International Summit of the MRS University Chapters on “Sustainability and Nanotechnology”

Wednesday, November 29
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hynes, Level 3, Room 300

Thursday, November 30
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hynes, Level 3, Room 300

This two-day event is composed of invited talks, panel discussions and a poster session, which will focus heavily on biomedicine, catalysis, sensors and energy harvesting emphasizing the concept of sustainability and materials criticality. The speakers list includes esteemed members from academia and industry to bridge a discussion across the entire research and value chain of advanced materials technologies. The sessions will allow for active participation from the audience during the discussion. In order to promote the visibility of young students, rapid-fire presentations will be part of each session. 

The MRS University Chapter at the University of Cologne organized this event, composed of invited talks, panel discussions and a poster session, which focused heavily on biomedicine, catalysis, sensors and energy harvesting emphasizing the concept of sustainability and materials criticality.

Session 1
Wednesday, November 29 | 9:00 am – 11:40 am
Monitoring the Human Ecological Footprint with Nanotechnology

  • 9:00—Xi Chen, City University of New York
    Sensors, Actuators, Energy conversion and Storage Devices
  • 9:20Sven Barth, University of Vienna
    Direct Deposition of Nanowires for Environmental Monitoring
  • 9:40Rapid Fire Presentations
  • 9:45Manuel Quevedo-Lopez, The University of Texas at Dallas             
    Nanotechnology Opportunities in Solid-State Radiation Detector
  • 10:05Join us! Free Coffee and Breakfast!
  • 10:35Rossitza Pentcheva, University Duisburg-Essen
    Understanding and Optimization of Transition Metal Oxides as Anode Materials for Water Splitting: What Can We Learn from First-principles Modelling
  • 10:55David Shuh, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Soft X-ray Synchrotron Radiation Spectromicroscopy Studies of Radioactive Materials
  • 11:15Rapid Fire Presentations
  • 11:20Vedran Jovic, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    How Indium Nitride Senses Water
  • 11:40—Lunch Break

Poster Session
Thursday, November 30
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hynes, Level 1, Hall B

Please join us for the Summit's Poster Session! A great meeting place to exchange views on the diverse range of applications discussed over the two-day summit! An excellent way to end the great experience of the Summit! 

Session 2
Wednesday, November 29 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Cutting Edge Concepts in Sustainable Energy

  • 1:30—Hicham Idriss, SABIC
    Hydrogen Production from Water, Challenges and Opportunities
  • 1:50Christina Chang, Harvard University
    Interfacial Engineering of a Semiconductor Nanoparticle—Catalyst System for Efficient and Stable Solar H2 Generation in pH Neutral Water
  • 2:10Rapid Fire Presentations
  • 2:15Roy Gordon, Harvard University
    Materials for Sustainable Energy
  • 2:35Lionel Vayssiere, Xi’an Jiaotong University
    Clean Energy from Seawater
  • 2:55Join Us!  Free Coffee and Cake
  • 3:25Jae Ah Lee, Lintec of America, Inc.
    Harvesting Electrical Energy Using Hand-Powered Torsional Actuation
  • 3:45Ray Baughman, The University of Texas at Dallas                                     
    Electrochemically Harvesting Waste Thermal, Mechanical, and Chemical Energy as Electrical Energy Using Artificial Muscles
  • 4:05Rapid Fire Presentations
  • 4:10Panel Discussions—Free Beer and Snacks following discussions!

Session 3
Thursday, November 30 | 9:00 am – 11:40 am
Green Nanochemistry

  • 9:00—Dunwei Wang, Boston College
    Storing Solar Energy in Chemical Bonds: From Artificial Photosynthesis to Batteries
  • 9:20Daniel Chua, National University of Singapore
    Designing Non Noble Electrocatalysts for Clean Energy Applications, Specifically in Hydrogen Evolution Reaction
  • 9:40 Rapid Fire Presentations
  • 9:45Avner Rothschild, Technion
    Solar Hydrogen Production: Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting vs. PV-Powered Electrolysis
  • 10:05Join Us! Coffee and Breakfast
  • 10:35Rein Ulijn, City University of New York
    Bio-Catalytic Self-Assembly of Peptide-Porphyrin Light Harvesting Nanostructures in Aqueous Medium
  • 10:55Yaopeng Zhang, Donghua University
    Bio-Inspired Design, Fabrication of Silk Fibers and Scaffolds
  • 11:15Rapid Fire Presentations
  • 11:20Neftali L. V. Carreno, Federal University of Pelotas
    Sustainable Process to Promote Noble Interface Properties from Nanostructures
  • 11:40Lunch Break

Session 4
Thursday, November 30 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Part I—Nanotoxicology & Nanomedicine
Part II—The Crucial Role of Cost-effectiveness and Sustainability

  • 1:30—Jason Burdick, University of Pennsylvania
    Engineered Nanofibrous Materials for Biomedical Applications
  • 1:50Vladimir Sivakov, Leibniz-IPHT
    Silicon Nanostructures in Nanomedicine: Fantasy or Future?

  • 2:10Rapid Fire Presentations
  • 2:15Eva Hemmer, University of Ottawa
    Exploiting Luminescence Energy Transferin Lanthanide-Based Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications
  • 2:35Rafik Naccache, Concordia University
    Carbon Dots: Working towards a Brighter Future
  • 2:55Afternoon Break with Free Coffee and Cake
  • 3:25Caue Ribeiro, EMBRAPA
    The Contribution of Nanomaterials in Agriculture: towards a Sustainable Path for Technological Advance in Developing Countries
  • 3:45Maria Pérez Barthaburu and Ivana Aguiar, University of the Republic
    Nanotechnology Research Contributions to Have a More Sustainable Country
  • 4:05Rapid Fire Presentations

Don't miss the Poster Session at 8:00 in Hynes, Level 1, Hall B.

A special THANKS to the MRS University Chapters for their collaborative efforts and commitment in planning this special two-day event. This group includes students, faculty and researchers from the University of Cologne, The City University of New York, and The University of Texas at Dallas.

THANK YOU to Hindawi Limited for partial sponsorship for this event!


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