MS&E seminars

Seminar Schedule

The department will be participating in the North American Materials Colloquium Series. The colloquium schedule can be found here.


Spring 2021

All Spring 2021 seminar presentations will take place virtually.

Jan. 28 Dr. Hilmar Koerner, Air Force Research Laboratory – Title/Topic: Disruptive Technologies for High Performance Polymer Matrix Composites
Host: Padma Gopalan (MS&E)

Feb.11 Prof. Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  – Title/Topic: Reshaping Light using Metasurfaces: from Fisheye to Reconfigurable Optics
Host: Mikhail Kats (ECE)

Feb. 18 Prof. Xiaodong Xu, UW Washington Seattle- Title/Topic: 2D quantum materials and physics
Host: Song Jin (Chemistry)

Feb. 25 Dr. Brett Helms, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Title/Topic: Electrifying Flight with Next-Generation Energy Storage Devices
Host: Dawei Feng (MS&E)

March 4 Prof. Maria Tamargo, The City College of New York – Title/Topic: TBD
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

March 11 Prof. Xiaofeng Qian, Texas A & M – Title/Topic: Exploring Nonlinear Light-Matter Interaction and Electronic Structure in 2D Quantum Materials
Host: Dan Rhodes (MS&E)

March 18 Dr. Jessica McChesney, Argonne National Lab- Title/Topic: TBD
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

March 25 Dr. Peter Fischer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Title/Topic: X-ray based imaging of nanoscale and mesoscale magnetism
Host: Jiamian Hu (MS&E)

April 1 Professor John Mauro, Penn State University – Title/Topic: Relaxation is Everywhere
Host: Paul Voyles (MS&E)

April 8 Dr. Fikile Brushett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Title/Topic: Going Beyond Better Batteries: Targets, Prototypes, and Protocols for advancing Redox Flow Batteries
Host: Dawei Feng (MS&E)

April 15 Dr. Ruth Schlitz, SageGlass – Title/Topic: TBD
Host: Mike Arnold (MS&E)

April 22 Dr. Jinwoong Cha, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science – Title/Topic: Mutimode Nanoelectromechanics: From Synthetic Condensed Matters to Superconducting Nanoelectromechanics
Host: Ramathasan Thevamaran (EP)

April 29 TBD

Seminar Archive

All Fall 2020 seminar presentations will take place virtually.

Sept. 3 Dr. Joshua Katz, DuPont – Title/Topic: Materials Design to Address Challenges of Industrial and Pharmaceutical Formulations Through Interface Modulation
Host: Padma Gopalan (MS&E)

Sept.10 Dr. Todd Steyer, Boeing – Title/Topic: Ceramic Matrix Composites for Aerospace Application
Host: John Perepezko (MS&E)

Sept. 17 Prof. Gerald Frankel, Ohio State University – Title/Topic: A New Paradigm for Designing Corrosion Resistant Materials
Host: Ahmad Saatchi (MS&E)

Sept. 24 Prof. Liang Qi, University of Michigan – Title/Topic: Atomistic Simulations (including first-principles calculations) of deformation in metallic systems
Host: Izabela Szlufarska (MS&E)

Oct. 1 Prof. Rehan Kapadia, University of Southern California – Title/Topic: Nonequilibrium-electron-driven surface reactivity and photoemission from graphene
Host: John Booske (ECE)

Oct. 8 Prof. Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Title/Topic: 2D Materials: A platform for imaging single atoms, molecules, bending, and strain with scanning transmission electron microscopy
Host: Dan Rhodes (MS&E)

Oct. 15 Prof. Jianjun Cheng, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign – Title/Topic: Addressing Drug Delivery Challenges through Controlled Materials Design
Host: Sarah Gong (BME)
Oct. 22 Prof. Kumar Sridharan, UW-Madison, MS&E/Engineering Physics – Title/Topic: TBD

Oct. 29 Dr. Lauren Garten, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory – Title/Topic: The Stabilization of Metastable P63cm ScFeO3
Host: Paul Evans (MS&E)

Nov. 5 Dr. Dan Miracle, Air Force Research Laboratory – Title/Topic: High Entropy Materials: New Opportunities and Challenges
Host: Dan Thoma (MS&E)

Nov. 12 Dr. Mingyuan Ge, Brookhaven National Laboratory – Title/Topic: Introduction to X-ray Imaging
Host: Lianyi Chen (ME)

Nov. 19 Prof. Parag Deotare, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Title/Topic: Exciton transport in transition metal dichalcogenides
Host: Jen Choy (EP)

Dec. 3 Prof. Joseph Irudayaraj, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Title/Topic: Tools to probe single cells and monitor hostmicrobe interaction
Host: Sundaram Gunasekaran (Biological Systems Engineering)

In light of recommendations made by the campus to minimize the spread of the COVID 19 virus, and to protect the health of everyone who may be at risk, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering postponed any seminar presentations taking place after March 11th, 2020.

Thank you for understanding.

The below seminar presentations occurred prior to March 11th:

Jan. 23 Dr. Leona E. Dresselhaus-Cooper, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Title/Topic: Visualizing the in-situ Dynamics of Mesoscale Defects in Bulk Materials
Host: Paul Evans (MS&E)

Jan. 30 Prof. Sheng Xu, University of California, San Diego – Title/Topic: Adding a new sensing dimension to soft electronics: from the skin to below the skin
Host: Xudong Wang (MS&E)

Jan. 13 Dr. Jim De Yoreo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Title/Topic: They Call It “Free Energy” So, Hey, Why Pay?
Host: Paul Evans (MS&E)

Feb. 20 Dr. Andreas Thissen, SPECS Surface Nano Analysis – Title/Topic: Chemical reactions, corrosion and electrochemistry at
solid-liquid interfaces-routine operando studies with Near Ambient Pressure XPS
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

Feb. 27 Prof. Jen Choy, UW-Madison, Department of Engineering Physics – Title/Topic: Quantum sensing in atomic and solid-state systems

Sept. 5    Dr. John Mitchell, Argonne National Laboratory – Title: What’s Cooking?
Host: Paul Evans (MS&E)

Sept. 12  Prof. Shoulong Yang, University of Chicago- Title: Equilibrium and non-equilibrium probes of cooperative interactions in quantum materials
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

Sept. 19  Prof. Chinedum Osuji, University of Pennsylvania – Title: Single crystals and bespoke textures in self-assembled soft materials  
Host: Padma Gopalan (MS&E) and Ramathasan Thevamaran (EP)

Sept. 26  Prof. Jin Suntivich, Cornell – Title: A Material-Centric Approach to the Designer Catalyst Challenge 
Host: Dane Morgan and Mike Arnold  (MS&E)

Oct. 3  Prof. Kei May Lau, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – Title: Growth of III-V Photonic and Electron devices on Si by OMVPE 
Host: Luke Mawst (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Oct. 10  Prof. Tae-il Kim, Sungkyunkwan University – Title: Injectable & Bio-Inspired Electronics 
Host: Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Oct. 17  Prof. Jan Schroers, Yale University –Title: Nanomolding of Metals Far and Close to Equilibrium 
Host: John Perepezko (MS&E)

Oct. 24  Prof. Richard James, University of Minnesota- Title: Supercompatibility and the direct conversion of heat to electricity 
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

Oct. 31 Prof. Jonathan Claussen, Iowa State University – Title: Scalable Fabrication of Flexible Graphene Circuits for In-Field Electrochemical Biosensing and Biotechnology Applications 
Host: Sundaram Gunasekaran

Nov. 7   Prof. Nathan Mara, University of Minnesota – Title: Heating and Beating at the Nanoscale: The role of defects and interfaces on deformation and fracture
Host: Curt Bronkhorst (EP)

