Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 10/23/2007
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)
Professor Paul Alivisatos
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
[This is a CCNY/Columbia NSF-IGERT Soft Materials seminar]
Over the previous decade, new techniques emerged which permit the synthesis of inorganic nanocrystals with well controlled site and shape and even connectivity (branched) and topology (nested). These nanocrystals exhibit strangely sized dependent properties, and can be considered a type of “artificial atom,” with controlled density of states. Present work is focusing on bringing these “atoms” together to form nanocrystal molecules. Application of nanocrystal molecules in biological imaging and renewable energy will be described.
BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND:
Professor Alivisatos' research seeks to understand the structural, thermodynamic, optical, and electrical properties of these inorganic crystals of nanometer size. He has received many awards for his contributions to the field of Nanotechnology, the most recent being election into the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts, and the 2005 ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry.