MS&E seminars

Seminar Schedule

Below is the schedule for Spring 2020. Seminars take place on Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m., (unless otherwise noted) with refreshments at 3:45 p.m., in 265 Materials Science and Engineering Building.

If you are interested in meeting with one of the visiting speakers, please contact the speaker’s host, or Cassandra Bocchieri (

Spring 2020

Jan. 23    Dr. Leora Dresselhaus-Cooper, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory- Title: 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: Adding a new sensing dimension to soft electronics: from the skin to below the skin
Host: Xudong Wang (MS&E)

Feb. 6  Prof. Lianyi Chen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Mechanical Engineering- Title: TBD
MS&E Affiliate Seminar

Feb. 13  Dr. James De Yoreo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory- Title: TBD
Host: Paul Evans (MS&E)

Feb. 20  Dr. Andreas Thissen, SPECS Surface Nano Analysis, Berlin – Title: TBD
Host: Jason Kawasaki (MS&E)

Feb. 27  Prof. Jen Choy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Physics- Title: TBD
MS&E Affiliate Seminar

March 5  Prof. Jianjun Cheng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Title: Addressing Drug Delivery Challenges through Controlled Materials Design
Host: Sarah Gong (Biomedical Engineering)

March 12  Dr. Ruth Schlitz, SageGlass, Minnesota- Title: Adventuring in Manufacturing: A Career in Dynamics Glazing 
Host: Mike Arnold (MS&E)

March 19 No Seminar-Spring Break 

March 26  Prof. Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Title: Reshaping Light using Metasurfaces: from Fisheye to Reconfigurable Optics
Host: Mikhail Kats (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

April 2  Dr. Hilmar Koerner, Airforce Research Lab- Title: TBD
Host: Padma Gopalan (MS&E)

April 9  Dr. Todd Steyer, Boeing- Title: TBD
Host: John Perepezko (MS&E)

April 17 Prof. Neil Mathur, University of Cambridge-Title: TBD
**This special seminar will take place on a Friday, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Room 265, MSE.**

April 23  Dr. Daniel Miracle, Airforce Research Lab- Title: High Entropy Materials: New Opportunities and Challenges
Host: Dan Thoma (MS&E)

April 28  Kramer Lecture: Frank Bates, University of Minnesota Title: TBD
Host: John Perepezko (MS&E)
**This special seminar will take place on a Tuesday. Further information will be shared as it becomes available.**

April 30  Prof. Richard Martel, University of Montreal- Title: TBD
Host: Mike Arnold (MS&E)


Seminar Archive

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)