Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Graduate Seminars

Seminars will be held on Fridays from 9:30 am to 10:20 am in Room 102 Benedum Engineering Hall *unless otherwise indicated.  

Refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the seminars.  

Date Information
January
14th
Friday
Donna G. Blackmond

Professor, Department of Chemistry

The Scripps Research Institute  


Models for the Origin of Biological Homochirality
January
21st
Friday
Cancelled
January
28th
Friday
Cancelled
February
3rd
*Thursday
Narayan Aluru

Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Multiscale Simulation of Liquids Under Confinement
February
11th
Friday
Daniel A. Hammer

Alfred G. and Meta A. Ennis Professor
Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Pennsylvania


Polymer Vesicles
February
18th
Friday
David Schaffer
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering &
The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
University of California at Berkeley
Co-Director, Berkeley Stem Cell Center
Molecular Engineering of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Cues to Control Stem Cell Function
February
25th
Friday
Peijun Zhang
Assistant Professor, Department of Structural Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3D Electron Microscopy of Bio-nano Materials
March
4th
Friday
Roberta A. Luxbacher

Vice President, Global Industrial and Wholesale

ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Company


The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2030
March
18th
Friday
Evan J. Granite

National Energy Technology Laboratory

United States Department of Energy


Palladium Sorbents for High Temperature Capture of Mercury, Arsenic, Selenium and Phosphorous from Fuel Gas
March
25th
Friday
Rachel S. Goldman

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Physics

University of Michigan  


Ion-Induced Transformations on Compound Semiconductor Surfaces
April
1st
Friday
Zhiyong Gu

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering and

CHN/NCOE Nanomanufacturing Center

University of Massachusetts - Lowell


Synthesis and Development of Lead-free Nano-solders for Nanoscale Joining and Nanoelectronics Assembly
April
7th
*Thursday
Professor James A. Dumesic

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

University of Wisconsin - Madison


Strategies for Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-derived Carbohydrates to Hydrogen and Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels
April
8th
Friday
Professor James A. Dumesic

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

University of Wisconsin - Madison


Routes for production of liquid transportation fuels by catalytic generation and conversion of γ-valerolactone
April
15th
Friday
John M. Torkelson

Walter P. Murphy Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Northwestern University


Dramatic Effects of Nanoscale Confinement on the Glass Transition, Physical Aging, and Diffusion in Polymer Films and Nanocomposites
April
15th
Friday
Padma Rajagopalan
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
VT-WFU School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Virginia Tech
Polyelectrolyte Multilayers in Hepatic Tissue Engineering

 

 

Seminars will be held on Fridays from 9:30 am to 10:20 am in Room 102 Benedum Engineering Hall *unless otherwise indicated.  

 

Refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the seminars.  

 

 



Date Information
January
20th
Friday
James F. Gilchrist

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology 

 Engineered Particles Institute 

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 


Convective Assembly of Nanostructured Materials for Energy and BioMEMS Applications
January
27th
Friday
Igor Aronson

Senior Scientist 

Argonne National Laboratory 

aronson@anl.gov 


Active Magnetic Colloids: from Self-Assembled Swimmers
February
3rd
Friday
Mark D. Foster
Professor of Polymer Science
Associate Dean, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Director, Akron Global Polymer Academy
University of Akron

Surface Dynamics of Polymer Melts: Effect of Branching
February
10th
Friday
Neil Forbes
Chemical Engineering Department
University of Massachusetts Amherst

forbes@ecs.umass.edu 

 


Engineered strategies to overcome therapeutic resistance in solid tumors
February
17th
Friday
Brian P. Grady

 President's Associate  

Presidential Professor  

School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering  


Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites: Effect of Nanotubes on Polymer Physics
February
24th
Friday
Akila Gothandaraman

Akila Gothandaraman and

Albert DeFusco 

Center for Simulation and Modeling (SaM) 

University of Pittsburgh 


High-Performance Computing at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Simulation and Modeling
March
16th
Friday
Michael W Finnis

Deputy Director, Thomas Young Centre

London Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials

Imperial College London


Michael W Finnis
March
22nd
*Thursday
Arup K. Chakraborty
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biological Engineering at MIT.
How to hit HIV where it hurts
March
23rd
Friday
Arup K. Chakraborty
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biological Engineering at MIT
Understanding adaptive immunity: A crossroad of the physical, life, and engineering sciences

 

 

Seminars will be held on Fridays from 9:30 am to 10:20 am in Room 102 Benedum Engineering Hall *unless otherwise indicated.  

 

Refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the seminars.  

 

 



Date Information
September
7th
Friday
Michael Shirts

Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Virginia


Why can't we engineer drugs on a computer yet?
September
14th
Friday
Xiong Gong

Department of Polymer Engineering

The University of Akron


Towards high performance polymer photovoltaic cells
September
21st
Friday
Patrick Spicer

Microstructured Fluids Group

Procter and Gamble Co.

West Chester, OH


Droplet deposition from consumer and medical products
September
28th
Friday
Sindee Simon

Department of Chemical Engineering

Texas Tech University


Nanoconfined polymerization: Reaction kinetics and properties
October
5th
Friday
Jaehong Kim

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology


Two Approaches to Achieve Visible Light Upconversion for Environmental Application
October
9th
*Tuesday
Xiaohua Lu

State Key Laboratory of Materials-oriented Chemical Engineering  

Nanjing University of Technology 


Fundamental research on high-efficient carbon capture in biogas production
October
12th
Friday
Raj Rao

Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University


Challenges and Approaches in Developing Scalable Culture Systems for Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
October
26th
Friday
Suljo Linic

Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Michigan


Designing efficient heterogeneous (photo)catalysis by controlling the size, shape, and optical properties of metal nanoparticles
November
9th
Friday
Carl Laird

Department of Chemical Engineering

Texas A&M University


Parallel Algorithms for Optimization: Emerging Architectures and Applications
November
16th
Friday
John Rehr

Department of Physics

University of Washington


Dynamic structure of supported Pt and Pt-Sn nanoclusters: Real-time, finite-temperature DFT/MD and X-ray Spectroscopy simulations
November
30th
Friday
Aline Miller

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

University of Manchester

United Kingdom


Engineering Functional and Responsive Peptide Based Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine
December
7th
Friday
Lei Li

Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

University of Pittsburgh


Lei Li