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Spring 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Confined, Cold and Frustrated: Three Faces of Water

Seminar | January 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor David Chandler, Deparment of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Beyond Academia Seminar: How one can help shape the future as a biologist or chemist

Seminar | January 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Dr. Peter Hirth, Founder, Plexxikon

College of Chemistry


Dr. Hirth is a biotechnology leader who has played a key role in the development of several key drugs including the important B-raf inhibitor ZelborafTM approved for treating melanoma patients.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Electronic Materials Reaching Out To Mechanical, Optical And Thermal Functionalities: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Prof. Junqiao Wu, UC Berkeley, Materials Science and Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Electronic materials are materials in which mobile electrons play an active role in defining their relevant properties. However, their functionalities and applications are not necessarily limited to the electronic sector.

In this talk I will discuss our recent efforts in extending our understanding and engineering of electronic materials to fields dominated by mechanical, optical or thermal...   More >

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Intellectual Property Basics: (everything you wanted to know about IP but didn't know you needed to ask)

Information Session | January 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall


Leah Esturas-Pierson and Eric Giegerich, Industry Alliances Office

Kathleen McCowin, Office of Technology Licensing

Office of Undergraduate Research


As an undergraduate, you may have considered how intellectual property might fit into your future. Join the Industry Alliances Office, Office of Technology Licensing and the Office of Undergraduate Research, in a conversation about IP basics, things to consider for your future career, and hear stories about students who have gone on to patent technology.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip: Merging Photonics and Microfluidics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Dr. Andreu Llobera, Ph.D., Senior researcher, Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona, Spain

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


A premise of the lab-on-a-chip paradigm is the integration of several processing stages of a chemical or biochemical analytical procedure together with microfluidics and detection methods. This entails reliability, sensitivity and specificity of the analytical systems. Although electrochemical and mechanical approaches are common, optical detection remains predominant, mainly due to its...   More >



Undergraduate Research in Engineering, Chemistry, and Physical Science

Information Session | January 31 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center


Wendy Muse Sinek, PhD, Program Coordintor, Haas Scholars Program

Eric Jabart, PhD, STEM disciplines advisor, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Office of Undergraduate Research


Wendy Muse Sinek, Haas Scholars Program Coordinator, and Eric Jabart, SURF Program STEM coordinator, will describe their programs and other research opportunities on campus for students in Engineering, Chemistry, and Physical Science. Undergraduate Researchers in those disciplines will also discuss their experiences and offer advice. Please RSVP at callisto.berkeley.edu (registered UCB students...   More >



Strategies for the Photo-Uncaging of Bioactive Small Molecules

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Peter C. Ford, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UC Santa Barbara

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Monday, February 3, 2014

DNA Signaling

Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor Jacqueline K. Barton, Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Caltech

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Accelerated Reactions in Small Droplets: Preparative Mass Spectrometry

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


Professor R. Graham Cooks, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Thursday, February 6, 2014

MSE Seminar: Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames: Nanomaterials for Sensors, Electronics and Energy Storage Applications

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Exploration of nano materials for various applications has overwhelmingly focused on carbon nanotubes and more recently, graphene. Recently, a variety of one-dimensional inorganic nanowires have also been explored for a competitive avenue while being amenable to grow by CVD. Most of these nanowire materials have been used previously in the same applications as two dimensional thin films, but now...   More >



Special EECS Seminar: Ultrafast Optoelectronics - From High Power Ultrafast Diode Lasers for Laser Machining to Novel High Resolution Laser Radar

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)


Peter Delfyett, Trustee Chair Professor of Optics, ECE and Physics, University of Central Florida

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


This presentation will cover the development and use of ultrafast technology in areas related to industrial research, specifically in the realization of compact lasers for non-thermal ablation.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Using Microfluidics and Nanotechnology in Search of Biophysical Clues for Cancer Progression: Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Masoud Agah, Virginia Tech, ECE / Biomedical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


In this talk, we will review the research endeavors in BioMEMS/NEMS thrust at Virginia Tech MEMS Laboratory (VT MEMS).

The first part will go over the fabrication of 3D MEMS cavities and their application in passive cell trapping. We demonstrate the differences in normal and cancer cell attachment on these unique microdevices possessing curved sidewalls under different chemical conditions....   More >



Annual Chinese New Year's Banquet: Center for Chinese Studies

Social Event | February 7 | 6-9 p.m. |  Mandarin Garden


2025 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


(RSVP LIST CLOSED - 02/03/2014) Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual Lunar 2014 Chinese New Year's Banquet. Welcome the Year of the Horse with great food, raffle prizes, and good conversation. Contact Angel Ryono for more information.


