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Fall 2013

Date Time Location Photo Speaker Affiliation Seminar Title
09/6 3:00 pm -
4:30 pm
Livermore Center 101 Jared Martin Jared Martin Environmental Health and Safety

Texas Tech University
Departmental Seminar
Chemical Engineering Safety Seminar
09/9 3:00 pm -
4:30 pm
Lankford Lab - ECE 101 Dr. Howard Stone Dr. Howard Stone Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Princeton University
Soft Matter Seminar
Elementary flows with surprising responses: (I) Biofilms and flow and (II) Trapping of bubbles in stagnation point flows

Abstract
10/11 3:00 pm -
4:30 pm
Livermore Center 101 Dr. Eric T. Boder Dr. Eric T. Boder Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Tennessee
Departmental Seminar
Understanding and Controlling Conformationally Switchable Proteins

Abstract
10/25 3:00 pm -
4:30 pm
Livermore Center 101 Dr. Gila Stein Dr. Gila Stein Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Houston
Departmental Seminar
Nanopatterning with Polymer Thin Films

Abstract
11/15 3:00 pm -
4:30 pm
Livermore Center 101 Dr. John Fourkas Dr. John Fourkas Millard Alexander Professor and Associate Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Maryland
Joint Seminar with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Supported Amphiphilic Bilayers: Is a Methyl Group All You Need?

Abstract
11/22 3:00 pm -
4:30 pm
Livermore Center 101 Dr. Danny Reible Dr. Danny Reible Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and Professor

Texas Tech University
Departmental Seminar
Assessing contaminant availability and fate in water and sediments

Abstract

Spring 2013

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title Abstract
1/18 Dr. Nabila Shamim Instructor, Department of Chemical Engineering Texas Tech University Department Seminar
Safety Seminar
 
1/28 Dr. Haiqing Lin Senior Research Scientist Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. Department Seminar
Molecular Engineering of Polymeric Membrane Materials for H2 Purification and CO2 Capture
Abstract
2/4 Dr. Devin G. Barrett Postdoctoral Researcher Northwestern University Department Seminar
Viscoelastic and Covalently Cross-Linked Hydrogels Inspired by Mussels
Abstract
2/6 Dr. Wei Li NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department Seminar
Microbead-Based Biomimetic Microenvironments Enhance Survival and Function of Insulin-Producing Cells

This seminar will be held in the Lankford Lab - ECE 101.
Abstract
2/8 Dr. Holly J. Martin Assistant Research Professor Mississippi State University Department Seminar
Examining the Interaction of Chemistry and Mechanics on Surface Behavior: Applications of Corrosion Related to Biological and Non-Biological Materials
Abstract
2/15 Dr. Kelly Schultz Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Colorado at Boulder Department Seminar
Microrheological characterization for biological applications and soft material design
Abstract
2/18 Dr. Edwin L. Thomas Dean, George R. Brown School of Engineering Rice University Soft Matter Seminar
Periodic Polymers for Optical, Thermal and Mechanical Applications

This seminar will be held in the Lankford Lab - ECE 101.
Abstract
2/22 Dr. Maria Santore Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering University of Massachusetts Amherst Department Seminar
Translating New Adhesive Mechanisms at Interfaces Containing Nano-Scale Features to the Manipulation of Biological Molecules and Cells
Abstract
3/1 Dr. William Hlavacek Technical Staff Member, Theoretical Division Los Alamos National Laboratories Department Seminar
Biomolecular Site Dynamics
Abstract
3/6 Dr. Elizabeth G. Loboa Associate Professor and Director of the Cell Mechanics Laboratory Joint Departments of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University and Materials Science and Engineering, NC State University Department Seminar
Functional Tissue Engineering: Converting Fat to Bone and Cartilage

This seminar will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Livermore Center 101.
Abstract
3/8 Dr. Dennis Discher Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering University of Pennsylvania Department Seminar
'Self' versus 'Foreign' and Soft versus Stiff - Engineering approaches to mechanisms in survival and differentiation
Abstract
3/13 Dr. Osamu Urakawa Associate Professor of Macromolecular Science Osaka University Department Seminar/Bradford Chair Seminar
Structure and Dynamics of Hydrogen Bonding Polymers
Abstract
4/5 Dr. Balaji Narasimhan Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Engineering Iowa State University Department Seminar
Pathogen Mimicking Nanovaccine Platform Technology for Respiratory Infections: A New Paradigm

