Past Events & Announcements

Announcement 10/31/2016

Congratulations Qiang Cui

Congratulations to IRG 3 Profoessor Qiang Cui on receiving a Kellett Mid-Career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to recognize exceptional mid-career faculty. 

Announcement 10/31/2016

AMIC Call for Student Seed Program

The University of Wisconsin Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium (AMIC) announces a new Student Seed Program. AMIC is a Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) -led group of industrial and academic members created to leverage the broad spectrum of university- and industry-based materials science resources and capabilities in the region. AMIC does this by promoting synergies between materials researchers and technologists, facilitating access to personnel and infrastructure to tackle important materials-related challenges, enhancing student experiences with industry for professional development, and facilitating recruitment of a strong and diverse regional network of industry-based materials researchers. Submission deadline: 10/31/2016

Announcement 10/31/2016

MRSEC Call for Seed Proposals

The MRSEC is soliciting proposals for seed projects to launch new materials research and education directions, or to enhance and expand research programs in the existing IRGs/IEG/ICG.  Awards will be for one year, with the potential for renewal for a second year subject to review by the MRSEC Executive Committee. Typically, projects will support one or two graduate student research assistants (50% RA) or postdoctoral associates and supplies. Requests for support of larger seed projects (“super-seeds”) can also be submitted in circumstances where the seed projects are proposed to have the long-term potential to generate a new IRG. All seed projects must be multidisciplinary and include at least two investigators. Small teams of graduate students and postdocs are also encouraged to apply. Submission deadline: 10/31/2016

Announcement 10/28/2016

Breakthrough in Research and Education Workshop (BREW)

The 5th annual BREW to be held on October 28, 2016 at Union South. This MRSEC event aims to explore the latest advances in materials research and translate those research themes into new educational activities. Click here for more information about the BREW.
Announcement 10/28/2016

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

The Hertz Foundation is inviting applications for Fall 2016 Graduate Fellowships in Applied Physical, Biological, or Engineering Sciences. Hertz Fellowships are among the most prestigious in the world as the Foundation identifies brilliant and creative young scientists serving in ways that benefit to all. A stipend of $32,000 per academic year and much more will be given to the winning candidates. 
Announcement 9/8/2016

2016 AMIC Annual Meeting

Register and attend the 2016 AMIC Annual Meeting co-hosted by the Wisconsin Materials Institute. Event information and registration can be found by clicking here
Event 8/1/2016

MRSEC and BGPSA Grad Panel Discussion

MRSEC and the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association recently held a panel discussion on applying to graduate school on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 12pm. The discussion, "Navigating Graduate School as a Student of Color", targeted current undergraduate students and community members interested in pursuing a master's degree or Ph.D. The seminar was facilitated by Yanna Williams, master's degree candidate in Dairy Science and the external vice president of the BGPSA and the grad panel included Ashley Smith, Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Studies, Dilibe  Offiah, Ph.D. candidate in Construction Engineering and Management, and Sarah Bruno, Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology. The graduate students discussed their experiences during grad school, why they decided to come to UW-Madison and answered several questions asked by the attendees MRSEC REU students participated in the event.
Event 7/28/2016

Summer 2016 REU Poster Session

Dear Colleagues,

As Directors of the REU in Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering, REU in Nanotechnology, REU in the Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy programs and the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering Program (SURE), we would like to invite you to the end of the summer REU and SURE poster session. The REU and SURE programs together support over 50 undergraduates from institutions around the continental US, Puerto Rico and China to do research in engineering and chemistry laboratories across campus. The students will present the results for their ten week summer projects at this poster session. In addition to the over 50 REU and SURE students, there will be posters from select UW undergraduates who have worked in the labs this summer. 

Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Lobby of Engineering Hall

Food will be served! We hope all of you will take time out of your day to support the research efforts of these potential graduate students.

Thank you,

Andrew Greenberg and Kelly Burton

Announcement 2/11/2016

Announcing the MRSEC Spring 2016 Seminar Series

The schedule for the annual seminar series which features presentations by materials scientists from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and many more prestigious research centers can be found by clicking here. 
Announcement 12/04/15

International Research Opportunities for Undergraduates, Summer 2016 

The MRSEC is coordinating opportunities in conjunction with summer research programs at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Tokyo Institute of Technology (TiTech). 3-5 students will be nominated for the TiTech program(s), up to 2 students will be nominated for the NUS program, and up to 4 students will be nominated for the CityU program. Apply for nomination and a MRSEC-sponsored scholarship of $5,000 towards the cost of participation. Submit your application at Scholarships@UW (www.scholarships.wisc.edu) (search "MRSEC") or at www.mrsec.wisc.edu/MRSEC-scholarship. Application deadline is January 8, 2016 (all programs) and January 22, 2016 (CityU and NUS programs only). For more information click here

Contact Erin Gill (emgill@wisc.edu) for more information about the TiTech programs (SERP, Summer Program). Contact Andy Quackenbush (quackenbush@studyabroad.wisc.edu) for more information about the CityU and NUS programs and the IAP application process.