Nov. 14  Prof. Chris Kloxin, University of Delaware- Title: Bundlemers: A peptide-based Macromonomer Approach to Hierarchical Materials Construction 
Host: AJ Boydston (Chemistry)

Nov. 21 Dr. Daniel Knorr, U.S Army Research Lab Title: High Velocity Impact Performance of Polymers and Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites 
Host: Sue Babcock (MS&E)

Jan. 24     Dr. Kumar Sridharan, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: Materials Research and Development for the Harsh Environments of Nuclear Energy Systems
Host: Dane Morgan (MS&E)

Jan. 24     Dr. Weinan Xu, Johns Hopkins University – Title: Bringing the third dimension to 2D materials for the fabrication of ultrathin hybrid 3D systems
Host: Paul Voyles (MS&E)

Jan. 29     Dr. Osama Bilal, California Institute of Technology – Title: Programmable metamaterials: From redirecting stress waves on the fly to computing with vibrations and beyond…
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

Jan. 31     Dr. Ashley Bucsek, University of Minnesota – Title: Establishing the relationship between local micromechanics and material performance using 3D X-ray diffraction
Host: Jiamian Hu (MS&E)

Feb. 12    Dr. Eric Lass, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – Title: Processing-Structure-Property Relationships in Additively Manufactured Metals: Building Reliable & Reproducible Microstructures
Host: Chang-Beom Eom (MS&E)

Feb. 14    Dr. Daniel Rhodes, Columbia University – Title: Disorder and Superconductivity in 2D TMD Heterostructures
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

Feb. 19     Dr. Jinghua Li, Northwestern University and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Title: Advanced Thin-Film Materials and Electronics for Chronically Stable Neural Sensors
Host: Mike Arnold (MS&E)

Feb. 21     Dr. Shiteng Zhao, University of California-Berkeley – Title: Extreme Mechanical Metallurgy: Ultrafast Deformation of Materials Subjected to Laser-induced Shock Loading
Host: Izabela Szlufarska (MS&E)

Feb. 26     Dr. Marat Latypov, University of California-Santa Barbara – Title: From physics-based models to materials research in the cloud
Host: Paul Wilson (EP)

Feb. 26     Dr. Mohammad Vantankhah-Varnosfaderani, Singular Genomics Company – Title: Architecturally encoding living tissue mechanical properties in solvent-free materials
Host: Dane Morgan (MS&E)

Feb. 28     Dr. Cheng Gong, University of California-Berkeley – Title: 2D Magnets: Discovery, Challenges, and Opportunities
Host: Paul Evans (MS&E)

Mar. 5      Dr. Hangbo Zhao, Northwestern University – Title: Advanced Manufacturing of Unconventional 3D Micro- and Meso-Structures: From Strain-Engineered Growth to Mechanically Guided Assembly
Host: Don Stone (MS&E)

Mar. 7      Dr. Xining Zang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Title: TBD
Host: Sue Babcock (MS&E)

Sept. 6    Prof. Greeshma Gadikota, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: Towards Sustainable Gas Transport, Recovery and Storage: Tuning and Understanding Gas Interactions at Solid-Water Interfaces using Molecular- and Meso-Scale Studies for Pore-to-Field and Process Scale Applications in Energy and Environment
Host: Padma Gopalan (MS&E)

Sept. 13  Dr. Blanka Magyari-Köpe, Stanford University – Title: Ab Initio Simulations of Advanced Non-Volatile Memory Devices
Host: J. Leon Shohet (ECE)

Sept. 18 Edward Noble Kramer Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture, special meeting
Prof. Naomi Halas, Rice University – Title: From Faraday to Tomorrow: The Growing Importance and Impact of Metallic Nanoparticles
Host: John Perepezko (MS&E)