This seminar will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Livermore Center 101.
Abstract
4/12 Dr. Christie Peebles Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering Colorado State University Department Seminar
Towards biofuel production in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803: Expanding the molecular biology toolbox
Abstract
4/15 Dr. Gareth H. McKinley Associate Head for Research, Department of Chemical Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Soft Matter Seminar
Microfluidic Rheometry of Complex Fluids

This seminar will be held in the Lankford Lab - ECE 101.
Abstract
4/26 Dr. Darrell Irvine Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department Seminar
Designing materials for next-generation vaccines and cancer immunotherapies
Abstract
5/6 Dr. Carol K. Hall Camille Dreyfus Distinguished University Professor North Carolina State University Soft Matter Seminar
Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases: a Chemical Engineer's Perspective

This seminar will be held from
2:30-3:30 p.m. in
the Lankford Lab - ECE 101.
Abstract

Fall 2012

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title Abstract
9/7 Jared Martin Environmental Health and Safety  Texas Tech University Department Seminar
Laboratory Safety
 
9/14 Dr. Ted Wiesner Associate Professor Texas Tech University Department Seminar
HYSYS - an important simulation tool for chemical engineering 
 
9/28 Dr. Katherine Ziemer Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Northeastern University Department Seminar
Beyond Spectra and Images: Getting the Most from Chemical and Structural Characterization of Solid Materials
Abstract
10/12 Dr. Darrell Irvine Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department Seminar
Designing materials for next-generation vaccines and cancer immunotherapies
 
10/19 Dr. Paul Kenis Professor and Department Head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering University of Illinois Department Seminar
Microchemical Systems for Carbon Dioxide Conversion and Pharmaceutical/Protein Crystallization
Abstract
10/22 Dr. K.R. Rajagopal University Distinguished Professor and Forsyth Chair in Engineering Texas A&M University Soft Matter Seminar
On the mechanics and mathematics of bodies described by implicit constitutive equations

This seminar will be held from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Chemistry 113.

This is a joint seminar between the Department of Mathematics and the Soft Matter Seminar Series
Abstract
11/9 Dr. Mainak Majumder Senior Lecturer Monash University Department Seminar
Expanding the Application Space of Graphene-based Materials
Abstract
11/19 Dr. Isaac C. Sanchez William J. "Bill" Murray, Jr. Endowed Chair of Engineering and Associate Chair of Chemical Engineering The University of Texas at Austin Soft Matter Seminar
Computational Modeling of the Void Structure in Polymeric Glasses and Globular Proteins
Abstract
11/30 Dr. Kam Leong James B. Duke Professor of Biomedical Engineering Duke University Department Seminar
Implication and Application of Cell-Topography Interactions
Abstract
12/3 Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng Dean of the College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering University of Akron Soft Matter Seminar
Giant Molecules based on Nano-atoms: Size Amphilification, Function Diversification, and Self-Assembly Manipulation
Abstract

Spring 2012

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title Abstract
30−Jan Dr. Curtis W. Frank Professor of Chemical Engineering Stanford University Structural Analysis of the Enhancement of Mechanical Strength In Interpenetrating Network Hydrogels

Jointly sponsored by the Soft Matter Seminar Series and the Department of Chemical Engineering
Abstract
03−Feb Dr. Bruce Dale Professor of Chemical Engineering Michigan State University Designing Sustainable Biofuel Systems. Abstract
30−Mar Dr. Kathleen J. Stebe Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering − Goodwin Professor of Engineering and Applied Science University of Pennsylvania Directed Assembly by Capillarity Abstract
16−Apr Dr. Sharon C. Glotzer Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering University of Michigan Towards Predictive Assembly of Colloidal Shapes

