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. Will Medlin, University of Colorado
- February 3 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, February 3, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium. The guest presenter will be Dr. Will Medlin from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder. He will present,"Controlling selectivity in heterogeneous catalysis with organic monolayers." A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested. Bio: Dr. Medlin obtained his BS degree from Clemson University and his PhD degree in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. He was a post-doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. In 2003 he joined the faculty at the University of Colorado (CU). He is currently the Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor and associate department chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU. Medlin is the co-founder and Managing Director for the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2), and is a founding fellow of the joint CU/NREL Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). His awards include the NSF CAREER and ONR Young Investigator Awards. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles in the research areas of surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis. Abstact: Performing selective reactions of chemical feedstocks with multiple functional groups is a challenging objective, since each functional group can potentially adsorb and react on a catalytic surface. Addressing this problem is important both in conventional production of chemicals and for the conversion of biomass to chemicals and fuels. Our group has investigated several techniques for aligning multifunctional molecules above metal surfaces to promote selective reaction of a particular functional group. One approach involves the modification of supported metal catalysts with organic ligands such as organothiols. Organothiols can be deposited on metal surfaces to form organized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) that may cause reactants to adopt particular orientations above the metal surface, altering selectivity. Several mechanisms by which SAMs can improve selectivity have been identified. For example, SAM coatings can be used to tune the reactivity of the underlying metal surface sites. Furthermore, the organic function of SAM coatings can be tuned to control non-covalent interactions in the near-surface environment. The utility of these mechanisms for selectivity control will be illustrated for reaction chemistries important in biorefining and production of valuable chemicals. Some alternative directions for achieving surface and near-surface control will also be discussed.
- Sustainability@Wayne with Jim deVries, Ford Motor Company
- February 10 2015 at 2:30 PMWelcome Center AuditoriumThe Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, Feburary 10, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wayne State University Welcome Center Auditorium, 42 W. Warren. The guest presenter will be Jim deVries, manager of Global Materials and Manufacturing Reseach at Ford Motor Company. He will present, "Opportunities and Challenges of Lightweight Materials In High Volume Automotive Production." A reception will follow in the Welcome Center Lobby from 3:30-4:00 p.m.The seminar is free; registration is requested. Bio: deVries graudated summa cum laude from Central University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Physics. He briefly studied surface science at the University of Missouri-Rolla before joining Ford Motor Company in 1978. He has spent his time at Ford participating in and managing various research programs within Ford Research and Product Development. These programs have included paint and adhesive interfacial chemistry characterization, surface related phenomena assoicated with automotive materials, development of advanced composistes and most recently, lightweight materials and associated matierals, development of advanced composites and lightweight matierals and associated manufacturing processes. He is currently Global Manager of Materials and Manufacturing Research within Ford Research and Advance Engineering. In this capacity, he coordinates long range and applied research, both internally and through industry and government consortia. Abstract: Lightweight materials have been in use in the automotive industry for almost 100 years. Henry Ford recognized the value of lightweight materials and produced a number of aluminum bodies for the 1923 Model T, as well as prototype soy composite decklids. In today’s world, the demand for better fuel economy and the advent of more stringent CO2 regulations has resulted in the increased emphasis of lightweight materials by almost all automotive OEM’s. The automotive industry is continuing to explore lightweight materials such as light metals (aluminum, magnesium, advanced steels), lightweight glasses and reinforced polymer composites to replace traditional materials and provide increased weight savings resulting in improved fuel efficiency. Whereas past inclusion of lightweight materials were primarily in low volume expensive sports cars and niche vehicles to improve performance, more OEMs are looking to now reduce weight in mainstream high volume vehicles to reduce CO2 and improve overall fleet fuel economy. However, the cost of many of these materials impedes large scale implementation. In addition, new manufacturing processes need to be developed that are amenable to high volume production. This presentation will highlight the advantages and challenges of lightweight materials in the automotive industry and focus on the potential of these materials to reduce vehicle weight. Furthermore, insight will be given as to where efforts are required to make these materials more affordable and in the format that could be utilized for high volume production.
- Nano@Wayne with Aaron Esser-Khan, University of California - Irvine
- February 17 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, February 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium. The guest presenter will be Aaron Esser-Khan, University of California - Irvine. He will present,"Chemical Biology and Materials Science Applied to Understanding Immunology". A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested. Bio: Aaron was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. As a high-school student, he began his interest in research at Wayne State University. He traveled west to study chemistry at the California Institute of Technology where he worked in the Tirrell lab. After completing his degree, he traveled north to Berkeley for a PhD in chemistry as part of the Francis lab and the Chemical-Biology Program. Inspired by the work going on at Autonomous Materials Systems group at UIUC, Aaron traveled back to the Midwest to work on new materials. Aaron began his independent career at the University of California, Irvine in 2011 and has been working in two areas – biomimetic approaches to carbon capture and chemical biology approaches to vaccine design. Abstract: Our goal is to develop tools that allow researchers to design an immune response. Recent research into the immune system has revealed that foreign pathogens are detected through a series of receptors on antigen presenting cells. These receptors are synergistically activated by multiple pathogen associated molecular patterns. Materials scientists have a large role to play in the coordinated design of vaccines and synthetic activators of the immune system. We report on our development of chemical and material tools for the immune system that allow us to control the spatial and temporal aspects of innate immune activation. Our methods involve the caging of multiple different receptor agonists light-activated cages. Using these approaches, we can create cell specific signaling of different variants of innate immune cells and modulate the origin and frequency of immune responses. I will also discuss our work building polymeric activators of the innate immune system using the tools of polymer chemistry.
- PAD Seminar - How to Develop a Teaching Portfolio
- February 19 2015 at 1:00 PM5057 WoodwardThe 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, How to Develop a Teaching Portfolio, will take place Thursday, February 19, 2015, 1-2:30 p.m. at 5057 Woodward, 6th Floor, Conference Room A. The moderator will be Mathew Ouellett, Associate Provost and Director, Office of Teaching and Learning. 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!
- COS Pivot/WSU ResearchConnect Training
- February 25 2015 at 2:00 PMUndergraduate 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 Wednesday, February 25, 2-3:30 p.m., in the Undergraduate Library, Computer Lab A. This event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required!
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