Sept. 20  Prof. Stéphane Kéna-Cohen, Polytechique Montreal – Title: Room-temperature quantum fluids of light
Host: Mike Arnold (MS&E)

Sept. 27  Prof. Nasim Alem, Penn State University – Title: Probing nanostructured materials atom by atom: An ultra-high resolution aberration-corrected electron microscopy study
Host: Paul Voyles (MS&E)

Oct. 4      Prof. Matthew Sheldon, Texas A&M University – Title: Nanomaterials and Light: New Opportunities in Energy Research
Host: Victor Brar (Physics)

Oct. 11    Dr. Lauren Garten, Sandia National Labratory – Title: Growing the Impossible: Routes to Stabilize Metastable Phases
Host: Paul Evans (MS&E)

Oct. 18     Prof. Jonathan Fan, Stanford University – Title: Data-driven metamaterial design for extreme waveform control
Host: Mikhail Kats (ECE)

Oct. 25     Prof. Mariana Bertoni, Arizona State University – Title: Designing Next Generation Solar Absorbers via Correlative X-ray Microscopy
Host: Paul Evans (MSE)

Nov. 1      Prof. Mingwei Chen, Johns Hopkins University – Title: Structure-Property Relation of Metallic Glasses
Host: John Perepezko (MSE)

Nov. 8      Prof. AJ Boydston, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: Integrated Design, Additive Manufacturing, and Mechanoresponsive Materials
Host: Padma Gopalan (MSE)

Nov. 15    Prof. Zhen Gu, UCLA – Title: Leverage Physiology for Bioresponsive Drug Delivery
Host: Weibo Cai (Radiology)

Nov. 22    No seminar due to Thanksgiving   

Nov. 29    No seminar due to MRS Conference meeting

Dec. 6      Prof. Brian Gorman, Colorado School of Mines – Title: Sub-nm Quantification of Defect Chemistry using Atom Probe Tomography
Host: Paul Voyles (MSE)

Jan. 25  Dr. Dawei Feng, Stanford University – Title: “The next generation of MOFs: Designed for stability and utility”
Host: Dane Morgan (MS&E)

Feb. 1   Dr. Rachel Letteri, Texas A&M University – Title: “Functional biomimetic polymers: From sticky droplets to stereochemistry-directed assembly”
Host: Padma Gopalan (MS&E)

Feb. 8    No seminar due to Prospective Graduate Student Visit

Feb. 15  Dr. Babak Anasori, Drexel University – Title: “2D Transition Metal Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes)”
Host: Chang-Beom Eom (MS&E)

Feb. 20 (special meeting) Dr. Matthew Montemore, Harvard University – Title: “Understanding and Designing Transition metal Catalysts”

Feb. 22  Dr. Michael Ross, University of California-Berkeley – Title: “Designing Functional Materials with Electronically Excited Nanostructured Metals”
Host: Xudong Wang (MS&E)

Mar. 1    Dr. Qingkun Liu, University of Colorado-Boulder – Title: “Liquid Crystalline Self-Assembled Smart Materials
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

Mar. 8    Dr. Sebastian Pattinson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Title: “Engineering Additive Manufacturing Materials across Length Scales for Future Wearable and Implantable Devices
Host: Chang-Beom Eom (MS&E)

Mar. 15  No seminar due to TMS meeting, March 11-15

Mar. 22  Prof. Ramathasan Thevamaran, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: “Hierarchical and Gradient Microstructures for Controlling Mechanical Properties

Mar. 29  No seminar due to Spring Break

Apr. 5     No seminar due to MRS meeting, April 2-6

Apr. 12   Prof. Zuzanna Siwy, University of CA-Irvine – Title: “Designing components of ionic circuits: ionic diodes, rectifiers and transistors”
Host: Izabela Szlufarska (MS&E)

Apr. 19   Prof. Cherie Kagan, University of Pennsylvania – Title: “Designer Colloidal Nanocrystal Materials for Electronic and Optical Applications”
Host: Mike Arnold (MS&E); co-sponsored by WISELI and the MRSEC.