Useful links: 
MRSEC Flyer 
IAP National University of Singapore Exchange website (https://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=166)
Summer Research Exchange Programme at City University of Hong Kong (http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/cse/cms/content.aspx?id=cecstuexchinboundsummer&lang=en)
Summer Engineering Research Internship for U.S. Students (SERIUS) at NUS (http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/ero/external_relations/serius.html)
Summer Exchange Research Program (SERP) at Tokyo Institute of Technology (http://www.eng.titech.ac.jp/english/international/iep/se/serp/inbound.html)

 

 

Event 10/12/15

4th annual Wisconsin MRSEC-sponsored Breakthrough in Research and Education Workshop (BREW) Nov 6th, 2015 @ECB&Union South

Please join us for the 4th annual Wisconsin MRSEC-sponsored Breakthrough in Research and Education Workshop (BREW) on Friday, November 6, 2015. This MRSEC event aims to explore the latest advances in materials research and translate those research themes into new educational activities and new opportunities for collaboration between MRSEC interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs).

The meeting will be held in Tong Auditorium in the Engineering Centers Building starting at 1:00 pm, followed by dinner and networking at Union South.

Register here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebm6e3fg9a1fde5a&oseq=&c=&ch=

 

 

Event 9/24/15

RM2N Education/Outreach Group Exploration Workshop, November 20, 2015

The Regional Materials and Manufacturing Network (RM2N, wiscmat.org) harnesses the resources of UW System campuses and industry affiliates to solve problems in materials and manufacturing. RM2N members will explore applying this approach to education and outreach activities at a workshop to be held at UW-Madison on Friday, November 20, 2015. Hosted by the Wisconsin MRSEC, at this workshop you will 1) learn about the various education/outreach efforts of RM2N members, 2) investigate whether an education/outreach group will be beneficial to RM2N members, and 3) determine the structure and goals of an RM2N education/outreach group. Click here for more information and to register.

 

 

Announcement 9/4/15

Call for Seed Proposals, due November 2, 2015.

The MRSEC is soliciting proposals for seed projects to launch new materials research and education directions, or to enhance and expand research programs in the existing IRGs/IEG/ICG. Awards will be for one year, with the potential for renewal for a second year subject to review by the MRSEC Executive Committee. Typically, projects will support one or two graduate student research assistants or postdoctoral associates and supplies. Requests for support of larger seed projects (“super-seeds”) can also be submitted in circumstances where the seed projects are proposed to have the long-term potential to generate a new IRG. 

All seed projects must be multidisciplinary and include at least two investigators. Small teams of graduate students and postdocs are also encouraged to apply. Proposals must include a description of the project (2 pages), a future-work and strategy section explaining how the proposed seed project could grow or be integrated into a larger multidisciplinary materials research effort (1 page), a budget and budget justification (budget template attached), and 1-page NSF-format biosketches for each participant. 

Proposals must be submitted by the end of Monday, November 2, 2015 to Erin Gill (emgill@wisc.edu). Awards will be announced in December, 2015. It is anticipated that several new seed projects will be started this year. Full announcement can be found here.

 

 

Announcement 3/2/15

"Dear All, Our next ICG seminar will take place next Monday, March 2nd at 3:30 pm in Mechanical Engineering building, room 1153. Details are below

Speaker: Kai Huang (in collaboration with Prof. Izabela Szlufarska), Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Title: Brownian motion near interfaces: Insights from microsecond-long molecular dynamics

Abstract: Near-boundary Brownian motion is a classic hydrodynamic problem of great importance in a variety of fields from biophysics to micro-/nanofluidics. However, due to challenges in experimental measurements of near-boundary dynamics, the impact of interfaces on nearby Brownian motion remains a highly debated topic. In this seminar, we will present insights into the effects of interfaces on Brownian motion obtained based on ms-long large-scale molecular dynamics simulations and our newly developed Green-Kubo relation for friction at the liquid-solid interface. We will briefly review the modern understanding of Brownian motion that explains the famous t^(-3/2) long-time tail in the velocity autocorrelation function of a Brownian particle in bulk liquid, where t represents time. We will demonstrate that, near an interface, the long-time tail behavior changes to the t^(-5/2) decay. We will discuss the limitations of classical assumptions of the hydrodynamic theories, such as the lack of slip at the solid/liquid interface and we will demonstrate that the presence of interfacial slip has profound effects on the nearby Brownian motion. Our results highlight the importance of accounting for liquid relaxation near interfaces in the hydrodynamic theories and in modeling of micro-/nano-flows, and they demonstrate the potential of Brownian-particle based sensors to probe the local wettability of liquid-solid interfaces.

See you all there!"

