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Fall 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

A New Frontier for Communicating Science: Social Media: Special NSE Seminar

Seminar | August 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Sarah Mojarad, California Institute of Technology

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Technological advances enable, today and in the future, opportunities for individual scientists to communicate in new and more effective ways. Scientists must take advantage of these technologies and communicate!

To encourage young scientists to communicate their work, I created a new course at Caltech called “Social Media for Scientists.” I will describe this course, where students from...   More >

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Professional E-mail Communication: (or: how to email your professor so you get a favorable response!)

Workshop | August 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager,

Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email someone you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Are you looking for an internship or job and want to set up an informational interview? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other...   More >

Friday, September 2, 2016

POSTPONED: Smart Interfacial Materials from Super-Wettability to Binary Cooperative Complementary Systems: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Canceled

Prof. Lei Jiang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Technical Institute Physics/Chemistry

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Learning from nature--such as lotus leaves and fish scales--we have developed a super-wettability system: superhydrophobic, superoleophobic, superhydrophilic, superoleophilic surfaces in air, and superoleophobic, superareophobic, superoleophilic, superareophilic surfaces under water

Nano-Optical and Nano-Mechanical Properties of Bismuth Chalcogenides: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Jie Yao, UC Berkeley, Materials Science & Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Bismuth calcogenides have been well-known for their thermoelectric and topological insulator properties. Our recent studies show that they also possess unique optical and mechanical properties, especially at the nanoscale.

By using chemical intercalation and ionic liquid gating methods, we have demonstrated dynamic control of the optical responses of bismuth calcogenide nanoplates.

We...   More >

Lower-dimensionality Layered Perovskites for Solar Cells and Light-Emitting Devices

Seminar | September 2 | 2-3 p.m. | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building 67- 3111 Chemla Room

Professor Subodh Gautam Mhaisalkar, Nanyang Technological University

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Lower-dimensionality Layered Perovskites for Solar Cells and Light-Emitting Devices

Friday, September 9, 2016

Imaging and Sequencing Single Cells: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Aaron Streets, UC Berkeley, Bioengineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Phenotype classification of single cells reveals biological variation that is masked in ensemble measurement. This heterogeneity is found in gene and protein expression as well as in cell morphology. Many techniques are available to probe phenotypic heterogeneity at the single cell level, for example quantitative imaging and single-cell RNA sequencing, but it is difficult to perform multiple...   More >

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stable Perovskite-Silicon Tandem Solar Cells with > 23% Efficiency and a New Direction for Smart Windows

Seminar | September 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Professor Michael McGehee, Stanford University

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Perovskite semiconductors are very attractive for the high bandgap solar cell in tandems because it is possible to have an open circuit voltage greater than 1.2 V. This strategy can be used to upgrade the performance of the silicon solar panels that currently dominate the market. We have demonstrated a monolithic perovskite on silicon tandem with a world record 23.6% power conversion efficiency...   More >

Friday, September 16, 2016

Self-Assembled Nanomaterials – Using Basic Science to Move toward Solutions to Practical Problems in Energy Storage, Energy Harvesting, and Nanomagnetics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Sarah H. Tolbert, UCLA, Chemistry/Biochemistry/MSE/CNSI

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In this talk, we examine ways that solution processed nanostructured materials can be used to address issues of relevance to energy storage, harvesting, and conservation.

We begin with work on conjugated organic materials with potential application in solar energy harvesting, and specifically explore how aqueous assembly of amphiphilic conjugated polymers and molecules can be used to create...   More >

Friday, September 23, 2016

Systematic Design in Hybrid Chalcogenides: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Dr. J. Nathan Hohman, LBNL Molecular Foundry

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Isolating 2D monolayers from layered van der Waals solids has been a fruitful approach for discovering new properties in old materials.

For example, although layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are typically indirect band gap semiconductors in the bulk, TMD monolayers possess direct band gaps and high electron mobilities, a consequence of isolating materials that already exhibit...   More >

In-situ/operando resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering characterization of chemical and catalytic reactions

Seminar | September 23 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Jinghua Guo, Ph.D., Advanced Light Source Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

College of Chemistry

The presentation focuses on the in-situ/operando soft X-ray spectroscopy for the studies of catalytic and electrochemical reactions developed at the Advanced Light Source in recent years, and how to overcome the challenge that soft X-rays cannot easily peek into the liquid electrochemical cells under vacuum conditions.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Green Initiative Fund Mini-Grants Info Session

Information Session | September 26 | 6-7 p.m. | 54 Barrows Hall

Sharon Daraphonhdeth

Student Environmental Resource Center

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) will be hosting an info session on their 2016 Fall Mini-Grants. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend the info session to learn more about TGIF and how to apply for a mini-grant.