Apr. 26   Prof. Victor Brar, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: “Active Control of Mid-IR Absorption and Emission Using Plasmonic Modes in Graphene Metasurfaces

May 3     Prof. Raluca Scarlat, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: “Chemical Interactions among Molten Salt, Graphite and Tritium in the Fluoride-Salt Cooled High Temperature Nuclear Reactors (FHR)”

Sept. 7    Prof. Reid Van Lehn, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: “Fluctuations and Solvent Interactions at Soft Interfaces: Insights from Molecular Simulations” 

Sept. 14  Prof. Peter Voorhees, Northwestern University – Title: “Dislocations, Trijunctions and Grain Boundary Motion” 

Sept. 21  Prof. Brent Sumerlin, University of Florida, Dept. of Chemistry – Title: “Structurally dynamic assemblies of stimuli-responsive polymers”

Sept. 28  Prof. Randall Goldsmith, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Title: “Materials for Optical Microresonators and Optical Microresonators for Studying Materials”

Oct. 5      Prof. Arka Majumdar, Univeristy of Washington – Title: “Cavity integrated layered material devices”

Oct. 12    Dr. Nathan Guisinger, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory – Title: “Atomic-scale exploration of synthetic low dimensional materials” – Sponsored by the James Russel Myers Seminar Series

Oct. 19    Dr. Meimei Li, Argonne National Laboratory – Title: “In situ Studies of Nuclear Reactor Materials by TEM and Synchrotron X-rays”

Oct. 26    Prof. David Cahill, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Title: “Ultrafast Heat Transfer in Nanoscale Materials”

Nov. 2     No Seminar

Nov. 9    Prof. Minjoo Larry Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Title: “Strain engineering of III-V and group-IV semiconductors”

Nov. 16   Prof. Michael Nastasi, University of Nebraska – Title: “Irradiation Tolerant Amorphous Silicon Oxycarbide and Crystalline Fe Nanocomposites”

Nov. 23   Thanksgiving Day – No seminar

Nov. 30   MRS conference – No seminar

Dec. 7     Prof. Phillip Messersmith, University of California-Berkeley – Title: “Polyphenolic Materials Inspired by Mussels, Tea, Wine, and Chocolate: From Biomolecular Phenomena to Applications”

Jan 19   Dr. David Poerschke, UCSB – “Mitigating Environmental Degradation of Ceramic Composites: Integrated Frameworks to Accelerate Materials Design”

Jan 26   Dr. Masoud Mahjouri-Samani, Oak Ridge National Laboratory – “Non-Equilibrium, Laser-Based Synthesis and Diagnostics of 2D Materials and Heterostructures”

Feb 2    Dr. Shi Liu, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science – “Multiscale Simulations of Functional Materials: from ferroelectric switching fundamentals to next-generation solar cells”

Feb 9  Dr. Xiaoliang Wei, Pacific Northwet National Laboratory, Richland, WA – “Rational Materials Development for Advanced Redox Flow Batteries”

Feb 13  Dr. Wenhao Sun, Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory – “Navigating stability and metastability in the design and synthesis of novel materials”

Feb 23  Dr. Bolin Liao, CALTECH – Understanding Transport and Interaction of Microscopic Energy Carriers at the Single-Mode Level: Computation and Experiment”

Mar 9  Dr. Lance Wheeler, NREL, US Dept of Energy, Golden, CO – Enabling Next-Generation Photovoltaics with Quantum Dot Surface Chemistry and Switchable Perovskites”

Mar 16  Prof. Yifei Mo, Univ. of Maryland – “Computational design of materials and interfaces in Solid-State Batteries”

Mar 30  Prof. Harold Hwang, Univ. of Pennsylvania – “Complex Oxide Heterostructures”

Apr 13   Dr. Boyd Mueller, Vice President of Technology, Alcoa Power and Propulsion, Recipient of the 2016 UW College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, Nov. 11, 2016. – “Thermal Barrier Coating Developments for Gas Turbine Engines”

Apr 27  Prof. Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania – “Materials Approaches to Biology”

Sept. 8     Prof. Beth Guiton, University of KY – “Investigating Nanostructure Synthesis Using In Situ TEM”

Sept. 15   Prof. Roman Engel-Herbert, Penn State – “Transition metal oxide films: Why even bother?”