Announcement 2/13/15

The winners of the Fall 2014 MRSEC Seed program

James Dumesic, Ive Hermans, George Huber, and Manos Mavrikakis, “Synthesis and Characterization of Supported Monometallic and Bimetallic Nanoparticles by Atomic Layer Deposition and Controlled Surface Reactions”

Max Lagally, Michael Arnold, and Irena Knezevic, “A seed proposal on Active 2D Materials: 2-D Materials Integrated in Hetero-structures for New Properties and Devices”

Saverio Spagnolie and Michael Graham, “Configurations and Dynamics of Deformable Particles in a Liquid Crystal”

Masihhur Laskar, David Jackson, and Kamran Forghani, ” Vapor Phase Growth of Emerging 2D Electronic Materials” (continuing Seed)

Paul Voyles, Izabela Szlufarska, John Perepezko, Lian Yu, Mark Ediger, and Dane Morgan, “Molecular Understanding of Glasses: Structure, Crystallization, and New Materials” (continuing Super Seed)

Event 2/7/15

Join the MRSEC Education Group for Saturday Science Program, "The Science of Badger Athletics"

The upcoming Saturday Science event, The Science of Badger Athletics takes place on Saturday, February 7, from 10a-12pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A partnership between the UW MRSEC, the WID, and Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, the Science of Badger Athletics unveils the science connected to sports, while actively engaging our community's youth from every stage of the education pipeline. It fosters a fun and intellectually stimulating environment with our student athletes, including our Beyond the Game scholars, that brings attention to more than just their athletic prowess and abilities; their brains! 

There will be ample opportunities to engage with hands-on learning experiments, conducted by UW student-athletes, and alongside scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate students. This is a great opportunity for youth (from pre K-16) to see role model scholars in action, who also happen to be athletes at the UW-Madison...a perfect way to embody the holistic view of what it truly means to be a college student athlete; embracing  academic learning and engaging in scholarly and scientific activities and experiments, while also excelling at their sport. This event is for all ages.

More information can be found here
Announcement 1/13/15

Tutorial on computing thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams of alloys

A tutorial on Pandat software will be given by Dr. Chuan Zhang from Computherm LLC. It will take place on January 15th at 1 pm in Materials Science & Engineering Building Room 265.

Pandat is a software package for calculating thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams of alloys. It also includes modules for investigating precipitation and diffusion. ComputTherm LLC is a spin-off company from University of Wisconsin. More information can be found on this website: http://www.computherm.com/about_us

Advanced registration is not required. All are welcome.
Announcement 1/5/15

Opportunities in Materials Informatics Workshop

We are in a materials data revolution that is opening unprecedented opportunities for materials informatics. Join the cross-disciplinary community that integrates materials domain experts and data scientists from all fields—including computer science, statistics, mathematics, chemometrics, bioinformatics—with the focus of expediting the full value of current and future materials data. The goal of this workshop is to highlight exciting applications of informatics in materials science to engage both materials and data scientists in a more integrated community. The workshop will be a brainstorming oriented event with a small number of speakers and plenty of discussion, and we expect it to yield both novel ideas and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Registration is first come first serve, with a cap of 80 participants.

Because of the high level of interest and limited space we recommend registering by Jan
. 9.

More information can be found here.
Announcement 11/18/14

International Research Opportunities for Undergraduates, Summer 2015

The MRSEC is coordinating two opportunities in conjunction with summer research programs at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (TiTech). 3-5 students will be nominated for the TiTech program(s), and up to 4 students will be nominated for the CityU program. Apply for nomination and a MRSEC-sponsored scholarship of $5,000 towards the cost of participation. Submit your application at Scholarships@UW (www.scholarships.wisc.edu) (search "MRSEC"). Application deadline is Januray 16, 2015. For more information click here.

Contact Erin Gill (emgill@wisc.edu) for more information about the TiTech programs (TiROP, SERP). Contact Andy Quackenbush (quackenbush@studyabroad.wisc.edu) for more information about the CityU program and the IAP application process.

Useful links:
MRSEC Flyer 
IAP City University of Hong Kong Exchange website (http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=397)
Summer Research Exchange Programme at City University of Hong Kong (http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/cse/cms/content.aspx?id=cecstuexchinboundsummer&lang=en)
International Exchange Programs at Tokyo Institute of Technology (http://www.eng.titech.ac.jp/english/international/collaborations.html)

Announcement 10/27/14

Fall 2014 Call for Seed Proposals, due October 27, 2014

The MRSEC is soliciting proposals for seed projects to launch new materials research and education directions, or to enhance and expand research programs in the existing IRGs/IEG/ICG.  Awards will be for one year, with the potential for renewal for a second year subject to review by the MRSEC Executive Committee. Typically, projects will support one or two graduate student research assistants or postdoctoral associates and supplies. Requests for support of larger seed projects (“super-seeds”) can also be submitted in circumstances where the seed projects are proposed to have the long-term potential to generate a new IRG. All seed projects must be multidisciplinary and include at least two investigators. 

Proposals must include a description of the project (2 pages), a future-work and strategy section explaining how the proposed seed project could grow or be integrated into a larger multidisciplinary materials research effort (1 page), a budget and budget justification, and 1-page NSF-format biosketches for each participant. Proposals must be submitted by the end of Monday, October 27, 2014 to Erin Gill (emgill@wisc.edu).  Awards will be announced in December, 2014. It is anticipated that several new seed projects will be started this year. 

The full announcement can be found here.
Announcement 10/28/14

Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop (BREW)

Please join us for the 3rd annual Wisconsin MRSEC-sponsored Breakthrough in Research and Education Workshop (BREW) on Friday, October 24, 2014. This MRSEC event aims to explore the latest advances in materials research and translate those research themes into new educational activities.

