Department Seminar

Upcoming Seminar

Nanocrystal Self-Assembly: Designing Materials with Complexity and Function
Dr. Andrea Tao, UC San Diego

March 6, 2024
4:00pm-5:00pm in HSCI-105

Andrea Tao

Self-assembly is a technologically relevant and emerging method for engineering matter at different length scales. I will present our work on the assembly of colloidal nanocrystals, where competitive interparticle and interface-particle interactions are modulated to achieve new and interesting mesoscopic architectures. In particular, I will discuss our efforts to assemble lattices of metal nanocrystals where the resulting mesostructure is open, porous, and highly interconnected and show how such structures can give rise to unique optical and optoelectronic properties.

silver nanocubes
Fig. Silver nanocubes arranged into nanoscale junctions form high-quality optical resonators.

Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 4:00pm. All are invited to attend.

Seminar Coordinator

For information and suggestions about our Department Seminar series, please contact the seminar coordinator:

Dr. Fangyuan Tian


The following is the schedule for Spring 2024.

Seminar Schedule
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
March 6, 2024 Nanocrystal Self-Assembly: Designing Materials with Complexity and Function Dr. Andrea Tao, UC San Diego
March 13, 2024 (topic: atmosphere chemistry) Sarah Kavassalis, Harvey Mudd College
March 20, 2024 (topic: organic synthesis) Daniel Bercovici, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
March 27, 2024 (topic: computational chemistry) Yuezhi Mao, San Diego State University
April 10, 2024 (topic: batteries) Shane Ardo, UC Irvine
April 17, 2024 (topic: food chemistry) Margy Merryfield, CSU Long Beach
April 24, 2024 Photochemistry in Natural and Engineered Environmental Systems Garrett McKay, Texas A&M University
May 1, 2024 Introduction of Defects and Ligands into a Metal Organic Framework Lauren Benz, University of San Diego
May 8, 2024 (topic: inorganic chemistry) Joshua Figueroa, UC San Diego

Previous Seminars

Previous Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
February 28, 2024 Measurement in Chemistry Education: Examining the Past and Supporting the Future Dr. Regis Komperda, San Diego State University
February 14, 2024 From Ab Initio Data to Action: Leveraging Many-Body Potentials for Realistic Simulations of Water Harvesting and Carbon Capture Using Metal-Organic Frameworks Dr. Francesco Paesani, UC San Diego

The Seminar Archive has Department Seminars from previous semesters.

The Department Seminar is supported by The Allergan Foundation.