Sept. 22   Dr. Brian Stephenson, Argonne Nat’l Lab – “In Situ Coherent X-ray Scattering Studies of Atomic Mechanisms of Crystal Growth” – Sponsored by the James Russel Myers Seminar Series

Sept. 29   Prof. Lian Li, West VA University – Epitaxial growth of vander Waals heterostructures

Oct. 6       Prof. John Parise, Stoney Brook Univ – “Theory coupled to in situ experiments for materials discovery”

Oct. 13     Prof. Nicole Zacharia, Univ of Akron (polymers, soft materials)

Oct. 20     Dr. Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Argonne Nat’l Lab – “In Silico Design of Nanoscale Hybrid Materials and Interfaces for Energy Applications”

Oct. 27     Dr. Virginia Wheeler, Naval Research Lab – “Atomic Layer Deposition of Thin VO2 Films to Enable Smart, Functional Coatings”

Nov. 3      Dr. Marcus Cicerone, Nat’l Inst. of Standards and Tech. (NIST) – “Predicting stability of freeze-dried proteins using materials dynamics”

Nov. 10    Prof. Eric Wachsman, Univ of MD (advances in ion-conductors: fundamentals and new technologies)
                  Sponsored by the James Russel Myers Seminar Series

Nov. 17    Prof. Susan Sinnott, Penn State – “Expanding the Toolbox: Design and Discovery using Material Modeling Methods”

Dec. 8      Prof. Jason Kawasaki, UW Madison, MS&E – TBA

Jan. 21 – Adrien Couet, UW Madison (Environmental Degradation of Nuclear Materials)

Jan. 28 – Sergio Madrigal-Carballo, Nat’l. Univ., Costa Rica (Added-value deriatives from tropical biowastes: A bionanotechnology approach)

Feb. 4 – Igal Brener, Sandia Nat’l. Labs (Active Dielectric and Metallic Metasurfaces: Strong Coupling, Tuning and Nonlinearities)

Feb. 11- Luis Zepeda-Ruiz, Lawrence Livermore Berkely Lab (Computational Materials Science – Applications at a National Laboratory)

Feb 18 – Matthew Tirrell, Univ. of Chicago (Protein Analogous Micelles: Versatile, Modular Nanoparticles)

March 3 – George T. Gray III, Los Alamos Nat’l. Lab (The influence of processing – microstructure relations on the deformation response of materials)

March 10 – Alfredo Alex Katz, MIT (Nano-Bio Interactions at the Cell membrane Interface)

March 17 – Christian Dwyer, Arizona State Univ. (Using the Transmission Electron Microscope to Explore Nanomaterials – the Current State of the Art)

April 7 – Gerd Ceder, Kramer Lecturer, UC Berkely (The Materials Genome and the Transformation of Materials Science and Engineering)

April 14 – Heather Evans, Nat’l. Inst. of Standards & Technology (Adventures in Science Policy: Putting Your Science to Work in Washington)

April 21 – Ajayan Pulickel, Inaugural Sigma Aldrich Lecturer, Rice Univ. (Materials Science With Two-dimensional Atomic Layers)

April 28 – David Mitzi, Duke Univ. (Perovskite Semiconductors: Opportunities and Challenges for Photovoltaic Materials Design)

May 6 – Vladimir V. Tsukruk, Georgia Institute of Technology, (Designing Strong Flexible Laminated Bionanocomposites)