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.

Spring Semester 2021

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:

February 4 and 5
Shiteng Zhao, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley - “Nonequilibrium Deformation and Engineering of Materials”

February 11 and 12
Caroline E. Reilly, Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara - “Metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy of indium nitride quantum dots for infrared light-emitters”

February 18 and 19
Magdalena Laurien, Ph.D. Candidate, McMaster University - “Predicting opto-electronic properties of next-generation 2D materials”
John Cavin, Graduate Research Assistant, Washington University in St. Louis - “Design of 2D transition metal dichalcogenide alloys for electrocatalysis”

February 25 and 26
Lin Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn State - “Compact bio-inspired nanoscale textures reduce contact time of bouncing droplets”
Nilab Azim, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Central Florida - “Polymer functionalized 3D microelectrode array (MEA) biosensors”

March 4 and 5
Marie A. Charpagne, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara - “New insights on structure, properties and processing of metallic materials informed by multi-modal data merging”

March 11 and 12
Nathaniel Huygen, Research Associate, National Brick Research Center, Clemson University - “Impact of microstructure and physical properties on the thermal properties of fired clay brick”
Steven K. Kauwe, Ph. D. Candidate, University of Utah - “Accuracy, uncertainty, inspectibility: learning with compositionally-restricted attention-based networks”

March 18 and 19
Sarah Innes-Gold, Graduate Student, University of California, Santa Barbara - “Polyelectrolytes with condensed multivalent ions ignore bulk ionic strength”
Jiaqi Liu, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania - “Liquid crystallinity in responsive soft materials: embedding intelligence via anisotropy”

March 25 and 26
Miaosheng Wang, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - “Integrating the spin, energy, and polarization parameters towards advanced organic optoelectronics”

April 1 and 2
Sanjay Nanda, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin - “Dynamics of lithium deposition in lithium-sulfur batteries and strategies for enhancing lithium cycling efficiencies”

April 8 and 9
Yiqing Xia, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Davis - “Thermodynamic and kinetic transition of liquids in nanoconfinement”

April 15 and 16
Hari Padmanabhan, Ph. D. Candidate, Penn State - “Ultrafast optical control of magnetism in a quantum material”
Jonathan Priedeman, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Alabama - “The influence of alloying in stabilizing a faceted grain boundary structure”