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SEMINAR SERIES: Jeffery R. Alston, PhD

February 22 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Interfacing with the Nanoscale

Jeffery R. Alston, PhD; Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering

We can engineer nanomaterials with a seemingly infinite variety of interesting properties.
Limited only by our imagination, these possibilities inspire new capabilities in all scientific
disciplines from chemistry, biology, physics, engineering and medicine. However, a unifying
challenge exists across these disciplines: How do we apply our nanomaterials in macroscale
systems, and effectively translate their properties and phenomena? To meet this challenge we must understand and intelligently design the interface between our nanoscale features and our systems of interest. Through intelligent design of surface terminations and functional groups we can influence quantum phenomena like band-gaps and trap-states. By controlling interfacial tension of ternary mixtures, we can engineer nanoparticle size and shape, and influence pharmacokinetics, degradation pathways and targeting specificity. By tailoring the chemistry and features of nanostructured surfaces we can change surface energy, and influence mass and heat transfer in engineered systems. This presentation highlights our groups current projects in nanointerface engineering.


February 22
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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