February 23, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

They Call It "Free Energy," So, Hey, Why Pay?

Professor Jim De Yoreo, Pacific Northwest National Labs, Chief Scientist, University of Washington, Affiliate Professor

Nucleation is the seminal process in the formation of ordered structures ranging from simple inorganic crystals to macromolecular matrices.  Observations over the past fifteen years have revealed a rich set more »

March 30, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

Visualizing and Shaping the Nanoworld: From the Quantitative Interrogation of Site- and Species-Specific Interactions of Atoms to the Millimeter-Scale Engineering of Structures with Angstrom Precision

Professor Udo Schwarz, Yale University, Departments of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Chemical & Environmental Engineering

The interactions a material exhibits with the environment are largely determined by the properties of the material’s surfaces. In the first part of this talk, we describe recent efforts to more »

April 6, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

Unusual Functionalities in Martensitically Transforming Materials

Professor Ibrahim Karaman, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University

Reversible martensite phase transformation, which readily occurs in shape memory alloys (SMAs), enables easily-controlled switching between significantly differing crystal structures due to the small energy differences between the transforming phases.  more »

April 13, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

MSE Distinguished Alumni Lecture


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February 16, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

Spherulitic Growth of Coral Skeletons and Synthetic Aragonite: Nature’s 3D-printing

Pupa Gilbert

, University of Wisconsin

Crystallization done by living organisms, termed biomineralization, involves biological control over crystal nucleation, growth, and crystal orientation patterns in the final biomineral. Marine biomineralization mechanisms are only beginning to be more »

February 9, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

Characterizing Electronic Defects in Semiconductors & Application to Photovoltaic Devices

Professor Angus Rockett

, Colorado School of Mines Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

This talk reviews selected measurements we have made to characterize and understand electrically-active defects in polycrystalline thin film semiconductors.  The talk will focus primarily focusing on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and related more »

February 2, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

Hierarchical Self-Assembly to Form Nanodevice Architectures

, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Irvine

While availability of nanoscale fabrication tools has uncovered a rich area of physical phenomena with applications including sensing, energy, and imaging - scalable nanomanufacturing techniques allowing for technological impact still remain elusive. Self-assembly of more »

January 26, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

From Nonlinear Block Copolymers to Nanocrystals with Unprecedented Control over Dimensions, Compositions, and Architectures for Energy Applications

Professor Zhiqun Lin

, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

  Nanocrystals exhibit a wide range of unique properties (e.g., electrical, optical, optoelectronic, catalytic, etc.) that depend sensitively on their size and shape, and are of both fundamental and practical interest. more »

January 19, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1670 Beyster

Computational Design of Topological Materials

Professor Feng Liu

, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Utah

Topological Materials (TMs) represent a new class of materials having unconventional electronic and transport properties controlled by band topology, with potential applications in future generations of quantum and spintronic devices. more »

January 12, 2018

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

NCRC Bldg. 10, Room G064

PhD Dissertation Defense: Effect of Ternary Additives on the Evolution of Structure Formation in Aqueous PEO-PPO-PEO Micelles

Andre Thompson

, MSE PhD candidate

The rationale for understanding how ternary additives perturb the micelle formation energetics and where within the micelle ternary additives are more »