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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, hsp.berkeley.edu

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


PROF. JIANG'S VISIT TO CA WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL LATER IN THE SEMESTER; MORE INFO TO COME

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: http://tgif.berkeley.edu/index.php/apply/fall-grants

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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"

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