Department of Chemistry



Innovations in Materials 2016

Innovations in Materials Chemistry 2016

May 5-6, 2016

Chevron Science Center
Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh

Financial Support from PPG


Thursday, May 5: Chevron Science Center, Room 150
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:10 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Malika Jeffries-El, Boston University Tuning the properties of organic semiconductors via atomic engineering
9:55 Prof. Stefanie Sydlik, Carnegie Mellon University Osteomimetic phosphate graphene as a scaffold for bone regeneration
10:15 Prof. Daniel Lambrecht, University of Pittsburgh Predicting sintering resistance for nanoparticles on amorphous silica supports
10:35-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 Keynote Lecture: Prof. T. David Harris, Northwestern University Molecular Approaches to the Synthesis of Metal-Organic Magnets


Prof. Chris Wilmer, University of Pittsburgh Large-scale screening of metal-organic frameworks for gas storage and separations
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break (on your own)


Keynote Lecture: Prof. Arthi Jayaraman, University of Delaware Theory and Simulations of Macromolecular Soft Materials: Linking Molecular Design to Macroscale Morphology and Function


Prof. Kevin Noonan, Carnegie Mellon University Nickel-Catalyzed Suzuki Polycondensation for Controlled Synthesis of Ester-Functionalized Conjugated Polymers


Prof. Susan Fullerton, University of Pittsburgh Using ions to control transport in two-dimensional materials for electronics
2:55-3:15 Coffee Break


Keynote Lecture: Prof. Stephan Link, Rice University Plasmonic Nanoparticles: From Fundamental Optical Properties to Applications


Prof. Paul Leu, University of Pittsburgh New Coatings and Nanostructures for Solar Cells
4:30-6:00 Poster Session
6:00 Dinner at the University Club (Speakers and Invited Guests)


Friday, May 6: Chevron Science Center, Room 150
9:00 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Yadong Yin, University of California, Riverside Stimuli-Responsive Nanostructured Optical Materials
9:50 Andre Merg, University of Pittsburgh Peptide-Based Approach for Directing the Synthesis of Helical Gold Nanoparticle Superstructures
10:10 Lauren Marbella, University of Pittsburgh The role of pre-nucleation species in the formation of small nanoparticle alloys
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Noa Marom, Tulane University Effect of crystal packing on the electronic properties of molecular crystals
11:35 Prof. Geoffrey Hutchison, University of Pittsburgh Building Electromechanical Materials from the Bottom Up
11:55 Concluding Remarks


Poster Presentations

Presenter Title Research Group
Highlights of PINSE Facility Capabilities: Fabrication
Highlights of PINSE Facility Capabilities: Characterization

Edward Beall

Single-Molecule Conductance Measurements with Continuous Bias Modulation


Brian Bloom

Spin Selective Charge Transport Using Cysteine Capped CdSe Quantum Dots


Brittney Graff

Electron Transfer in Semiconductor Nanoparticle Assemblies


Michael Washington

The Effects of Sequence and Stereochemistry on the Physical Properties of Biodegradable Devices Composed of Poly(Lactic-co-Glycolic Acid)


Natasha Smith

Responsive Ionic Liquid-Polymer Photonic Crystal Gas Sensors


Zhongyu Cai Two-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Protein Hydrogel Sensor for Glucose Asher

Tianyi Luo

Rational Design and Synthesis and Covalent Postsynthetic Modification of pcu MOFs Based on Rare Earth M43-OH)4 Clusters


Chong Liu

Porosity Gradient within Metal-Organic Frameworks from Postsynthetic Ligand Exchange


Christopher Marvin

Single-Molecule Piezoelectrics: A Novel Approach to Energy Harvesting Materials


Ilana Kanal

Genetic Algorithm Optimization of Organic Photovoltaic Materials

Hyojeong Kim DNA Nanostructures Mediated Molecular Imprinting Lithography H. Liu
Tongchuan Gao High Performance Transparent Conductors Based on Microscale/Nanoscale Materials P. Leu
Annie Arnold Biomimetic Functionalized Graphene for Biodegradable Bone Implants Sydlik
Ke Xu Reconfigurable p-n junction formation and bandgap opening in bilayer graphene using polyethylene oxide and CsClO4 solid polymer electrolyte Fullerton
Seth Burkert Nano-Gold Corking and Enzymatic Uncorking of Carbon Nanotube Cups Star
James Ellis Indium Oxide--Carbon Nanotube Composite for Ethanol Sensing at Room Temperature Star