For more information on mini-grants, please visit:

About TGIF:
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides...   More >

Thursday, September 29, 2016

School of Public Health's State of the School

Information Session | September 29 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall

Stefano Bertozzi, MD, PhD, Dean School of Public Health, Dean, School of Public Health

Public Health, School of

Dean Bertozzi invites all SPH affiliates to join him for a presentation of topics relevant to the School.

All Audiences

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ion Insertion Electrochemistry at the Molecular and Meso-scale: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. William Chueh, Stanford University, Materials Science & Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Electrochemically-active materials enable the efficient transformation of electrical energy to and from chemical energy, and are at the heart of carbon-neutral energy cycles. Understanding design rules that govern material composition, microstructure, and architecture holds the key towards rationally optimizing technologies such as batteries and fuel cells.

Unlike those described in...   More >

Friday, October 7, 2016

Experimental and Computational Investigations of Phonon Anharmonicity: The Role of Atomic Dynamics in Nanoscale Transport and Thermodynamics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Olivier Delaire, Duke Univ. / ORNL , Materials Science/ME/Physics

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

A detailed understanding of atomic dynamics is of broad interest for the design of efficient energy materials, and contributes to establishing the microscopic theory of thermal transport and thermodynamics. Lattice instabilities are deeply connected to atomic vibrations (phonons) and impact functional properties in many materials, including ferroelectrics, thermoelectrics, phase-change materials,...   More >

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Innovation for Global Good: Interview with Pierce Gordon, Energy and Resources Group

Seminar | October 11 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

Pierce Gordon, PhD Candidate, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley

KALX 90.7 FM

Join us for a new episode of The Graduates as we speak with Pierce Gordon of the Energy and Resources Group about his work on the evaluation of innovation practices for global development issues. The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM.

All Audiences

Radio broadcast, on-air only 90.7FM or

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Materials Under Extreme Environments: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Wendy L. Mao, Stanford University, Geological Sciences & SLAC

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The application of extreme environments (including variable pressure, temperature and irradiation) can induce dramatic changes in materials and give us a much broader field to discover new phases and explore novel phenomena.

Improving our understanding of the modifications that occur can also provide guidance for designing improved materials with desirable properties that can be utilized for...   More >

Grounds for Science: Seeing the Unseen

Special Event | October 14 | 7-9 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

3960 Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

Sam Kenny; Rachel Thayer


Grounds for Science grad student science Cafe this month explores how to study life at the tiniest scale. Featuring 2 short talks:
STORM-Life in Color at the Nanoscale with Sam Kenny
Changing Color by Changing Shape: The Case of the Buckeye Butterfly with Rachel Thayer

All Audiences, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Symbiotic nanostructures: Self-organizated synthesis and plasmonic properties

Seminar | October 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 277 Cory Hall

Professor Ramki Kalyanaraman, University of Tennessee in Knoxville

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Plasmonic materials and nanostructures offer exciting ways to manipulate photons for applications such as sensing, data storage, and more. From a materials perspective, silver has the highest plasmonic quality factor af all known materials, but its tendency to degrade renders Gold (a much weaker plasmonic material) the de facto choice for many applications. Here we show how to overcome this...   More >

Friday, October 21, 2016

Stimuli-Responsive Smart Soft Materials: Sponsored NSE Seminar - Sigma Aldrich

Seminar | October 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Takuzo Aida, Univ. of Tokyo, Chemistry/Biotechnology

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Machine technology frequently puts magnetic or electrostatic repulsive forces to practical use, as in maglev trains, vehicle suspensions, or non-contact bearings. In contrast, materials design overwhelmingly focuses on attractive interactions, such as in the many advanced polymer-based composites, where inorganic fillers interact with a polymer matrix to improve mechanical properties....   More >

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Self-Assembly of New Structures and Materials with DNA-Coated Colloids: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. David J. Pine, NYU, Physics and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Coating colloidal particles and clusters with DNA, we program interactions between colloids, using their shape to make crystal structures that have previously been difficult or even impossible to make.

Some of the structures have no known atomic equivalent.

Use of different materials allows the structures to be modified after being assembled, leading to new open structures with interesting...   More >

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University

Seminar | November 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Center for Computational Biology

Title: Structured factor models to find interpretable signal in genomic data

Abstract: Latent factor models have been the recent focus of much attention in `big data' applications because of their ability to quickly allow the user to explore the underlying data in a controlled and interpretable way. In genomics, latent factor models are commonly used to identify population substructure,...   More >

Thursday, November 3, 2016

EVERYTHING SLIPS: Design of Novel Omniphobic Nanocoatings

Seminar | November 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

Professor Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

EVERYTHING SLIPS: Design of Novel Omniphobic Nanocoatings

Friday, November 4, 2016

Potentials, Dynamics, and Other Properties of Electrons in Colloidal Quantum Dots: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Daniel R. Gamelin, Univ. of Washington, Chemistry

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The physical properties of inorganic crystalline materials can be dramatically transformed by controlled introduction of impurities or other defects, without which most semiconductor technologies including transistors, diodes, and solar cells would not be possible.

