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Student Hosted Colloquia: Professor Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University

April 24, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Sapp Center Lecture Hall

Student Hosted Colloquia: Professor Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University, Sapp Center Lecture Hall, 4:30pm (Host: Anton Sinitskiy) ** This seminar is sponsored by Dow

About the Seminar:

"Everything SLIPS: Design of Novel Omniphobic Materials"

Liquids entrapped within a nanostructured solid begin to exhibit unique behaviors often providing the surrounding material with unprecedented properties. Recently we have introduced a new technology to create self-healing, anti-fouling materials (so-called Slippery, Lubricant-Infused Porous Surfaces, or SLIPS).  These bioinspired coatings, which mimic slippery surfaces of a pitcher plant, outperform state-of-the-art materials in their ability to resist ice and microbial adhesion, repel various simple and complex liquids, prevent marine fouling, or reduce drag. Generalized chemical design principles to create stable, shear-tolerant SLIPS on metals, ceramics, glass, fabrics and polymers will be discussed.  We anticipate that slippery surfaces can find important applications as antifouling materials in medicine, construction, naval and aircraft industries, fluid handling and transportation, optical sensing, and as antifouling surfaces against highly contaminating media operating in extreme environments.

Select publications: T.-S. Wong et al. Nature 477 (2011); A.K Epstein et al. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 109 (2012); P. Kim et al. ACS Nano 6 (2012); X. Yao et al. Nature Mater. 12 (2013); P. Kim et al. Nano Lett. 13 (2013); D. Daniel et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 102 (2013); N. Vogel et al. Nature Comm. 4 (2013); C. Shillingford et al. Nanotechnology 25 (2014); S. Sunny et al.  Adv. Funct. Mater. 24 (2014); D.C. Leslie et al.  Nature Biotech. 32 (2014); J. Cui et al. Nature Mater. 14 (2015); X. Hou et al. Nature 519 (2015); A.B. Tesler et al. Nature Comm. 6 (2015); K.C. Park et al. Nature 531 (2016); S. Sunny et al. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA (2016).


About the Speaker:

Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, pursues a broad range of research interests that include biomimetics, self-assembly, smart materials, bio-nano interfaces, crystal engineering, surface chemistry, nanofabrication, biomineralization, biomechanics and biooptics. She received the B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1981, the M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry in 1984 from Moscow State University, and the Ph.D. degree in Structural Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996.

Joanna is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and Platform Leader in the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard University. She has served at the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and at the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. She served on the Advisory Board of Langmuir and Chemistry of Materials, on Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine, and is an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Materials.

Aizenberg is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; and she is a Fellow of American Physical Society and Materials Research Society. Dr. Aizenberg received numerous awards from the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society, including Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, Ronald Breslow Award for the Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, Arthur K. Doolittle Award in Polymeric Materials, ACS Industrial Innovation Award, and was recognized with two R&D 100 Awards for best innovations in 2012 and 2013 for the invention of a novel class of omniphobic materials and watermark ink technologies. 

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