All Audiences

All Audiences

(RSVP LIST CLOSED - 02/03/2014) We have 90 seats total and will reserve your place on a first come, first served basis. Complimentary wine and beer will be served at this event. Please contact Angel Ryono for more details or answers to your questions.

$15 Cash or Check - Students, Staff, Community Youth (13-18 yrs.), $27 Cash or Check - Faculty and Community Adults, $5 Cash or Check - Children 12 and younger

Please make checks out to "UC Regents". The registration might close before February 7, 2014 if RSVP reaches maximum seats available. Registration opens January 9. Register by February 7 by calling Angel Ryono at 510-643-6322, or by emailing Angel Ryono at ccs-vs@berkeley.edu.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Navigating the Cellular Landscape with New Optical Probes, Imaging Strategies and Technical Innovations

Seminar | February 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch, National Institutes of Health

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Getting to Know UC Berkeley Grants and Contracts

Information Session | February 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances


New UC Berkeley faculty members have much to do and little time to do it in the first months and years on the University campus. The Vice Chancellor for Research is therefore sponsoring an information session (in speed dating format) designed to give busy faculty members a chance to quickly learn about the services provided by the various UC Berkeley offices that assist faculty with grants and...   More >



How to Write a Research/Grant Proposal

Workshop | February 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors


This workshop will cover the basics of writing a research proposal. To get the most out of the workshop, come with an idea for a research project in mind.


Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

Thursday, February 13, 2014

MSE Seminar: Jeff Snyder, California Institute of Technology: Complex Thermoelectric Materials

Colloquium | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Jeff Snyder, California Institute of Technology

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


The widespread use of thermoelectric generators has been limited by the low material efficiency of the thermoelectric material. A number of strategies for Complex Thermoelectric Materials with higher Thermoelectric figure of merit, zT, are being actively studied at Caltech. Complex electronic band structures provide mechanisms to achieve high zT in thermoelectric materials through band structure...   More >

Friday, February 14, 2014

Neural Dust: An Ultrasonic, Low Power Solution for Chronic Brain-Machine Interfaces: Nano Seminar Series

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


*DJ Seo* is substituting, UCB, EECS / Maharbiz Lab

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


A major hurdle in brain-machine interfaces (BMI) is the lack of an implantable neural interface system that remains viable for a lifetime.

I will discuss Neural Dust, a concept developed with Elad Alon, Jose Carmena and Jan Rabaey (http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.2196), which explores the fundamental system design trade-offs and ultimate size, power, and bandwidth scaling limits of neural recording...   More >

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Microelectronics and Microprocessors: The Early Years: A retrospective by the co-inventor of the microprocessor

Colloquium | February 19 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall


Federico Faggin

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


This lecture will illustrate the environment existing in the early years of the microelectronics revolution, and describe the seminal inventions that produced in less than 10 years the first integrated circuit and the first microprocessor, as experienced by its co-inventor Federico Faggin.



EECS Colloquium: Engineering Intelligent Molecular Systems

Colloquium | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)


David Soloveichik, Fellow, UCSF Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, University of California, San Francisco

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


Building molecular systems where computing and decision making are carried out by the chemical processes themselves will have revolutionary consequences in industrial and health applications. To achieve this vision, we'll need both: composable molecular parts, and a principled understanding of how to combine these parts into smart molecular systems. I will talk about my efforts on both fronts.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

How to Write a Research/Grant Proposal

Workshop | February 20 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors


This workshop will cover the basics of writing a research proposal. To get the most out of the workshop, come with an idea for a research project in mind.


Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

Friday, February 21, 2014

Beyond the Elastic Modulus: Investigating How Complex Mechanical Cues Regulate Biology: Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Ovijit Chaudhuri, Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Over the last decade, studies have revealed the important role that the stiffness of a cell adhesion substrate plays in regulating a variety of biological processes in cells, including stem cell differentiation and cancer progression. However, these studies are typically performed using cells cultured on two-dimensional substrates that are purely elastic and coated with a cell adhesion ligand. In...   More >

Monday, February 24, 2014

Translesion DNA Synthesis: Chemistry and Cancer Biology

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Dr. Wei Yang, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NIDDK, NIH

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Startup Series: "Build Your Financial Model" with Rob Schock

Workshop | February 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | SkyDeck | Berkeley, Penthouse


2150 Shattuck Aveue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Rob Schock, Picture Marketing

Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances


IPIRA will feature a free workshop with serial Chief Financial Officer Rob Schock on "Building Your Financial Model" at the SkyDeck on Tuesday, February 25th, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. The workshop will focus on the "why"s and "how to's" of building a financial model for a business. Rob is a part-time and interim CFO for startups.