This seminar will be held from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Petroleum Engineering 121
Abstract
20−Apr Dr. M. Sam Mannan Regents Professor, T. Michael O’Connor Chair, and Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Texas A&M University Developing Effective Safety Programs for Academia and Industry Abstract
27−Apr Dr. Julia A. Kornfield Professor of Chemical Engineering California Institute of Technology Making them Faster and Better: Flow-Induced Crystallization of Polymers Abstract
04−May Dr. Efie Kokkoli Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Science University of Minnesota Design of Peptide− and Aptamer−Amphiphiles for Receptor−Targeted Therapeutics Abstract

Fall 2011

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
09-Sep Dr. Edward J. Kramer Professor, Materials and Chemical Engineering UC Santa Barbara Designing ‘Hairy’ Nanoparticle ‘Surfactants’ to Control Block Copolymer Morphology
30−Sep Dr. Arul Jayaraman Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Ray Nesbitt Development Professor Texas A&M University Inter−kingdom signaling in the GI tract: There’s a lot of talking going on
28−Oct Dr. Arun Yethiraj Professor of Chemistry University of Wisconsin−Madison Multi−scale modeling of self−assembly in complex fluids
04−Nov Dr. Rodney Priestley Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Princeton University Ultra−Stable Nanostructured Polymer Glasses

Spring 2011

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
4−Feb Dr. Shekhar Garde Professor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hydration Phenomena at the Interface of Physics and Biology: A New Fluctuations−based Perspective
25−Feb Dr. Andrew Zydney Professor Pennsylvania State University Purification of DNA Therapeutics: New Opportunities for Membrane Technology.
2−Mar Dr. Katherine S. Ziemer Professor Northeastern University Engineering Interfaces: Using Subtle, Nano−scale Changes to Tune Functional Properties in Next−Generation Electronic Devices
4−Mar Dr. Ferenc Horkay Staff Scientist National Institute of Health Cartilage Extracellular Matrix: Structural Hierarchy and Ionic Interactions
1−Apr Dr. Kaushal Rege Professor Arizona State University Synergistic Approaches in Molecular and Nanoscale Therapeutics and Delivery Systems for Cancer
8−Apr Dr. Kristala Jone Prather Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology Parts, Devices, and Chassis for Microbial Chemical Production.
15−Apr Dr. Segey Ibragimov Research Scientist SuperOx (Moscow, Russia) Second Generation High Temperature Superconductors (2G−HTS) Manufacturing using efficient and inexpensive Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Technique
22−Apr Dr. Bamin Khomami Professor University of Tennessee TBA

Fall 2010

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
8−Oct Dr. Sylvie Castagnet Professor Ecole Nationale Superieure de Mecanique et D’Aerotechnique Some challenges for a better understanding and modeling of the mechanical behavior of semi−crystalline polymers
22−Oct Dr. Luigi Grassia Professor The Second University of Naples The continuum mechanics approach to viscoelasticity of amorphous polymers:
From uniaxial to triaxial stress situation
29−Oct Dr. Ramon Gonzalez Professor Rice University Understanding and harnessing microbial metabolism: the role of systems biology and metabolic engineering
5−Nov Dr. Michael L. Shuler Professor Cornell University Body−On−A−Chip: Towards In Vitro Evaluation of Drugs

Spring 2010

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
22−Jan Nazmul Karim Chairman and Professor Texas Tech University Renewable and Sustainable Biofuels: Challenges and Opportunities
5−Feb Mark R. VanLandingham Research Directorate U.S. Army Research Laboratory Contact Mechanics of Compliant Materials.
5−Mar Dr. Taher Saif Gutgsell Professor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Synaptic terminal tension: lessons from fruit flies
16−Apr Dr. Samir Mitragotri Professor UC Santa Barbara Designer Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery: Physical Answers to Biological Questions
20−Apr Dr. Radhakrishna (Suresh) Sureshkumar Professor and Chair Syracuse University Harnessing Light Using Nanomaterials: Implications for a Renewable Energy Future
7−May Dr. Kyriacos Zygourakis A.J. Hartsook Professor & Department Chair Rice University Tissue Regeneration: Challenges at the Interface of Engineering and Biology
13−May Dr. Steven S.C. Chuang Professor of Chemical Engineering The University of Akron Post−Combustion CO2 Capture by a Fluidized Bed with Immobilized Amine Sorbents