The meeting will begin with presentations from each of the three MRSEC interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) on the advances made over the past year. Presentations will follow a 40-minute plus 10-minute discussion format in anticipation of the NSF site visit next spring.

The IRG presentations will be followed by the education workshop. This year, we ask each IRG to bring three things from the lab that are interesting (or weird, cool, exciting, odd, etc.) and share them. Items can be a sample, picture, piece of data, etc. and will be used to kick off a discussion on educational activities.

If you have any questions about the IRG presentations, please contact Nick Abbott (abbott@engr.wisc.edu). If you have any questions about the education workshop please contact Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel (gillian@wisc.edu).

The meeting will be held in Tong Auditorium in the Engineering Centers Building starting at 1:00 pm, followed by dinner at Hotel Red.


Register for the event by clicking here.

Event 10/18/14

Join the MRSEC Education Group at the Wisconsin Science Festival

On Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18, the UW MRSEC will lead a series of exploration stations on "The Wonders of Materials Science" as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival. You can find more information here: http://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/wsf-eventview.php?id=1

There is no minimum amount of volunteers required, but the more volunteers we have, the more activities we will be able to present at the festival. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the following survey by Friday, September 19: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aXjOD4QvQZ8U0vz

For more information on the proposed activities for the Wisconsin Science Festival, please click the links below:
Carbon Nanotube Balloon: http://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/62.htm
Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Properties: http://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/90.htm
X-ray Diffraction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hA3y7bIHN8
Ferrofluids: http://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/73.htm
Liquid Crystals: http://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/86.htm
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Also, if you have any ideas for your own exploration station for the event, just let me k
now by emailing Ben Taylor at bltaylor2@wisc.edu. 
Event 9/26/14

Save the Date for the UW Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium (AMIC) Annual Meeting

The 2014 UWAMIC Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 26, 2014. UWAMIC, the MRSEC Industrial Consortium will convene on the UW-Madison campus to establish connections with students, faculty, and facilities staff. Pictured: 2013 UWAMIC Annual Meeting poster session.



Event 6/14

Summer 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programs

The UW MRSEC is holding its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program once again. This summer a total of 40 undergraduate students, including 11 from outside the US, are participating in the program. There will be a poster session/reception on Wednesday, July 30 from 3 - 5 pm in the lobby of the Engineering Centers Building. For the Summer 2014 Calendar of Events click here. For more information please contact REU program director Andrew Greenberg. For information on all REU programs offered at UW-Madison visit the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) page. 

The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program puts middle and high school teachers from Wisconsin and Puerto Rico into materials research facilities at the University in order to 1) enable teachers to be more comfortable with the tools, language, and processes of science and 2) have teachers create learning modules based on their research for use in their classroom. The MRSEC then disseminates those learning modules through our website, field trips, and professional development workshops with the goal of increasing the general public's awareness and involvement in science. This year, teachers will research carbon nanotubes, liquid crystal droplets, imaging amorphous materials, biomimetic antennae, and bacteria in microfluidic devices. The RET 2014 program runs for 7 weeks, from June 16 to August 1. For more information contact Ben Taylor. Pictured: In 2013, Jennifer Wroblewski (2nd from left) worked with Prof Mike Arnold's group to develop an activity for making graphene in her high school chemistry classroom. Here she demonstrates the conductive properties of graphene to her RET cohorts (from left) Noah Edelstein (UW), Milagros Acosta (UPRM), and Diana Rodriguez (UPRM).

Announcement 5/5/14

MRSEC Spring 2014 Seminar Series

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Seminar by Prof. Hong Yang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on "Colloidal Nanostructures of Platinum Group Metals: From Solution Phase Synthesis to Application"
4:00 pm, Room 1610 Engineering Hall

Thursday, May 8, 2014, Seminar by Prof. Steven DenBaars, University of California - Santa Barbara on "Gallium Nitride based Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Laser Diodes for Energy Efficient Lighting"
4:00 pm, Room 265 Materials Science & Engineering Building

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Seminar by Prof. Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University on "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Models of the Emergence of Biological Homochirality"
4:00 pm, Room 1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement 4/16/14

The Interdisciplinary Computational Research Group (ICG) of MRSEC is hosting a monthly seminar series

The next seminar takes place on Monday, April 21st at 3:30 pm in Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering. Come and meet faculty and students who work in the broadly defined area of computational materials.

Fundamental Reaction Mechanistic Studies Towards Improved Catalyst Design: A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Approach

Suyash Singh
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, hosted by Prof. Izabela Szlufarska

Date: Monday, April 21st, 2014
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering

The abstract for the seminar follows, and you can find the full informational flyer here.

Abstract:
The holy grail in heterogeneous catalysis is to understand the relationship between the surface structure and the catalytic activity and selectivity well enough to be able to design improved catalysts. To this end, we adopt a combined theoretical and experimental approach that employs first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations, reaction kinetics experiments, and mean field microkinetic modeling, to first try and develop a complete molecular level understanding of reaction mechanisms, and subsequently design bimetallic alloy catalysts with improved performance (reactivity and selectivity) than the best monometallic catalysts. In this talk, I will discuss a case study that employs Formic Acid (HCOOH) as a model molecule to probe the  reactivity of transition metals, develop trends across the periodic table, determine the optimal catalyst properties, and use this knowledge to develop a computational tool that screens for highly active and selective alloy catalysts.