Rob Schock is a finance specialist with over 30 years of senior...   More >

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Art-in-Science: The intersection of image and research

Special Event | February 27 – 28, 2014 every day | 5:30-9 p.m. |  Energy Biosciences Building


2151 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Carlo H. Séquin, Professor Emeritus, EECS/Computer Science, UC Berkeley

Science@Cal, Energy Biosciences Institute


An awesome two-day event, jointly presented by the Energy Biosciences Institute and Science@Cal. Browse gallery exhibits, enjoy live music, refreshments, lectures and artist demonstrations. Free admission!


All Audiences, General Public

All Audiences, General Public

Friday, February 28, 2014

Atomic Layer Deposited Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Junctions for Solar Fuel Synthesis: Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Paul C. McIntyre, Stanford University, Materials Science & Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Energy storage to overcome the intermittency of solar radiation is a major challenge for adoption of solar energy at very large scale. Photoelectrochemical synthesis of fuels from sunlight is one potential storage approach.

Using sunlight to drive photoelectrochemical reactions requires electronically coupling light absorbing materials and catalysts to simultaneously achieve a) efficient...   More >



Metal-Ligand Cooperative Behavior in Aluminum(III) Complexes Mediates Redox Chemistry and Catalysis

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Louise A. Berben, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm



Art-in-Science: The intersection of image and research

Special Event | February 27 – 28, 2014 every day | 5:30-9 p.m. |  Energy Biosciences Building


2151 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Carlo H. Séquin, Professor Emeritus, EECS/Computer Science, UC Berkeley

Science@Cal, Energy Biosciences Institute


An awesome two-day event, jointly presented by the Energy Biosciences Institute and Science@Cal. Browse gallery exhibits, enjoy live music, refreshments, lectures and artist demonstrations. Free admission!


All Audiences, General Public

All Audiences, General Public

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rare Gas Clusters in Intense Laser Fields from IR to XUV

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


Professor Frank Stienkemeier, Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Thursday, March 6, 2014

HTNM - Alex Galloway "The Cybernetic Hypothesis"

Lecture | March 6 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium


Alex Galloway, Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University

Center for New Media


Taking inspiration from Tiqqun's 2001 text “the cybernetic hypothesis,” this talk examines the relationship between digital technology and scholarly research methods.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Friday, March 7, 2014

Engineering Biological Tissue for Relieving Back Pain: Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Grace O'Connell, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


The musculoskeletal system is comprised of large load bearing soft tissues that absorb and distribute the complex loads placed on the joint. The intervertebral disc is comprised of mechanically and structurally unique substructures including the annulus fibrosus and the nucleus pulposus, which function together to support and absorb spinal loads.

Disc degeneration occurs as early as the...   More >

Monday, March 10, 2014

Integrative Structural Biology

Seminar | March 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Dr. Andrej Sali, Departments of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Embase database drop-in training

Workshop | March 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room


Sheldon Margen Public Health Library


Come and practice using Embase in this interactive training session. Everyone welcome, no advance sign-up needed.

Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database with over 25 million citations. Over 7,600 journals from over 90 countries are indexed as well as conference abstracts from over 2,000 conferences.

Embase contains citations from 1947 to present, including many not found in...   More >



Plasmon-Enabled Processes: New Opportunities in Chemical Science and Emerging Technologies

Seminar | March 11 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Naomi Halas, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spherical Nucleic Acids as Programmable Atom Equivalents: Constructing a New "Table of Elements": Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Chad A. Mirkin, Northwestern University, Chemistry / Int'l Institute for Nanotechnology

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


The crystallographic parameters of atomic and ionic solids are fixed by the size and coordination number of their elemental building blocks, thus restricting the types of structures that can be formed. We have demonstrated that these limitations can be overcome using spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) as “artificial atoms” in nanoparticle superlattice assemblies.

These three-dimensional...   More >

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What we can learn from reverse engineering biological, molecular machines

Lecture | March 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall


Troy Lionberger, UC Berkeley

Science@Cal


Troy Lionberger, UC Berkeley researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, tells us about molecular motors and how genes turn on and off inside of cells.


