fridays, 3:30 PM
Refreshments will be served at 3:15
15 St. Mary’s Street, Room 105 (except as noted below)

January 28, Marek Urban, University of Southern Mississippi

From Nano-Scale Heterogeneities to Self-Repairing Polymeric Networks Flyer Abstract: Continuous needs for engineering of new materials and devices, with distinct properties and functions that will revolutionize future technologies, require developments of unique and controllable shapes at nano- or smaller length scales. These materials and devices, if designed properly, will exhibit adaptive, self-regulating... More

February 11, Amy Prieto, Colorado State University

Co-sponsored by BU Chemistry Department. Inexpensive, Efficient Approaches for Energy Production and Storage: Photovoltaic Devices and Li-Ion Batteries Flyer Abstract: We are interested in developing new synthetic methods for nanoscale materials.  I will tell two stories.  First, I’ll show the synthesis and characterization of Cu2ZnSnS4 nanocrystal inks for photovoltaic applications, and second I’ll describe... More

March 4, Ken Sandhage, Georgia Tech

Materials “Alchemy”: Shape-Preserving Chemical Conversion of 3-D Biogenic and Synthetic Structures into Catalytic, Sensor, Electronic, and Optical Materials Flyer Abstract: Biological and synthetic self-assembly processes can yield macro-to-microscale structures with complex morphologies and finely-patterned (nanoscale) features. For example, intricate three-dimensional (3-D) silica or chitinous structures with patterned nanoscale features are formed by... More

March 25, Mark Bradley, Colorado State University

A Joint Event Sponsored by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Biophysics/Condensed Matter Seminar Series Spontaneous Nanoscale Pattern Formation Induced by Ion Bombardment of Solid Surfaces Abstract: Bombarding a solid surface with a broad ion beam can produce a remarkable variety of self-assembled nanoscale patterns.  The... More

April 1, Art Gossard, University of California Santa Barbara

8 St. Mary's St., Room 211, Friday 3:30, Refreshments served at 3:15 Development of Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Bandgap Engineering Flyer Abstract: I will present a long-range view of the development of molecular beam epitaxy and its applications to bandgap engineering.  Following a review of the historical context and discoveries and the... More

April 8, Lori Goldner, University of Massachusetts

A Joint Event sponsored by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering 8 St. Mary's St., Room 211, Friday 3:30, Refreshments served at 3:15 Biomolecules in Nanodroplets Abstract: In the 1990’s it became possible to optically detect and observe over time the structural and enzymatic behavior of individual biomolecules... More

April 11, Rina Tannenbaum, Georgia Institute of Technology

15 St. Mary’s St., Room 105, Monday 4:00, Refreshments served at 3:45 Polymer-Matrix Nanocomposites Derived from Renewable Resources Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss the design and formation of novel, advanced cellulose-based biocompatible nanocomposites, in line with the strategic vision of developing sustainable materials platforms for higher-value fiber products, composites, More

April 15, Jonathan Klamkin, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

8 St. Mary's St., Room 211, Friday 3:30, Refreshments served at 3:15 Photonic Integrated Circuits and Devices Abstract: Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) offer a means to greatly reduce the size, weight, power and cost, and increase performance and reliability of photonic systems. This talk will describe several examples of... More

April 22, Childers Richard, Konarka Technologies

A Joint Event Sponsored by the ASM and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. 8 St. Mary’s St., Room 211, Friday, April 22nd, 2:00 The presentation will include a review of photovoltaic technologies and a detailed discussion of Konarka Technologies and its organic photovoltaic (OPV) material. Comparisons of technologies, including cost, More

April 29, Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Cornell University

A Joint Event Sponsored by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (CEESI) 8 St. Mary's St., Room 211, Friday 3:30, Refreshments served at 3:15 Organic Inorganic Hybrids for Energy and Sustainability Abstract: In recent years, “storm clouds” have been forming at the... More

May 27, Russell D. Dupuis, Georgia Institute of Technology

A joint event sponsored by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Advances in the MOCVD Growth of III-V Optical and Electronic Devices Dr. Russell D. Dupuis Center for Compound Semiconductors School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology Friday, May 27, 2011 2 p.m. Boston University... More