Welcome to Nano@Wayne, a website that provides information on various nanoscience and nanotechnology initiatives at Wayne State University. Our faculty researchers come from diverse fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Science, and Physics. Many collaborate in the areas of NanoDevices, NanoMaterials, and NanoBioMedicine, where WSU strives to make noteworthy contributions to new knowledge and technology. Please follow the links to our faculty and their departments. You can also view our faculty interests and publications, as well as our instrumentation and facilities.
We have initiated a seminar series comprised of outstanding speakers from around the country as well as from our own faculty, and welcome your participation. The seminars are available for viewing on-line, as well as real time so you can participate in the Q&A sessions.
WSU nanoscience faculty meet regularly to discuss interests and collaborations. If you would like more information or want to join the group, please send a note to Freda Giblin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Vice President for Research
- Nano@Wayne with Dr. Nicholas Kotov, University of Michigan
- March 31 2015 at 2:30 PMWelcome Center AuditoriumThe Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Nano@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center auditorium. The guest presenter will be Dr. Nicholas Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He will present,"Self-Organization of Nanoparticles: from Fundamentals to Applications and Global Problems." A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested. Abstract: Intrinsic ability of nanoparticles (NPs) to self-organize can be seen virtually everywhere around us. Although omnipresent, the mechanisms of these processes are not well understood and include many surprises. A step toward clarification ofthese mechanisms can be achieved by juxtaposition of self-organization processes known for biological species and NPs. Key results of biomimetic and theoretical analysis based on consideration of electrostatic and dispersion interactions of such processes will be presented. Two general classes of assemblies will be considered. Self-organized structures known as “terminal” cannot grow beyond a certain size. The second class of assemblies known as “extended” may continuously grow along specific directions. The distinction between these two cases will be made based on the balance of attractive and repulsive interactions between NPs using simplified phase diagrams.The key differences with similar assemblies observed for biological building blocks and fundamental problems associated with quantitative description of forces between NPs will be elaborated. Practical relevance of terminal and extended assemblies from NPs is based on their simplicity, versatility, and multifunctionality. They also retain special optical, electrical, and catalytic properties of inorganic nanomaterials. Extended assemblies in the form of nanoparticle sheets can display surprisingly high electron conductivity suitable for electronic and energy harvesting devices. Self-limited supraparticles can be made from a variety of charged NPs as well as from their combinations with biomolecules. Low molecular weight molecules can be easily incorporated into them as well. Terminal assemblies were also made using self-limited biological interactions typical for oligonucleotide strands. Chiral assemblies with geometry of “open scissors” were made from gold nanorods using this approach. In collaboration with Prof. Xu Chuanlai from Jiangnan University, it was demonstrated exceptionally low detection limits for detection (LOD) of DNA and proteins when circular dichroism spectroscopy is used for an analytical tool. The latest data also indicate that chiral nanoparticle assemblies can also occur in space.
- CANCELLED - PAD Seminar - Models of Interdisciplinary Team Science Education
- April 2 2015 at 2:00 PM5057 WoodwardThis event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the fall. The offices of the Vice President for Research, Provost, and Faculty Affairs (School of Medicine) are pleased to offer the Professional and Academic Development seminar series for WSU faculty, chairs & directors, postdoctoral trainees & graduate students, and administrators. Seminars are free, but registration is required. This seminar, Models of Interdisciplinary Team Science Education, will take place Thursday, April 2, 2015, 2-3:30 p.m. at 5057 Woodward, 6th Floor, Conference Room A. The moderator will be Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Humanities, English and Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development, Division of Research. Although PAD seminars will no longer be recorded due to low viewing activity, please see past seminar videos and handouts on the PAD website. If you have questions about this seminar series, please contact email@example.com. We hope to see you at this informative PAD session!