General Public

All Audiences

Monday, March 17, 2014

Using Light to Control and Visualize Molecular Forces in Living Systems

Seminar | March 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor Khalid Salaita, Department of Chemistry, Emory University

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Carbon Based Nanoscience

Seminar | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Hongjie Dai, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm



Ernest S. Kuh Distinguished Lecture: The Future of Technology Innovation

Lecture | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor


Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, Marvell Technology Group

College of Engineering, IEEE


Dr. Sutardja (M.S. ’85, Ph.D. ’88 EECS) will relate how he and his co-founders took Marvell Technology Group to global prominence in semiconductor innovation in less than 20 years. He will also share his views on the future of technology innovation.

The Ernest S. Kuh Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by the generosity of Professor Emeritus and Mrs. Ernest Kuh. It is held annually...   More >


Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

From Weapons Labs to Development Labs: A Discussion on Careers in Science and Tech with Dr. Ticora V. Jones

Lecture | March 19 | 2-3 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall


Blum Center for Developing Economies, Development Impact Lab


Join the Blum Center and Development Impact Lab for a career talk with Dr. Ticora V. Jones, Senior Advisor and Program Director, US Agency for International Development.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MSE Department Seminar, Dow Distinguished Lecture Series: Fracture of Silicon Nanopillars during Electrochemical Lithium Insertion

Colloquium | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center


William D. Nix, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Understanding the insertion of lithium into silicon electrodes for high capacity lithium-ion batteries is likely to have benefits for mobile energy storage, for both electronics and transportation. Silicon nanostructures have proven to be attractive candidates for electrodes because they provide less constraint on the volume changes that occur and more resistance to fracture during lithium...   More >

Friday, March 21, 2014

Electric Fields and Cells: A Productive Partnership: Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Joel Voldman, MIT, Electrical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Microsystems have the potential to impact biology by providing new ways to manipulate cells. Simply physically manipulating cells—using microfluidics, electric fields, or optical forces—provides new ways to separate cells and organize cell-cell interactions.

We have been exploiting microscale electric fields to manipulate cells in a variety of ways. One example is to sort cells based on their...   More >

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research: (designed specifically for TRSP students!)

Workshop | March 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research, The Transfer, Re-Entry, and Student Parent Center


This workshop will teach transfer, re-entry, and student parents to leverage the skills and knowledge that they already possess to secure a faculty mentor. We will cover how to identify potential faculty sponsors on campus as well as how to present yourself over email so that you make a great first impression.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Single-Molecule Spectroscopy and Imaging: 3D Nanoscopy and Biomolecular Dynamics

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor W.E. Moerner, Deparment of Chemistry, Stanford University

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Thursday, April 3, 2014

MSE Seminar: Enrique Lavernia, UC Davis: Grain growth in nanocrystalline and ultra-fine grained materials

Colloquium | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Enrique Lavernia, College of Engineering, UC Davis

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Grain growth is an important and consequential phenomenon that generally occurs in the presence of thermal and/or stress/strain fields. More recently, grain growth has evolved into an important area of study in the context of nanocrystalline and ultra-fine grained metals and alloys. Thermally activated grain growth has been extensively studied and similarly, there are numerous experimental and...   More >

Friday, April 4, 2014

Personalizing Cancer Diagnostics Using Microfluidics: Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Albert Folch, Univ. of Washington, Bioengineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Cancer therapy has a critical unmet need, which is to identify the best therapy for individual cancer patients.

There are currently over 250 FDA-approved drugs for cancer chemotherapy. Most of these were identified and are applied empirically, either alone or in combination, to treat cancer. Drug choice is guided largely by a) tumor type, location and stage, and b) efficacy of therapy as...   More >

Monday, April 7, 2014

Membrane Protein Structure Determinations by Single Particle Cryo-EM

Seminar | April 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor Yifan Cheng, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Surface Reactions in Energy Technologies: Thermodynamics and Kinetics for Improving Catalytic Nanomaterials and Photovoltaic Devices

Seminar | April 8 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Charles T. Campbell, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MSE Seminar: Michael Demkowicz, MIT: Interface design using reduced order mesoscale models

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Professor Michael Demkowicz, Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Computational materials science brings a physics-based materials design capability within reach. However, design of materials for properties such as strength or stability is challenging because it deals with inherently collective mechanisms operating at multiple time and length scales. I will present a design strategy built on reduced order mesoscale models, or ROMMS, which afford simplified...   More >

Friday, April 11, 2014

Engineering Biological Cell Access: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Prof. Nicholas A. Melosh, Stanford University, Materials Science & Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


The cell membrane is one of the most vital components of a cell; the gate-keeper into and out of the cytoplasm. Studies ranging from neural activity to drug discovery to fundamental cell physiology rely upon controlling electronic or chemical flow across this barrier.