Fall 2009

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
11−Sep Marek Pyda Professor The University of Technology-Poland Characterization of Biopolymers and Biomaterials by Modern Calorimetry and Advacned Thermal Analysis
24-Sep Rod Ruff Professor UT Austin Graphene−based Materials and their Potential for Applications
2−Oct Al Sacco Professor Northeastern University Silver ions and nanoparticles; their role in the visible light sensitization of methylene blue
23−Oct William D. Lawson Professor Texas Tech University Professional Ethics for Chemical Engineers: Understanding the Obligation
30−Oct Hicham Fenniri Professor University of Alberta From Molecules to Supramolecular Architectures via Self−Assembly and Self−Organization Processes
20−Nov Roger Bonnecaze Professor UT Austin Slip, Shear Banding and Aging of Soft Particle Pastes
4−Dec Michael Pishko Professor Texas A&M University Encapsulation of drugs in core−shell nanoparticles

Spring 2009

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
13−Mar John Walz Professor Virginia Tech Equilibrium and Dynamic Forces in Binary Colloidal Mixtures
27−Mar Phil Westmoreland Professor University of Massachusetts Measuring and Predicting Kinetics for Clean Use of Biofuels
10−Apr Robert Davis Professor University of Virginia Catalytic Conversion of Biorenewable Molecules to Fuels and Chemicals
24−Apr Frank Bates Professor University of Minnesota Block Copolymers: Designer Materials at Commodity Prices

Fall 2008

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
08-Sep David Callahan Cheating Culture
12−Sep Sindee Simon Professor Texas Tech University Reactions and Tg at Nanoscale
19−Sep M N Karim Chairman Texas Tech University Renewable Biofuel: One step-ethanol production- is it feasible?
26−Sep Michele Pantoya Professor Texas Tech University Modes and Mechanisms for Energy Transfer in Nanocomposite Energetic Materials
3−Oct Ted Wiesner Professor Texas Tech University Middle Molecule Uremic Toxin Removal via Hemodialysis Augmented
10−Oct Greg McKenna Horn Professor Texas Tech University Paradigms for the glass transition
17−Oct Bill Hase Professor Texas Tech University Energy Transfer at Interfaces
24−Oct Mark Vaughn Professor Texas Tech University Determining the structure of multicomponent lipid bilayers
31−Oct Kishore Mehta Horn Professor Texas Tech University Automation of Wind Damage with Hyperspectral Imagery.
07−Nov Louisa Hope-Weeks Professor Texas Tech University Low density sol−gel based transition metal oxide and sulfide materials
14−Nov Rajesh Khare Professor Texas Tech University Molecular Hydrodynamics at the Nanoscale

Fall 2007

Date Speaker Title Institution Seminar Title
07−Sep William King Kritzer Faculty Scholar Professor University of Illinois Thermomechanical probes at the micro and nano scale.
14−Sep Dilhan Kalyon Institute Professor Stevens Institute of Technology Continuous processing and shaping of energetic formulations: Challenges with viscoplasticity, migration effects and wall slip.
21−Sep Clarence Miller  Louis Calder Professor Rice University Alkaline−surfactant processes for enhanced oil recovery.
01−Oct Semahat Demir Program Director National Science Foundation Computational Modeling of Bioelectricity in Cardiac Cells.
19−Oct George Stephanopoulos Arthur D. Little Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology Design principles and methods for nanoscale structures with desired geometrices.
09−Nov Mark Ediger Professor University of Wisconsin-Madison Dynamics of polymer glasses during active deformation (Jointly with Chemistry).
16−Nov Greg Rutledge Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology Molecular simulation of polymers: Far from equilibrium.
30−Nov Lance Criscuolo Vice President of Global Sales Zyvex Performance Materials Commercialization of Nanotechnology
07−Dec Robert K. Prud'homme Professor Princeton University Nanoparticle formation by flash nanoprecipitation using block copolymer directed self−assembly.