Seminar Series sponsored by Shell

Upcoming in Fall 2020

September 4th: Michael Guarnieri, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), C1 Biocatalysis: Bioengineering for Energy and Environmental Solutions
September 11th: Prashant Deshlahra, Tufts University, Selectivity Limitations in Alkane Oxidative Dehydrogenation
September 18th: TBD
September 25th: TBD
October 2nd: Jim Pfaendtner, University of Washington, Molecular engineering and design at the bio/nano interface
October 9th: Paul Shearing, University of College London, The Role of Advanced X-ray Characterisation in Understanding Degradation and Failure in Li-ion Batteries
October 16th: Keith Johnston, University of Texas at Austin, TBD
October 23rd: Peter Cummings, Vanderbilt University, TBD
October 30th: Jason Shoemaker, University of Pittsburgh, TBD
November 6th: Reza Foudazi, New Mexico State University, TBD
November 13th: John Frostad, University of British Columbia, TBD

Fall 2020

All seminars are held Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m., over Zoom, unless otherwise noted.

September 4th, 2020 - Michael Guarnieri, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
September 11th, 2020 - Prashant Deshlahra, Tufts University

Prashant Deshlahra – Tufts University

Host: Assistant Professor Stephanie Kwon

October 2nd, 2020 - Jim Pfaendtner, University of Washington

Jim Pfaendtner – University of Washington

Host: Assistant Professor Diego Gomez-Gualdron

October 9th, 2020 - Paul Shearing, University of College London

Paul Shearing – University of College London

Host: Professor Andrew Herring

October 16th, 2020 - Keith Johnston, University of Texas at Austin

 Keith Johnston, University of Texas at Austin

Host: Associate Professor Ning Wu

October 23rd, 2020 - Peter Cummings, Vanderbilt University

Peter Cummings – Vanderbilt University

Host: Assistant Professor Diego Gomez-Gualdron

October 30th, 2020 - Jason Shoemaker, University of Pittsburgh

Jason Shoemaker – University of Pittsburgh

Host: Assistant Professor Kevin Cash

November 6th, 2020 - Reza Foudazi, New Mexico State University

Reza Foudazi – New Mexico State University

Host: Assistant Professor Joseph Samaniuk

November 13th, 2020 - John Frostad, University of British Columbia

John Frostad – University of British Columbia

Host: TBD

Past Seminars

Spring 2020
  • January 10: William Olbricht, National Science Foundation (NSF), Transport Phenomena Research at the National Science Foundation
  • February 21: Thomas Mansell, Iowa State University, Synthetic Biology for Microbiome Engineering
  • March 6: Jonathan Stickel, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Flow, Transport, and Reaction during the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals: From Hoppers to Bioreactors
Fall 2019
  • August 30: Joseph Zasadzinski, University of Minnesota, Interfacial Rheology and How We Breathe
  • September 6: Nicholas Sandoval, Tulane University, Advancing Frontiers in Novel Methods of Gene Regulation in Bacteria
  • September 13: Chris Wirth, Cleveland State University, Complex Colloidal Particles Near Boundaries
  • September 20: Kelly Schultz, Lehigh University, Characterizing the Evolution of Gel Scaffolds Using Passive Microrheology
  • September 27: Ryan Hartman, NYU, Artificially Intelligent Microreactors with In Situ Characterization Methods with Potential Applications in Energy, Chemicals, and Materials
  • October 4: Gordon Christopher, Texas Tech University, How Do We Characterize the Properties of Air/Water Interfaces Relevant to Petroleum Processing?
  • October 11: Lisa Bullard, North Carolina State University, Open the Front Door, Close the Back Door: The Impact of Organizational Culture on Recruiting and Retention 
  • October 25: Edward Maginn, University of Notre Dame, Computational Design of New Materials for Separations and Energy Storage
  • November 1: Sapna Sarupria, Clemson University, Building and Applying in Silico Nanoscopes for Gas Hydrates and Ice
  • November 8: George O’Toole, Dartmouth College,, To Build A Bioflim
  • November 22: Clare McCabe, Vanderbilt University, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Stratum Corneum Lipid Mixtures: A Multiscale Perspective
Spring 2019
  • January 18: John Rogers, Northwestern University, Soft Electronic and Microfluidic Systems for the Skin
  • January 25: Todd Squires, University of California, Driving Particles and Fluids Using Chemical Fluxes
  • February 1: Kristala Prather, MIT, Metabolite Valves: Dynamic Control of Metabolic Flux for Pathway Engineering
  • March 8: Carolyn Lee-Parsons, Northeastern University, Engineering the Production of Medicinal Natural Products from Plant Cell Cultures