Unfortunately, our ability to artificially control cellular access is surprisingly poor; current techniques often involve...   More >



Earl L. Muetterties Memorial Lecture: Synthetic Trends, Phase Selection and Nanostructuring of Metal-Organic Framework Materials

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Anthony K. Cheetham, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, Univeristy of Cambridge, UK

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A unified charge-current virtual-source-based compact model for quasi-ballistic transistors: analysis of carrier transport and experimental verification

Seminar | April 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 212 Cory Hall


Shaloo Rakheja, MIT EECS

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


Continuous scaling of transistors over the past four decades in the semiconductor industry
has led to evolution of circuits with ever-increasing performance. In state-of-the-art
silicon MOSFETs and III-V high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs), gate lengths are
now in the sub-30 nm regime. While detailed numerical simulations can capture
quantum-mechanical and off-equilibrium effects in...   More >



Single Molecule Studies in Quantum Dots and in the Initial Steps in a Solar Cell - Examples of Electron Transfers and Relation to Ensembles

Seminar | April 15 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Rudolph A. Marcus, Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm



Biotechnology and Me: How Modern Science Is Changing the Future of Human Life

Panel Discussion | April 15 | 7-8:20 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall


Andrew Hessel, Co-Founder, Pink Army Cooperative; Raymond McCauley, Chair, Biotech Track at Singularity University

Rasmus Nielsen, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

The Berkeley Forum


Join UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty at Wurster Auditorium for a panel discussion on biotechnology and its impact on the future of humanity. The panel features Raymond McCauley, Chair of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Singularity University, Rasmus Nielsen, of the Center for Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics and the Nielsen Laboratory, and Andrew Hessel, co-founder of the Pink Army...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

All seating in the venue is first-come, first-served.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MSE Seminar: Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University: Visualizing chemical reactions and light-matter interactions with nanometer-scale resolution

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Jennifer Dionne, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


In 1833, Faraday combined silver and sulfur and discovered the first material with a negative temperature coefficient of resistance, silver sulfide. At the time, the word semiconductor did not even exist. Yet we now know that this first semiconducting material laid the foundation for an entirely new and extremely important class of electronic materials. Today, a similar revolution is unfolding...   More >

Friday, April 18, 2014

Understanding Materials for Solar Fuel Production: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Prof. Dunwei Wang, Boston College, Dept. of Chemistry

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Solar energy represents a renewable source that has the potential to meet our ever-increasing energy demand without devastating the environment. One approach to harvesting the energy is to carry out light-powered chemical reactions. Thermodynamically uphill, these reactions produce energetic chemicals that can be used as fuels, promising a large-scale energy storage solution.

To enable these...   More >



Earl L. Muetterties Memorial Lecture: Physical Properties of Metal-Organic Framework Materials

Seminar | April 18 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Anthony K. Cheetham, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, Univeristy of Cambridge, UK

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cynthia Ann Chan Memorial Lecture: From Yeast Cells to Patient Neurons: a Powerful Discovery Platform for Chemical Biology

Seminar | April 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor Susan L. Lindquist, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Friday, April 25, 2014

Recent Progress with Nanowires: Growth and Energy Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Prof. Lars Samuelson, Nano Structure Consortium Founder, Lund University, Sweden

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


The scientific field of (compound) semiconductor nanowires got started seriously in the US and in Europe about 15 years ago, some ten years after the original break-through research conducted by Dr. Kenji Hiruma and his team at Hitachi in Japan.

Our own early work was initially very much exploratory research, testing to what extent we could understand, control and have fun with the ways in...   More >



Glenn T. Seaborg Memorial Lecture: Steering the Electronic Properties of Coordination Clusters via 4f Ion Incorporation

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Professor Annie Powell, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Revealing Molecular-Scale Details of Energy-Relevant Processes through First-Principles Simulation of X-ray Spectra

Seminar | April 29 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall


Dr. David Prendergast, Facility Director, Theory of Nanostructured Materials, The Molecular Foundry, LBNL

Department of Chemistry


Coffee and Refreshments served at the "Coffee Lab" B38 Hildebrand - available @ 3:50pm

Friday, May 2, 2014

Developing Quantum Dot Solids for Thin-Film Photovoltaics: Nano Seminar Series

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


Prof. Matt Law, UC Irvine, Chemical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are attractive building blocks for solar photovoltaics (PV). In this talk, I will provide an overview our ongoing efforts to design lead salt QD thin film absorbers for next-generation PV.

Basic requirements for QD absorber layers include efficient light absorption, charge separation, charge transport, and
long-term stability. I will first discuss...   More >