Fireside chat with Don Eigler wraps up MIT.nano “Perspectives in Nanotechnology” seminars

On Sept. 16 MIT.nano managed a friendly community conversation with physicist Don Eigler, Kavli Laureate and former other associated with the IBM Almaden Research Center. The conversation marked the fifth and final event in MIT.nano “Perspectives in Nanotechnology” seminar series, which began in springtime.

Eigler was the founding frontrunner for the low-temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Project at IBM. Among his accomplishments, he’s acknowledged for his 1989 test which he became the first individual manipulate specific atoms with precision, employing a checking tunneling microscope to spell out “I-B-M” from 35 individual xenon atoms. He is also known for producing the first quantum corrals. 

“Nature isn’t boring. If being an experimentalist you invent a thing that allows you to see something nobody has seen before, you’ll find some thing interesting,” he told an audience of professors, graduate pupils, alumni, and others.

Following the discussion, MIT.nano and the Graduate scholar Council hosted an event featuring microscopy artwork because of the MIT neighborhood.

Arranged by Farnaz Niroui, MIT assistant professor of electric manufacturing and computer system science, the “Perspectives in Nanotechnology” series showcased a couple of five lectures by professionals which supplied insight into current analysis and future guidelines based on their particular experiences in neuro-scientific nanoscience and nanotechnology. 

“This series had been a good way to present MIT.nano not just as a nanoscale study facility, but as place in which we could have discussions around nanoscience and its own various programs across disciplines in your neighborhood,” claims Niroui. “Having these five pioneers talk about their particular study trajectories, and where they begin to see the industry of nanotechnology moving in tomorrow, happens to be inspiring.”​

The very first four speakers when you look at the show were:

March 18: Roger Howe of Stanford University

Roger Howe is the William E. Ayer Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. He was the professors director associated with Stanford Nanofabrication center from 2009 to 2017 and manager associated with the nationwide Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure system from 2011 to 2015.

The first presentation when you look at the show, Howe talked about “the role that shared academic nano services, such nano@Stanford and MIT.nano, can play in nucleating the equipment and processes, along with the neighborhood of internal and external scientists, that can speed up the commercialization of nanotechnology.”

April 29: Paul Alivisatos associated with University of California at Berkeley

Paul Alivisatos is the University of California at Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor and provost, and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He could be in addition the manager emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, founding director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute, and a president of two prominent nanotechnology companies.

Inside the talk, Alivisatos discussed his analysis on colloidal nanocrystals, one of the a few artificial blocks for nanoscience and nanotechnology. He reflected from the question, “just what will occur whenever synthetic nanocrystals is seen and controlled on standard of single atoms?”

Might 16: Eli Yablonovitch associated with the University of California at Berkeley

Eli Yablonovitch is really a professor of electric engineering and computer research at UC Berkeley, where he keeps the James and Katherine Lau seat in Engineering. Regarded as a daddy of this photonic bandgap concept, Yablonovitch coined the expression “photonic crystal” and has dramatically contributed on industries of tense semiconductor lasers and photovoltaics. 

Yablonovitch could be the director associated with the National Science Foundation Center for energy conserving Electronics Science, a multi-university center based at Berkeley. For his views presentation, he addressed the question, “just what brand-new unit will replace the transistor?”

Summer 19: Robert Langer of MIT

Robert Langer may be the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT. writer of a lot more than 1,250 articles, he also has almost 1,050 patents worldwide. He’s the most-cited engineer in history.

In a presentation entitled, “From Microtechnology to Nanotechnology: brand new methods to Discover and Deliver Medicine to Treat Disease,” Langer addressed the numerous brand-new technologies being developed that’ll affect the continuing future of medicine.

MIT.nano and Niroui will today start up an ongoing monthly workshop series examining the frontiers of nanoscience and nanotechnology. For more information, visit