- Biomedical Publications Seminar
- April 3 2015 at 8:30 AMScott HallThe Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host a biomedical publications seminar for WSU faculty, post-docs, and space permitting, advanced doctoral students. A Biomedical Publications Seminar will take place Friday, April 3, 2015, 8:30AM to 5PM at Margherio Conference Center, Mazurek Education Commons at Scott Hall on the medical campus. OVPR is sponsoring a major portion of the cost to bring Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops to campus. Cost for attendees is $75 and may be paid by department index account transfer or personal check. Payment or index information must be received prior to the seminar to reserve your spot. Most junior faculty members, post-doctoral research fellows, and graduate students receive little formal training on how to publish / present the results of their work. Included in this comprehensive seminar is everything from practical tips on composing the manuscript, through choosing the appropriate journal and understanding its review process, to strategies that are related to revision and resubmission. Participants will learn: What the most efficient approach is for producing publishable data How to decide who will be included as authors, and in what order How to write with maximal clarity and precision How to avoid giving the perception of conflict of interest And much more! For more information and to register, visit http://www.research.wayne.edu/seminars-training/grant-seminars.php. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- COS Pivot/WSU ResearchConnect Training
- April 14 2015 at 10:00 AMUndergraduate Library, David AdamanyFaculty, staff and students are invited to a hands-on demonstration to learn how to join and use COS Pivot and WSU ResearchConnect. Wayne State University subscribes to COS Pivot, the single most comprehensive source of funding information available. Whether your work is in the sciences or the arts, COS Pivot services can help support and advance your research. Much more efficient than Googling, the database is an aggregation of funding information that is verified for accuracy, updated for currency and formatted for quick, targeted searching. COS Pivot is available to all current WSU faculty, staff and students. Click on the links below to view COS Pivot handouts Getting StartedFinding ScholarsFinding Funding OpportunitiesYour COS PIVOT Home Page In an effort to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary research, Wayne State University is committed to using innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration. ResearchConnect is one of these tools which provides a searchable database of expertise across most disciplines at WSU. Explore the profiles, publications, and grant data of hundreds of researchers within our university. Follow the network and collaborations within WSU, throughout the SciVal Experts Community, and across the national DIRECT and VIVO networks. The publications and grants listed for faculty members reflect their expertise in the unit(s) with which they are affiliated here at WSU or at prior institutions and offer a snapshot of their knowledge and interests. This training seminar will take place Tuesday, April 14, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Undergraduate Library, Computer Lab A. This event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required!
- Nano@Wayne Seminar with Jingguang Chen, Columbia University
- April 14 2015 at 2:30 PMWelcome Center AuditoriumThe Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Nano@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium. The guest presenter will be Jingguang Chen, Columbia University . He will present,"Design of Catalysts and Electrocatalysts for Energy Applications". A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested. Bio: Jingguang Chen is the Thayer Lindsley Professor of chemical engineering at Columbia University. He received his PhD degree from the University of Pittsburgh and then carried out his Humboldt postdoctoral research in Germany. After spending several years as a staff scientist at Exxon Corporate Research he started his academic career at the University of Delaware in 1998, serving as the director of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology and the Claire LeClaire Professor of chemical engineering. He moved to Columbia University in 2012. He is the co-author of 20 US patents and 300 journal articles with over 10,000 citations. He received many awards, including the 2015 George Olah award from ACS. Abstract: In the current talk we will use two examples to demonstrate the importance of using fundamental studies to identify and design catalysts and electrocatalysts. Our research approaches involve parallel efforts in density functional theory (DFT) calculations, surface science experiments on model systems, and synthesis and evaluation of supported catalysts under thermochemical or electrochemical conditions. We will first use water electrolysis to demonstrate the feasibility of using one atomic layer (monolayer) Pt on transition metal carbides (TMC) to achieve the same activity as bulk Pt. We will present DFT calculations of similar electronic and chemical properties between monolayer Pt/TMC and Pt, synthesis and characterization of monolayer Pt/TMC films, and electrochemical evaluation of the activity and stability of Pt/TMC for water electrolysis. Compared to the state-of-the-art Pt electrocatalyst, monolayer Pt/TMC catalysts represent a significant reduction in Pt loading for water electrolysis. We will then use the conversion of biomass-derived oxygenates as an example to illustrate the advantages of bimetallic catalysts, which often show unique activity and selectivity over the corresponding parent metals due to the electronic modification and strain effect. We will present our results on the characterization of Ni/Pt bimetallic model surfaces and supported catalysts under in-situ reaction conditions, further highlighting the importance of using the combined approaches of DFT calculations, surface science experiments, and reactor evaluation for catalyst discovery.
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