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Seminar Series in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME)  - 

originally a NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) Program (NSF  0938558)



NME Option Programs – Seminar Series – NME 221/321/421

Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering


Spring 2018 - Thursdays, 8:30 – 9:20 a.m., MLR 301




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Founding Labs






MEMS Laboratory



Heteroepitaxal Growth Lab



Non Linear Optical Lab



Molecular Biomimetics Lab







NUE Programs







Coordinators: Profs Jae-Hyun Chung and Igor Novosselov


MEB 303, E-mail the coordinator





Course Description and Requirements


-  NME 221 – This seminar will offer students an introduction to nanoscale science and molecular engineering, familiarize them with research and educational opportunities in nanotechnology on campus, and provide an initial intellectual forum where they can share their interests in NME. NME 221 students are required in addition to attending the seminars to visit a research laboratory and compose a report on the research (or an aspect of it) conducted in the visited lab.

-  NME 321 – Having already obtained an appreciation for Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering, and getting started in conducting research themselves, students will learn on how to plan and tackle research challenges by example (i.e. seminars), put their work into the framework of others, and to present and interpret data. NME 321 students are required in addition to attending the seminars to compose essays on contemporary societal and ethical issues.

-  NME 421 – Students will present orally an aspect of their research experience, emphasizing research objectives and motivation, and address the research hypothesis and how it was tested. Findings shall be discussed within the framework of the open literature.


Course Credit


Course credit will be based on reasonable attendance (a minimum of 8 out of 10), plus for

- NME 221 students see: NME 221 Assignments to obtain course credit

- NME 321 students see: NME 321 Assignments to obtain course credit

- NME 421 students see: NME 421 Research Presentation Details


Required Reading

Seminar handouts if provided.

Seminar Presentations

Mar. 29:     Introduction to Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering

                   Prof. Renι Overney (ChemE)


Apr. 5:       Nano-based probes of the diseased brain

                  Prof. Elizabeth Nance (ChemE)


Apr. 12:     Protein engineering by semisynthesis

                    Prof. Champak Chatterjee (CHEM)


Apr. 19:     no seminar


Apr. 26:     Sustainable nanomaterials for sensing applications and environmental remediation

                   Prof. Anthony Dichiara (ESRM)


May 3:       Nanostructured conversion electrodes, and plasmonic semiconductors

                   Prof. Vincent Holmberg (ChemE)


May 10:     Integrated nanophotonics for next-generation information science and sensing

                   Prof. Arka Majumdar (EE)


May 17:     Engineering with sugar and light

                   Prof. Daniel Ratner (BioE)


May 24:     Quantum-enabled technologies

                   Prof. Kai-Mei Fu (EE)


May 31:     Precisely controlled patterning of micro and nano structures using optical tweezers

                   Prof. Ashis Banerjee (ME)