  • March 15: K. Scott Phillips, Food and Drug Administration, TBD
  • March 22: Patrick Doyle, MIT, Microfluidic Technologies to Manufacture Soft Matter Materials
  • April 19: Steven Little, University of Pittsburgh, Controlling Controlled Release to Make Medicine That Imitates Life
Fall 2018
  • August 30: Gerald Fuller, Stanford U, Asphaltenes: Big Molecules Causing Bigger Problems
  • September 7: Young Jik Kwon, UC Irvine, MINEd from Nature and Engineered for Therapy: Semi-synthetic Virus, Nanoantibiotics, and Engineered Extracellular Vesicles
  • September 14: Michael Domach, Carnegie Mellon, Optimization can be on the Bounds: Maximizing Therapeutic DNA without Antibiotics and What the Cell’s Solution to Hyper-production Suggests
  • September 28: Jacklyn Steeples, Freeport-McMoRan Inc., Chemical Engineering Applications in Mining at Freeport-McMoRan Operations
  • October 5: Matthew Panthani, Iowa State, Crystallizing Semiconductors at the Nano- and Molecular Scale: Opportunities and Challenges
  • October 12: Chris Wilmer, U of Pittsburgh, Understanding Thermal Transport in Porous Crystals
  • October 19: Robert Prud’homme, Princeton University, Nanomedicine: From High Tech to Global Health
  • October 26: Terry Papoutsakis, U of Delaware, Native and engineered megakaryocytic microparticles for cell- and gene-therapies
  • November 9: Kenneth Kroenlein, NIST, Overcoming Scarcity in the Scientific Literature
  • November 16: Andrew Petruska, CSM, Magnetic Guidance in Medicine
  • November 30: Tanya Lipscomb, Biotechnology Entrepreneur & Consultant, From the Lab Bench to the Boardroom: My Adventures in Start-ups
Spring 2018
  • January 12: Alissa Park, Columbia U, Towards Sustainable Energy and Materials: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)
  • January 19: Anthony Muscat, U of Arizona, Where Materials Meet: Passivation and Activation of Semiconductor and Metal Surfaces
  • February 13: Niall MacDowell, Imperial College London, Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS): vital for 1.5C, but does it work?
  • March 16: Todd Alam, Sandia Labs, Domain Structure and Water Transport in SDAPP Proton Exchange Membranes 
  • April 6: Peter Monson, U Mass Amherst, Understanding the Thermodynamics and Dynamics of Fluids Confined in Mesoporous Materials
  • April 20: Bin Liu, Kansas State U, Atmospheric ammonia synthesis – mechanism, materials, and processes
  • April 27: Prasad Shalini, UT Dallas, Early Stage Technologies in Wearable Lifestyle Monitoring: Flexible Sensors for Monitoring Biomarkers in Sweat
Fall 2017
  • September 1: Hannes Schniepp, William & Mary, Synthetic and Biogenic 2D Materials: Interfacial Properties and Characterization
  • September 8: Cole DeForest, U Washington, User-Programmable Hydrogel Biomaterials to Probe and Direct 4D Stem Cell Fate
  • September 15: Paul Van Tassel, Yale, Layer-by-layer Assembled Polyelectrolyte Films as Porous Biomolecular Delivery Systems
  • September 22: Linda Broadbelt, Northwestern, Reaction Pathway Analysis of the (Bio)conversion of (Bio)macromolecules
  • September 29: Geoff Geise, U Virginia, Structure/property Relationships in Polymer Membranes for Water Purification and Energy Applications
  • October 6: Jessica Winter, Ohio St., Battling Cancer through Chemical Engineering: A Bench to Bedside Journey
  • October 13: Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin, Reaction Mechanisms and Structure Sensitivity for Materials Discovery from first-principles in Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • October 20: Ramon Gonzalez, Rice University
  • October 27: Jeff Reimer, Berkeley, My Response to our Changing Climate: NMR and Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • November 10: Placidus Amama, Kansas State
  • November 17: Laura Jarboe , Iowa State University, Development of Robust Microbial Cell Factories by Membrane Engineering
  • December 1: Mike Jewett, Northwestern, Repurposing the Translation Apparatus for Synthetic Biology
Spring 2017
  • January 13: Tim Barbari, Boston Univ., Affinity Membranes for Specific Protein Capture: Controlling the Orientation of Immobilized Biomolecules on a Surface
  • January 20: David Sholl, Georgia Tech., Developing New Nanoporous Materials for Practical Applications Using Computational Modeling – How Close Is the Dream to Reality
  • January 27: Mircea Dinca, MIT, Teaching Sponges New Tricks: Catalysis and Charge Transport in Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • February 3: Jinaping Yu, NREL, Ethylene Forming Enzyme and Bio-ethylene Production
  • February 10: Shelley Anna, Carnegie Mellon, Phase Change and Partitioning in Nanoliter Droplets
