Materials science research lectures begin Sept. 4

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences announced speakers and dates for the fall 2014 Arkema Speaker Series. The series features talks from leaders in materials science research and are held from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in 26 Hosler Building. Seminars are free and open to the public.

The 2014 fall semester series is as follows:

-- Sept. 4: “Transmission Electron Microscopy for Analyzing Materials Science Problems” -- Bernd Kabius, senior scientist, Penn State Materials Research Institute.

-- Sept. 11: “Acidic Polymers and Basic Polymers: Materials Synthesis and Mechanistic Analysis” -- Michael Hickner, associate professor of materials science and chemical engineering, Penn State.

-- Sept. 18: “Design Rules for Electroactive Polymer Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage” -- Jodie Lutkenhaus, assistant professor of chemical engineering, Texas A&M University.

-- Sept. 25: “Advanced Materials: The Magic of Deciphering Special Properties of Elastomeric Composites” -- Sia Nemat-Nasser, distinguished professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, University of California, San Diego.

-- Oct. 2: “Nanostructured Block Copolymers for Lithium Batteries and Biofuels Purification” -- Nitash Balsara, professor of chemical engineering, University of California, Berkeley.

-- Oct. 9: “Implementing a non-SELEX Route to Select DNA Aptamers for Material Targets” -- Valeria Milam, associate professor of materials science and engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

-- Oct. 16: “High Performance Poly (methyl methacrylate)/Poly (lactic acid) Biopolymer Alloys” -- Florence Mehlmann, research manager, Arkema Inc.

-- Oct. 23: “Growth of Metastable Epitaxial Alloys: Approaches and Success” -- Thomas Kuech, Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker chair of chemical engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

-- Oct. 30: “Nanofiber-Based Membranes and Electrodes for Hydrogen/Air Fuel Cells” -- Peter Pintauro, H. Eugene McBrayer professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Vanderbilt University.

-- Nov. 6: “High Throughput First Principle Calculations for Advanced Computational Materials Design” -- Stefano Curtarolo, professor of materials science, electrical engineering and physics, Duke University.

-- Nov. 13: “Microstructure and Texture Development of Ti-6AI-4V Components Fabricated by Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing” -- Viola Acoff, professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, University of Alabama.

-- Nov. 20: “Applications of the ReaxFF Force Field for Identifying Reactive Properties in Complex Materials and Interfaces” -- Adri Van Duin, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, Penn State.

-- Nov. 27: No seminar (Thanksgiving break)

-- Dec. 4: No seminar (Materials Research Society Conference)

-- Dec. 11: “Complexion Engineering in Nanostructured Materials” -- Timothy Rupert, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, University of California, Irvine.

The speaker series is sponsored by Arkema, a leading specialty chemicals and advanced materials company headquartered in Colombes, near Paris.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015