This is a joint seminar between UW MRSEC Interdisciplinary Computational Group and the Theoretical Chemistry Institute (TCI) at UW-Madison
Announcement 3/5/14

The Interdisciplinary Computational Research Group (ICG) of MRSEC is hosting a monthly seminar series

The next seminar takes place on Monday, March 10th at 3:00 pm in Room 9341 Chemistry building. Come and meet faculty and students who work in the broadly defined area of computational materials.

Predictive Theory of Electronic Structure: Are We There Yet?

Dr. Edward Valeev
Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, hosted by Prof. Qiang Cui

Date: Monday, March 10th, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Room 9341 Chemistry Building

The abstract for the seminar follows, and you can find the full informational flyer here.

Abstract:
Despite the stunning improvement of our ability to model chemistry computationally, the question remains: will we be able to predict - rather than rationalize - experimental outcomes in the foreseeable future? To predictively answer even basic questions relevant to chemists (what's the energy of a chemical bond? what's the activation energy of a reaction? how strong is a van der Waals force?) we must be able to describe surprisingly subtle changes in the electronic structure, with unprecedented precision. Here I will describe how the challenge of predictive simulation can be met, what the current roadblocks are, and the recent work to make possible electronic structure computation of "predictive" quality on hundreds of atoms.

This is a joint seminar between UW MRSEC Interdisciplinary Computational Group and the Theoretical Chemistry Institute (TCI) at UW-Madison

Announcement 5/5/2014

MRSEC Spring 2014 Seminar Series

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Seminar by Prof. Hong Yang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on "Colloidal Nanostructures of Platinum Group Metals: From Solution Phase Synthesis to Application"

4:00 pm, Room 1610 Engineering Hall

Thursday, May 8, 2014, Seminar by Prof. Steven DenBaars, University of California - Santa Barbara on "Gallium Nitride based Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Laser Diodes for Energy Efficient Lighting"

4:00 pm, Room 265 Materials Science & Engineering Building

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Seminar by Prof. Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University on "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Models of the Emergence of Biological Homochirality"

4:00 pm, Room 1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement 4/16/2014

The Interdisciplinary Computational Research Group (ICG) of MRSEC is hosting a monthly seminar series

The next seminar takes place on Monday, April 21st at 3:30 pm in Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering. Come and meet faculty and students who work in the broadly defined area of computational materials.

Fundamental Reaction Mechanistic Studies Towards Improved Catalyst Design: A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Approach

Suyash Singh

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, hosted by Prof. Izabela Szlufarska

Date: Monday, April 21st, 2014
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering

The abstract for the seminar follows, and you can find the full informational flyer here.

Abstract:
The holy grail in heterogeneous catalysis is to understand the relationship between the surface structure and the catalytic activity and selectivity well enough to be able to design improved catalysts. To this end, we adopt a combined theoretical and experimental approach that employs first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations, reaction kinetics experiments, and mean field microkinetic modeling, to first try and develop a complete molecular level understanding of reaction mechanisms, and subsequently design bimetallic alloy catalysts with improved performance (reactivity and selectivity) than the best monometallic catalysts. In this talk, I will discuss a case study that employs Formic Acid (HCOOH) as a model molecule to probe the reactivity of transition metals, develop trends across the periodic table, determine the optimal catalyst properties, and use this knowledge to develop a computational tool that screens for highly active and selective alloy catalysts.

This is a joint seminar between UW MRSEC Interdisciplinary Computational Group and the Theoretical Chemistry Institute (TCI) at UW-Madison

Announcement 3/5/2014

The Interdisciplinary Computational Research Group (ICG) of MRSEC is hosting a monthly seminar series

The next seminar takes place on Monday, March 10th at 3:00 pm in Room 9341 Chemistry building. Come and meet faculty and students who work in the broadly defined area of computational materials.

Predictive Theory of Electronic Structure: Are We There Yet?

Dr. Edward Valeev
Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, hosted by Prof. Qiang Cui

Date: Monday, March 10th, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Room 9341 Chemistry Building

The abstract for the seminar follows, and you can find the full informational flyer here.

Abstract:
Despite the stunning improvement of our ability to model chemistry computationally, the question remains: will we be able to predict - rather than rationalize - experimental outcomes in the foreseeable future? To predictively answer even basic questions relevant to chemists (what's the energy of a chemical bond? what's the activation energy of a reaction? how strong is a van der Waals force?) we must be able to describe surprisingly subtle changes in the electronic structure, with unprecedented precision. Here I will describe how the challenge of predictive simulation can be met, what the current roadblocks are, and the recent work to make possible electronic structure computation of "predictive" quality on hundreds of atoms.

This is a joint seminar between UW MRSEC Interdisciplinary Computational Group and the Theoretical Chemistry Institute (TCI) at UW-Madison

Announcement 9/23/2013

Anomalous Dynamic Behaviors of Colliods in Complex Systems

Dr.Bong June Sung
Department of Chemistry
Sogang University
The monthly semeniar series is hosted by the Interdisciplinary Computational Research Group (ICG) of MRSEC.