  • February 17: Richard Willson, Univ. of Houston, New Approaches to Lateral-flow Immunoassays: What’s Inside That Home Pregnancy/Flu/Chlamydia Test?
  • February 24: Kyongbuym Lee, Tufts, Using Metabolomics to Understand the Regulatory Roles of Metabolic Products: Applications in Improving Bioprocesses and Studying the Gut Microbiome
  • March 3: Huimin Zhao, Univ. of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Synthetic Biology: A New Engine for the Third Wave of Biotechnology
  • March 10: Bill Ristenpart, UC Davis, Colloids near Electrodes: Complex Behavior via Microscale Electrohydrodynamic Flows
  • March 17: Scott Cooper, Univ. of Wisconsin Lacrosse, From Burrow to Bedside: Blood Clotting in Hibernating Ground Squirrels
  • April 7: Mark Barteau, Univ. of Michigan, Catalysis and Communications for a Carbon-constrained World
  • April 14: Christine Schmidt, Univ. of Florida, Engineering Materials for Functional Nerve Regeneration
  • April 28: Nosang Myung, UC Riverside, Smartphone Integrable High Density Chemical Sensor Arrays
Fall 2016
  • September 2: Sibani Lisa Biswal, Rice University, TX, Nonequilibrium Dynamics with Magnetic Filaments
  • September 9: Stephanie Bryant, CU, Designing Biomimetic Hydrogels for Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering
  • September 16: Aleksander Donev, NYU, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Hydrodynamics of Suspensions of Passive and Active Rigid Particles: A Rigid Multiblob Approach
  • September 23: Christie Peebles, CSU, Developing Green Cell Factories: Progress Toward Cyanobacterial Fuels and Chemicals
  • September 30: Yadong Wang, University of Pittsburgh, Biomaterial-Enabled In Situ Tissue Regeneration
  • October 7: Andrea Armani, USC, Portable Sensors based on Integrated Photonics and Functional Materials
  • October 14: Douglas Adamson, University of Connecticut, Pristine Graphene Composites by Interfacial Trapping
  • October 21: Haluk Beyenal, Washington State Univ, Electrochemical Biofilm Control
  • October 28: Sang Eon Han, University of NM, Manipulating Photonic Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Energy Usage
  • November 4: David Lynn, University of WI-Madison, Design of Soft Material Interfaces: From ‘Conventional’ to ‘Covalent’ Assembly
  • November 11: Thomas Webster, Northeastern, Commercializing Nanomedicine: Improving Tissue Growth, Inhibiting Infection, and Limiting Inflammation
  • November 18: Mary Laura Lind, Arizona State University, Advanced Membrane Materials for Liquid and Gas Separations
  • December 2: Michael Tsapatsis, University of Minnesota, 2-dimensional Zeolites
Spring 2016
  • March 25: Ningzhong Bao, Univ of Tech Jiangsu, Nanjing CHINA, Graphene — A New Member of Carbon Family: Properties, Preparation, and Applications
  • April 8: Shaoyi Jiang, U of Wa – Seattle, Molecular Understanding, Design and Development of Ultra Low Fouling Zwitterionic-based Functional Materials
  • April 15: Matthew Walsh, Chevron, Gas Hydrates: The Flow Assurance Problem With A Thousand (Crystal) Faces
  • April 22: Jon Pharoah, Queens Univ at Kingston, Canada, Fuel Cells and the Future of the Energy System… and Multi-Scale Modelling Tools for Fuel Cell Development
  • April 29: Mark Tuckerman, NYU, Exploration and Generation of Free Energy Landscapes of Molecular Crystals and Oligopeptides
Fall 2015
  • September 4: John Ekerdt, University of Texas, Austin,Atomic Layer Deposition of Crystalline Perovskites on Ge(001) and Si(001)
  • September 11: Susanta Sarkar, Colorado School of Mines, High-Throughput Spectroscopy and Tracking of Single Particles
  • September 18: Michael Crowley, NREL, Better Biofuels Through Molecular Modeling and Theory at NREL
  • September 25: Brian Pfleger, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sustainability via Synthetic Biology –A Growing Role for Biotechnology in the Chemical Industry
  • October 2: Karin Leiderman, UC Merced, Mathematical Modeling of Thrombus Formation Under Flow
  • October 9: Christopher Snow, CSU, Programming Nanoscale and Mesoscale Assembly of Protein Crystals
  • October 16: Shiguang Li, Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Membrane Contactors for CO2capture and Bio-Mimetic HIgh-Purity O2 Production
  • October 30: Leland Vane, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pervaporation & Vapor Permeation: Membrane Processes for the Recovery & Drying of Solvents and Alcohol Biofuels
  • November 6: Ahmet Kusoglu, Lawrence Berkeley Natl Laboratories, Chemical-Mechanical interactions controlling Structure/Function Relationships in Ionomers
  • November 13: Tim Secomb, University of Arizona, Mechanics of blood flow in micro vessels