The large surface-to-volume ratios of colloidal semiconductor nanostructures cause the physical properties of these materials to...   More >

ESPM Special Finishing Talk: Patrick Baur: Ordering People and Nature through Food Safety Governance

Special Event | November 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

Patrick Baur, ESPM

Berkeley Food Institute

ESPM Grad Student Patrick Baur will be giving his departmental finishing talk titled Ordering People and Nature through Food Safety Governance. This event is sponsored by ESPM and BFI. It is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Our Quantum Society: Living With Entanglement

Colloquium | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Cathryn Carson, Professor, History of Science, University of California, Berkeley; George Lakoff, Professor, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley; Leonard Susskind, Professor Physics and Director of Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stanford University; Umesh Vazirani, Professor, EECS and Director, Berkeley Quantum Computation Center, University of California, Berkeley; Carl Williams, Deputy Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Irfan Siddiqi, Professor, Physics and Director, CQCS, University of California, Berkeley and Center for Quantum Coherent Science

Center for Quantum Coherent Science

Quantum mechanics continues to stretch the limits of human thought by asserting that two objects can be entangled such that a probe of one automatically yields information about the other, even if they are at opposite ends of the universe.

Already observed in the spin properties of atoms and the polarization of photons of light, generating entanglement in bulk at the...   More >

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Competing for Big Ideas: Interview with Maxwell Aaronson, MPP Candidate, UC Berkeley

Seminar | November 8 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

Maxwell Aaronson, MPP Candidate, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

KALX 90.7 FM

The Graduates speaks with Maxwell Aaronson about his work with Big Ideas, a student innovation competition that offers funding, support, and recognition for students' ideas to solve the world's most pressing social challenges. The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Innovations and Entrepreneurship in Photonics for Health Care

Lecture | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

Jes Broeng, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Science and technology is a vehicle for research-based innovation, but social interaction and skills are the necessities for success. In this talk, Prof. Jes Broeng will share his experiences on establishing successful universities spin-out, and on ways to improve the tech transfer system. The talk will take base in photonics technologies for health care and life science.

Jes Broeng is a...   More >

Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Characterizing Aptamers for Nanomaterial Targets: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Note change in date

Prof. Valeria Tohver Milam, Georgia Institute of Technology, MSE

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Oligonucleotide aptamers are single-stranded sequences that exhibit high affinity and specificity for a particular non-nucleotide target including, but not limited to, small molecules, proteins, and even whole cells. Aptamers are conventionally isolated and identified using a multi-round screening approach called "Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential Enrichment" (SELEX) in which a pool...   More >

Monday, November 21, 2016

CogNetwork: Does Language Make Us Special?: The role of language in structure-dependent cognition

Colloquium | November 21 | 1:30-3 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

Martin Monti, UCLA

Department of Linguistics

One of the most striking features of human cognition is the ability to generate an infinite
number of ideas by combining a finite set of elements according to structure-dependent
principles. This ability is most clearly displayed in language, but also characterizes other
aspects of our cognition such as inference making, mental arithmetic, music cognition, and
motor action sequences. In this...   More >

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dissertation Talk: Electro-Mechanical Devices for Ultra-Low-Power Electronics

Seminar | December 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 AB

Chuang Qian

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The proliferation of mobile electronic devices and the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) have brought energy consumption to the fore of challenges for future information processing devices. Digital logic integrated circuits (ICs) implemented with complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) transistors...   More >

Friday, December 2, 2016

Microfluidics Trapping System for Cell Engineering and Phenotype Assay: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | December 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Lidong Qin, Houston Methodist Research Institute

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Cellular and molecular assay, especially in the study of phenotype-genotype correlations at the single-cell level, are critical for the understanding of intratumor heterogeneity and identification of cancer phenotype-related genes, new cell subsets, and assist in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and therapy.

Traditional technologies for single-cell manipulation and analysis are plagued by...   More >

Robert Langer - 2016 Bioengineering Distinguished Seminar

Lecture | December 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

Robert Langer, MIT

Bioengineering (BioE)

We are pleased to welcome Professor Robert Langer of MIT as our 2016-17 Distinguished Seminar speaker.

"Biomaterials and biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering"

Advanced drug delivery systems are having an enormous impact on human health. We start by...   More >

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Master of Engineering Capstone Expo

Presentation | December 8 | 4-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership is excited to invite the public to our Master of Engineering Capstone Expo, where our masters students demo the products that they are working on, which come from industry and faculty research. See where the future of engineering is headed.


Register online.