Monday, September 23, 2013, 3:30pm
1106 Mechanical Engineering Building

Announcement 9/27/2013

UW MRSEC Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop (BREW)


Ian Robertson
Dean of the College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, September 27, 2013, 1:00 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street                   

Announcement 7/10/2013

IRG3 research of the Wisconsin MRSEC is featured on the cover of JACS

IRG3 research of the Wisconsin MRSEC is featured on the cover of the July 10, 2013 issue of JACS (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (27), pp 9972–9975, DOI: 10.1021/ja4022182). The research covers, "“Predictable defects that form at the poles of micrometer-sized droplets of liquid crystal dispersed in water are used to bind colloids to the droplets. Subsequent polymerization of the droplets leads to solid particles with controlled shape and chemical patches that can be tailored by varying the composition of the colloids.” 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

You can view an image of the cover here.                   

Announcement 5/28/2013

Professor David Lynn receives Young Investigator Award

Izabela Szlufarska, J.R.Schmidt, Irena Knezevic, Dane Morgan
Interdisciplinary Computational Group (ICG)
UW-MRSEC

Agenda PDF          More info here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 8:55am-3:00pm
Memorial Union 4th Floor, "Class of 1924 Reception Room"

Announcement 2/25/2013                 

UW MRSEC Professional Development Series hosts Tim Miller. Watch recordings of talks here.

Tim Miller
UW-MRSEC

MRSEC Professional Development Seminar - 02/25/13 - Miller

MRSEC Professional Development Seminar - 02/27/13 - Miller 

Monday, February 25, 2013 & Wednesday 27, 2013

Announcement: Friday, November 9, 2012

Professor David Lynn receives Young Investigator Award
Professor David will give an award lecture at the Fall 2013 ACS meeting in Indianapolis.

More info here

Announcement: Thursday, November 29, 2012

MRSEC NanoVenture game translated into Russian
The MRSEC developed NanoVenture game has been translated into Russian.  Now Russian speaking students all over the world will have access to this acedemic tool.  Below are links to the two boards in Russian. 

Borad 1 (pdf)     Board 2 (pdf)

Announcement: Friday,  November 9, 2012

MRSEC Member Named APS Fellow
Rachel Goldman, member of IRG1 of the MRSEC, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. 

More info here.

Announcement: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

UW MRSEC Professional Development Series available to watch online

The UW-Madison MRSEC has the professional development series available to be viewed online at the following links:  

-UW MRSEC Professional Development Seminar: DELTA program

-From the Ivory Tower to the Golden Cubicle: Skills for Transitioning from Academia to Industry - Kershner

-Communication and Conflict Management Skills for the Workplace - 11/07/12 - Webne-Behrman

 

Announcement: Friday,  October 22, 2012

Call for Proposal Seed Projects for Materials Research Science & Engineering Center

The UW-Madison MRSEC will have a seed competition this fall for projects that complement or extend the center's scope. The deadline for submission of proposals is October 15, 2012. Interested faculty are welcome to contact MRSEC IRG leaders, Paul Evans, or Nick Abbott. Please see PDF for full instructions and information.  

MRSEC Fall 2012 Call for Seed Proposals (PDF) 

Announcement: October 10th-11th, 2012

UW Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium Annual Meeting

The UW Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium will have its annual meeting.  This two day event will have multiple poster sessions covering research by affiliated research groups.  There will be presentations by research group leaders as well as a member showcase session.  Below is a PDF of the agenda.

Agenda PDF

October 10th-11th, 2012
4:00pm Engineering Hall Lobby                   

Announcement: Monday, October 1, 2012

UW MRSEC Logo Design Competition


Please observe the following guidelines when designing your logo. The logo should:
1) contain the words UW and MRSEC.
2) have the UW red incorporated somewhere http://www.uc.wisc.edu/brand/web/colors.php/ .
3) be simple enough that it can be scaled down to fit on small items like refrigerator magnets and buttons.
4) be clearly linked to the UW MRSEC.
Winners will be chosen based upon their idea, not the rendering of that idea. Please send your logo ideas to AGILLIAN@wisc.edu by Oct. 5.

Announcement: Friday, September 21, 2012, 1:00pm

"Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop" UW MRSEC BREW
Research from the many facets of the UW MRSEC group will be presented by each IRG.  Also, there will be a presentation by the Interdisciplinary Education Group and a poster session.  Dinner will be in Union South with keynote speaker, David Nelson.  Below is a PDF with the Agenda.

Agenda PDF

Friday, September 21, 2012, 1:00pm

Engineering Hall 1610

Announcement: Thursday, September 13, 2012

Call for Proposal Seed Projects for Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center

We are soliciting proposals for seed projects that will allow us to enhance existing research programs. Projects are typically awarded for one year, with the possibility of a one year extension. In order to be considered for this funding cycle, proposals must be received by October 1 st of 2012. Please see PDF for full instructions and information.  