  • November 20: Dan Zarraga, Genentech / University of Delaware (Adjunct Faculty),Elucidation of mAb protein interactions and clustering using neutron and light scattering techniques
  • December 4: Ken Balkas, University of Texas – Dallas, Novel Polymer Blend membranes with controlled microstructure for gas separations
Spring 2015
  • January 16: Jules Magde, University of Utah, Restart of Flow in Waxy Crude Oil Pipelines Blocked With Wax Gels – Predictions Using Laboratory Tests
  • January 23: Thomas McKinnon, Agribotix, Making Drones Work for Agriculture
  • January 30: Chris Wright, Liberty Resources, American Shale Revolution: Beginnings, Today, and Thoughts on Tomorrow
  • February 13: Kurt Koppi, Dow Chemical Company, Industrial Applied Rheology: Rheological Tools For Die Design
  • February 20: Byron Pipes, Purdue University, Modelling in Composites Manufacturing: Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB)
  • February 27: Tom Plant, Colorado State University, Emerging opportunities and challenges in the New Energy Economy
  • March 6: Margaret Sobkowicz-Kline, University of Massachuetts-Lowell, Aqueous Processing of Conjugated Polymers for Flexible Electronics
  • March 20: Eric Furst, University of Delaware, Directing Colloidal and Nanoparticle Self-Assembly
  • April 3: Michael Gordon, University of California, Santa Barbara, Fooling Light with Nanostructures: Controlling Reflection to Chemical Imaging
  • April 17: Adam Weber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Understanding Transport in Polymer-Electrolyte-Fuel-Cell Ionomer
  • April 24: Joan Brennecke, University of Notre Dame, Ionic Liquids for Electrochemical Applications
Fall 2014
  • October 29: Salman R. Khetani, Colorado State University, Liver Tissue Engineering: Applications in Drug Screening and Disease Modeling
  • September 5: Jaehun Chun, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Colloidal Dispersions: Where Various Length Sales Become Correlated
    September 12: Milo Koretsky, Oregon State University, Engineering Education – What’s in Store for the Next 100 Years?
  • September 14: Shota Atsumi, University of California, Davis, Systematic Construction of Biosynthetic Pathways for Chemical Production
  • September 26: Srinivasa R. Raghavan, University of Maryland, Light-Tunable Fluids, Self-Propelling Microcapsules and Hemostatic Biomaterials: The Next Generation of Soft Matter
  • October 3: John Ekerdt, University of Texas, Austin, Atomic Layer Deposition of Crystalline Perovskites on Ge(001) and Si(001)
  • October 17: Gregg Nyberg, Amgen
  • October 24: Reginald E. Rogers, Rochester Institute of Technology, Free-standing Carbon Nanocomposites as Next Generation Adsorbent Materials
  • October 31: Anand Yethiraj, Memorial University, Field-induced Self-assembly and Collective Dynamics in Colloids and Emulsions
  • November 7: James Gilchrist, Lehigh University, Tuning 2D and 3D Suspension Microstructure
  • November 14: Jerry Rudy, University of Colorado, Boulder, Variation in the Persistence of Memories: A view from the Synapse
  • November 21: Alan Sellinger, Dept. of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Acid and Silane-based Ligands for Tuning Bandgaps and Work Functions of Hybrid Quantum Dots and Oxide Electrodes
Fall 2012
  • August 31: David Ku, Georgia Tech
  • September 7: Tyler W. Johannes, The University of Tulsa, Using Synthetic Biology to Engineer Microalgae
  • September 14: Abe Stroock, Cornell University, Microvascular Structure and Function in vitro
  • September 21: Xiao Cheng Zeng, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Computer-Aided Nanoscience Research: Nanoice, Nanoclusters, and Superhydrophobicity
  • October 5: Jason Baxter, Drexel University, Extremely Thin Absorber Solar Cells
  • October 12: Richard Cairncross, Drexel University, TBA
  • October 19: Tianshu Li, George Washington University, Ice Nucleation in Supercooled Water: From Bulk to Nano Water Droplets
  • October 26: Steve Granick, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, TBA
  • November 13: Michael Ramage, retired Executive VP ExxonMobil, Transitions to Alternative Transportation Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges to Reduce US Oil Use and CO2 Emissions in Light Duty Transportation
  • November 16: Katherine Ayers, Proton OnSite,, Bridging the Infrastructure Gap: Cost Effective Generation of Hydrogen from Water
  • November 30: Bill Green, MIT
  • December 7: Michael Detamore, University of Kansas, Gradient Strategies and Umbilical Cord Wharton’s Jelly Cells for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering