All seminars have been cancelled for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID-19.  Please check back in Fall 2020 for updates.

Ethics Seminar sponsored by the Daniels Fund

TBD - Sandra Greer

Sandra Greer – The University of Maryland, College Park, MD and Mills College, Oakland, CA

Host: Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Caroline Lima Salles de Souza

Co-sponsored by the Daniels Fund Program in Professional Ethics Education at Mines

Seminar Series sponsored by Shell

Upcoming in Fall 2020


Spring 2020

All seminars are held Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m., in CTLM 102, unless otherwise noted.

January 10th, 2020 - William Olbricht

William Olbricht – National Science Foundation

Host: Assistant Professor Joseph Samaniuk

February 21st, 2020 - Thomas Mansell

Thomas Mansell – Iowa State University

Host: Assistant Professor Nanette Boyle

March 6th, 2020 - Jonathan Stickel

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