Seed Proposal Instructions and Information (PDF)

Announcement: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ryan Kershner, Product Manager-Thermo Fisher Scientific

From the ivory tower to the golden cubicle: skills for transitioning to academia to industry

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 (12:00pm @ Tong Auditorium in ECB)

Announcement: Wednesday, Novembr 7, 2012

Office of Human Resources and Development

Communication in the Workplace

Wednesday, Novembr 7, 2012 (12:00pm @ Tong Auditorium in ECB)

Announcement: Wednesday December 5, 2011

Writing Center and Faculty Member

Scientific Writing Workshop

Wednesday December 5, 2011 (12:00pm @ Tong Auditorium in ECB)

Announcement: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Electrochemical Synthesis of Electrode Materials with Controlled Compositions and Architectures for use in Clean Energy Production


Kyoung-Shin Choi
Department of Chemistry
Purdue University
In association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 12:15pm
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Statics and Dynamics of Colloidal Particles in Liquid Crystals


Oleg Lavrentovich
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University
In association with the UW Materials Science Program

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 4:00pm
265 Materials Science & Engineering Bldg

Announcement: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Electrochemical Synthesis of Electrode Materials with Controlled Compositions and Architectures for use in Clean Energy Production


Kyoung-Shin Choi
Department of Chemistry
Purdue University
In association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 12:15pm
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ferry Lecture
David Tirrell
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology
In association with the UW Departments of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 3:30pm
1800 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Friday, April 1, 2011

Dynamics of Confined Liquid Crystals: Droplets and NanoParticles


Juan Hernandez-Ortiz
Department of Materials
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
In association with the UW Rheology Research Center

Friday, April 1, 2011, 12:05pm
1800 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Putting Chemistry to Work for Nano and Miomedical Research


Younan Xia
Department of Chemistry
Washington University in St. Louis
In association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 12:15pm
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Molecular Engineering of Conjugated Polymers to Reach Higher Efficiency “Plastic Solar Cell
Wei You
Department of Chemistry
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
In association with the UW Materials Science Program

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 4:00pm
265 Materials Science & Engineering Bldg

Announcement: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hybrid Nanostructures for Controlling Charge Separation


Moonsub Shim
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In association with the UW Materials Science Program

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 4:00pm
265 Materials Science & Engineering Bldg

Announcement: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Simulations of Self-Assembly in Surfactant, Nanoparticle and Polymer Systems


Athanassios Panagiotopoulos
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Princeton University
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 9:30am
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Colloids


Nicholas Kotov
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 9:30am
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 11:00am

Polymer Micelles and Gels in Ionic Liquids: New Opportunities in Science and Engineering


Timothy Lodge
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Minnesota
In association with the UW Rheology Research Center

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 11:00am
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Monday, October 11, 2010, 3:45pm

Device Physics and Applications of Intersubband Transitions in Wide-Bandgap Nitride Semiconductors


Roberto Paiella
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Photonic Center
Boston University
In association with the UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Monday, October 11, 2010, 3:45pm
2317 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Saturday, October 9, 2010, 8:15am-4:00pm

Fifth Upper Midwest MRSEC Symposium


"Nanostructures in Soft Matter"
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
For more details, visit http://www.mrsec.umn.edu/index.php

Announcement: Wednesday, October 6 & Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 UW Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium Annual Meeting


Reception and poster session Wednesday at 6:00pm; presentations beginning at 8:00am on Thursday
See the complete agenda for additional details
RSVP by emailing kedebruin@wisc.edu no later than Tuesday, September 28

Wednesday, October 6 & Thursday, October 7, 2010
Engineering Centers Building , Research Auditorium & Lobby

Announcement: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 9:30am

Block Copolymer Thin Films: Shear Alignment and Applications in Nanofabrication


Richard Register
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Princeton University
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 9:30am
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Friday, October 1, 2010, 12:05pm

New Measures for Characterizing Viscoelastic Materials using Large Amplitude Oscillatory Shear (LAOS) Deformation


Randy Ewoldt
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Minnesota
In association with the UW Rheology Research Center

Friday, October 1, 2010, 12:05pm
1800 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 11:00am

Pathways to More Efficient Organic Solar Cells: What We Can Learn by Watching Electrons Move in Real Time


John Ashbury
Department of Chemistry
Pennsylvania State University
In association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 11:00am
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 12:15pm

Photoinduced Processes in Semiconductor Nanocrystals with Analogies to Supramolecular Chemistry


Gregory Scholes
Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto
Senior Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry
In association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 11:00am
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 10:00am

Spin, Charge and Orbital Ordering in Transition Metal Compounds: New Insights Obtained by Resonant X-ray Diffraction


Ioannis Zegkinoglou
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Stuttgart, Germany
In association with the UW Department of Physics

Thursday, September 9, 2010, 10:00am
5310 Chamberlain Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 9:30am

Designing Omniphobic Surfaces for Super-Repellency and Friction Reduction


Gareth McKinley
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 9:30am
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 9:30am

The Design of Solvent-Based Reactive Systems: From Molecules to Process


Claire Adjiman
Department of Chemical Engineering
Imperial College, London
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 9:30am
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 3:30pm

Combinatorial Approach to Materials Discovery


Ichiro Takeuchi
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Maryland
In association with the UW Department Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 3:30pm
265 Materials Science and Engineering Building

