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Time October 17th
afternoon Advances from the Singh User Community
Join us as we hear firsthand about some of the cutting edge research taking place at the Singh Center on a daily basis
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch & Student Poster Sessio
1:50 pm – 2:00 pm Opening Remarks : Dr. Mark G. Allen – University of Pennsylvania, Singh Center for Nanotechnology
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Industry Spotlight: ExPonent

Jonathan Kiel, Ph.D.
Managing Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry

Ryan Wade, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Nanotechnology in Education and Industry

  1. Dr. George “Pat” Watson – University of Pennsylvania, Singh Center for Nanotechnology
2:50 pm – 3:20 pm Young Alumni Panel: “My Job and How I got It”

  1. Dr. Ryan Wade – Exponent
  2. Mr. Mark Edmundson – W.L. Gore
  3. Mr. Andrew Boodhoo – Goldman Sachs
3:20 pm – 3:40 pm Break
3:40 pm – 4:40 pm Lightning Talks: Representatives From Across the Singh User Community

  1. Dr. Harman S. Khare – University of Pennsylvania: “Enabling Novel Nanomanufacturing Methods and Advanced Lubricant Additives using In-Situ Atomic Force Microscopy”.
  2. Dr. Jeffrey Hettinger – Rowan University: “Development of Coatings to Improve the Performance of Biomedical Electrodes”
  3. Mr. Kazy Shariar – University of Delaware: Performance improvement of InAs using super acid treatment”
  4. Dr. Ritesh Agarwal – University of Pennsylvania: “Ultra-thin, flat and tunable optical devices”
  5. Ms. Gianna Valentino – Johns Hopkins University : “Fabrication of NiMoW Metal MEMS Micro-Cantilevers”
4:40 pm – 5:00 pm New Microscope Acquisitions Coming to Singh in 2018: Doug Yates – University of Pennsylvania, Singh Center for Nanotechnology
5:00 pm – 5:00 pm Adjourn Advances from the Singh User Community Program
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm User Appreciation Cocktail Hour


Time October 18th
morning How Nanotechnology is Changing Medicine
From microfluidics to cancer treatment, researchers throughout our area are using nanotechnology to better understand how our bodies work and to help us live healthier lives
9:00 am – 9:30 am Breakfast and Registration
9:30 am – 10:15 am Keynote Address: Brian DiPaolo, Ph.D. , Principle Investigator, Hal Labs–
Topic: HORIZON:  High throughput low volume subvisible particle analysis for Biopharmaceutical formulations
10:15 am – 11:00 am Microfluidics Panel

  1. Dr. Haim Bau – University of Pennsylvania
  2. Dr. Jeffry D. Zahn – Rutgers
  3. Dr. David Lai – Glaxo Smith and Kline (GSK)
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Medical Lightning Talks

  1. Dr. Eric Wickstrom – Thomas Jefferson University: “Antibody-Nanotube Microelectrode Array to Detect and Capture Breast Cancer Cells in Blood”
  2. Dr. Yuan Tang – Temple University: “Microvascular network on a chip
  3. Ms. Daphney Chery – Drexel University: “Direct Investigation of the Roles of Decorin in Cartilage Pericellular Matrix via Immunofluorescence-guided AFM”
  4. Dr. David Eckmann – University of Pennsylvania : “Accessing the nanomedicine frontier via cytoarchitecture, cell mechanics and bioenergetics”
  5. Dr. Laurence Bray – George Mason University: “A Wearable Technology for Detecting Autistic Episodes in Children”
12:15 pm -12:15 pm Adjourn How Nanotechnology is Changing Medicine Program
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch, with Academic Posters and NanoArt Exhibition
afternoon Nanotechnology in Energy and the Environment
With new materials and better batteries, nanotechnology is helping power our future
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm National Lab Spotlight: Dr. Matthew Sfeir, Staff Scientist, Brookhaven National Lab
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Batteries and Energy Storage Lighting Talk

  1. Dr. Igor Bargatin – University of Pennsylvania: “Plate mechanical metamaterials: The thinnest plates you can pick up by hand”
  2. Dr. Somenath Mitra – New Jersey Institute of Technology: “Developments in Flexible and Conformal Batteries”
  3. Dr. Eric Detsi – University of Pennsylvania: “3D Nanostructured Materials for Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage”
  4. Dr. Chuan-Fu Lin – University of Maryland: “Thin Film Processing, Structures and Architectures for Advanced Batteries”
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Industry Spotlight: Dr. Steven Baxter, R&D Director, Fluoropolymers – Arkema, Inc. : “Polymer Materials Innovations from Arkema in Energy Storage and Water Filtration”
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Energy and Environmental Remediation Lightning Talks:

  1. Dr. James Pikul – University of Pennsylvania: Engineering transport in nanomaterials for ultra high power batteries”
  2. Ms. Jyo Lyn Hor – University of Pennsylvania: “Toward scalable manufacturing of nanocomposite membranes”
  3. Dr. Brian Piccione – Princeton Lightwave: “Geiger-mode LiDAR for Driverless Cars”
  4. Dr. Bruce E. Koel – Princeton University: “Engineering materials and surface chemistry for energy applications”
4:45 pm – 4:45 pm Adjourn Energy and the Environment Program
evening Nanovation
A showcase of some of the Mid-Atlantic’s most promising Nanotechnology Startup Companies, along with 2017 Singh NanoArt Exhibit and Competition
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Keynote Address
Dr. John Lettow, President and CEO – Vorbeck Materials: “Graphene Based High Performance Materials: from Tires to Wearable Electronics”
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Seed Grant Pitch Competition (3 minutes per group , with 2 minutes setup time built in)
Vincent Better – Media
Mohit Prajapati – Director of R&D, Strategy, and Operations, Penn Medicine Center For Health Care Innovation
Marc Kramer – Executive Director, Private Investor Forum, Angel Venture Fair
Dr. Sri Sriadibhatla – Senior Manager, Technology Commercialization Group, Ben Franklin Tech Partners
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Cocktail Hour: Seed Grant Booths & Nano Art Competition “People’s Choice Award” voting