Colloquia Series

The Materials Science & Engineering Department’s Graduate Colloquia series is a weekly seminar that brings speakers from academia, national labs and industry to discuss a wide range of materials-related research topics. All are welcome to attend; registration is not required.

Fall Semester 2020

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, it will not be possible for speakers to travel to campus this year, so CWRU is participating in a virtual series with other universities around the country, entitled the North American Materials Colloquium Series.  This semester’s speakers are outstanding  PhD students and postdoctoral scholars from universities around the country, speaking about a wide range of topics.

Presentations will take place via Zoom on Thursdays from 3:00-4:15 and on Fridays from 4:00-5:15 (the same presentation both days).  The two sessions each week will include the week’s prerecorded lecture, live introductions and Q&A sessions.  Some sessions will have one speaker making a 50 minute presentation, and others will have two speakers making 25 minute presentations.  Prerecorded seminars will be available for viewing at any time.

Contact Professor Bud Baeslack with questions. 

This semester's speakers are:

September 10 and 11: Ruopeng Zhang, Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley - “Imaging of Chemical Short-range Order and Its Impact on Deformation in Structural Alloys”

September 17 and 18: Andrew Meng, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania - “Manufacturing of Advanced Materials for the 21st Century”

September 24 and 25: Hande Ozcan, Postdoctoral Researcher, Texas A&M University - “Oligocrystalline FeMnAlNi Shape Memory Alloys: Microstructural Evolution, Scale-up, Magnetic Sensing”

October 1 and 2: Shane Lindemann, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin–Madison - “Giant Piezo-Driven Multiferroic Heterostructures by Design”

Anna Dorner, Graduate Student, Missouri University of Science and Technology - “Solute Characterization of (Zr,Ta)B2 Ceramics”

October 8 and 9: Shanshan Wang, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ohio State University - “The Subsurface Structure of Abraded Al Alloys and its Influences on Corrosion”

October 15 and 16: Kayla A. Cooley, Graduate Student, Penn State - “The Effect of Metal Incorporation on Properties and Critical Interfaces in GeTe-Based Devices”

October 22 and 23: Mark T. Schnepper, Graduate Student, University of Central Florida - “Non-linear Inverse Liquid-Solid Chromatography as a Methodology to Characterize Drug Concentration Losses to Polymeric Materials Used in Body-on-a-Chip Devices for Drug Discovery”

Jingyi Luan, Graduate Student, Washington University in St. Louis - “Ultrabright Plasmonic-fluor as a Cross-platform Nanolabel for Femtomolar Detection of Bioanalytes”

October 29 and 30: Diptak Bhattacharya, Graduate Student, Colorado School of Mines - “Liquid Metal Embrittlement Susceptibility of Zn-Coated Advanced High Strength Steels”

November 5 and 6: Emmanuel Okogbue, Graduate Student, University of Central Florida - “Mechanically Reconfigurable Materials and Devices Based on 2D TMD Layers”

Paraskevi Flouda, Graduate Student, Texas A&M University - “Structural Supercapacitor Electrodes Based on Reduced Functionalized Graphene Oxide”

November 12 and 13: Christopher E. Shuck, Postdoctoral Researcher, Drexel University - “MAX Phases as Precursors to New MXenes”

November 19 and 20: Brianna L. Musicó, Graduate Student, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - “High Entropy Oxides: The Multicomponent Materials, Their Synthesis, and Properties”

Wenxiang Chen, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign - “Strain-Induced Electrochemical Inhomogeneity in Cathode Nanoparticles Revealed at Atomic Level”

December 3 and 4: Chao Lang, Postdoctoral Researcher, Penn State - “Soft Materials from Block Copolymer Self-assembly: From Bioinspired Membranes to Hierarchically-Structured Hydrogels”

Sridhar Niverty, Postdoctoral Researcher, Purdue University - “Four Dimensional (4D) Microstructural and Electrochemical Characterization of Corrosion in High Performance Light Metal Alloys”

December 10 and 11: Rebekah I. Webster, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Virginia - “Mixed Phase Ytterbium Silicate Environmental-Barrier Coatings for Improved Calcium–Magnesium–Alumino-Silicate Resistance”

December 17 and 18: Shiteng Zhao, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley - “Nonequilibrium Deformation and Engineering of Materials”