Announcement: Monday, April 12, 2010, 3:45pm

Carbon Nanoelectronics: Towards Energy-Efficient Computing


Eric Pop 
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In association with the UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Monday, April 12, 2010, 3:45pm
2317 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 9:30am

Engineered Protein Therapeutics and Diagnostic Agents Inspired by Nature


Jennifer Cochran
Department of Bioengineering
Stanford University
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 9:30am
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Monday, March 8, 2010, 3:45pm

Scaling FETs beyond 10nm: Semiclassical to Quantum Transport Models


Massimo Fischetti
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
In association with the UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Monday, March 8, 2010, 3:45pm
2317 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 3:30pm

Macromolecular Surfactants


Frank Bates
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Minnesota
Ferry Lecture, in association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 3:30pm
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:00am

From Quantum Electronics to Quantum Nanofluidics


Guillaume Gervais
Department of Physics
McGill University
In association with the UW Department of Physics

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:00am
5310 Chamberlain Hall

Announcement: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 3:30pm

The Importance of Nanostructure in Determining Interfacial Energy


Francesco Stellacci
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In association with the UW Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 3:30pm
265 Materials Science and Engineering Building

Announcement: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:00pm

Molecular Aspects of Mussel Protein Adhesion and Design of Biologically Inspired Polymers


Phil Messersmith
Professor
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Northwestern University
In association with the UW Materials Science Program

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:00pm
265 Materials Science & Engineering

Announcement: Thursday, November 5, 2009, 4:00pm

New Ways of Measuring Light at the Nanoscale


Alex Liddle
Nanofabrication Research Group Leader
Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology
National Institute of Standards & Technology
In association with the UW Materials Science Program

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 4:00pm
265 Materials Science & Engineering

Announcement: Monday, November 2 & Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2009 UW Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium Annual Meeting

Monday, November 2 & Tuesday, November 3, 2009
1610 Engineering Hall & Lobby

Announcement: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 11:00am

Ultrafast Charge Transfer at Molecule/Quantum Dot Interface: Towards Multi-Exciton Dissociation


Tim Lian
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Emory University
In association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 11:00am
1315 Chemistry

Announcement: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4:00pm

Mechanochemically Active Polymers


Nancy Sottos
Professor
Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In association with the UW Materials Science Program

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4:00pm
265 Materials Science & Engineering

Announcement: Monday, October 12, 2009, 3:45pm

Optoelectronic Properties of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Systems for Various Sensing Applications


Mitra Dutta
Professor & Head of Department
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago
In association with the UW Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Monday, October 12, 2009, 3:45pm
1227 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 4:00pm

Kinetics-Controlled Nanoscale Materials Processing


Hanchen Huang
Professor
Center for Integrated Electronics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
In association with the UW Materials Science Program

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 4:00pm
265 Materials Science & Engineering

Announcement: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 4:00pm

Design of Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Materials


Mark Davis
Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology
Kramer Lecture, in association with the UW Departments of Chemistry, Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 4:00pm
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Wednesday, May 6 & Thursday, May 7, 2009

2009 UW-MRSEC External Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 6 & Thursday, May 7, 2009
1610 Engineering Hall & Lobby

Announcement: Saturday, April 25, 2009

Midwest MRSEC Symposium


Presentations by MRSEC graduate students from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin

Saturday, April 25, 2009
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: April 23-24, 2009

Hougen Symposium on Frontiers of Liquid Crystals


For additional information please visit: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/che/hougensymposium_2009.pdf
**registration is required**
Co-Sponsored by UW-MRSEC and the Hougen Professorship Fund of the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

April 23-24, 2009
1610 Engineering Hall & Lobby

Announcement: Friday, March 27, 2009, 12:05 PM

Optimal Swimming and Crawling at Low Reynolds Numbers


Anette Hosoi
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In association with the UW Rheology Research Center

Friday, March 27, 2009, 12:05 PM
1800 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:05 PM

Microfluidics Enhanced Sythesis for Bio-compatible Nonporous Materials


Amy Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
In association with the UW Rheology Research Center

Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:05 PM
1800 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 11:00 AM

The Art and Science of Supercooling: Ideal Glassformers vs Ideal Glasses


C. Austen Angell
Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Arizona State University
In association with the UW Department of Chemistry

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 11:00 AM
1315 Chemistry Building

Announcement: Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 4:00 PM

Controlling the Activity and Selectivity of Catalytically Active Sites: Insights Gained from Experiments and Theory


Alexis T. Bell
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California Berkeley
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 4:00 PM
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 4:00 PM

Tunable Microenvironments for Regenerative Medicine


Lonnie D. Shea
Professor
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Northwestern University
In association with the UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 4:00 PM
1610 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Friday, February 6, 2009, 12:05 PM

On the Stupendous Beauty of Closure


Hans Christian Oettinger
Professor
Department of Materials
Institute of Polymers, Zurich, Switzerland
In association with the UW Rheology Research Center

Friday, February 6, 2009, 12:05 PM
1800 Engineering Hall

Announcement: Thursday, January 29, 2009, 10:00 AM

What Can We Learn from Spin-dependent Shot Noise in Semiconductor and Grapheme Nanostructures?


Branislav Nikolic
Associate Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Delaware
In association with the UW Department of Physics

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 10:00 AM
5310 Chamberlin Hall