Francesco Paesani - (Chair)
FRANCESCO PAESANI is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He is a theoretical chemist working at the intersection of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, and computer science. He is interested in developing new methods and software to predict the behavior of complex molecular systems at different length and time scales. Part of his research and publication interests focus on computer modeling of metal-organic frameworks from molecular adsorption to proton conduction. His interdisciplinary interests are in computational and theoretical chemistry and atmospheric and environmental materials. Dr. Paesani earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physical chemistry from the University of Rome (La Sapienza).
Lynden A. Archer
LYNDEN A. ARCHER, NAE is James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering,
Chemical, and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. His research uses experiment and theoretical analysis to investigate structure, dynamics, and transport phenomena at liquid-solid interfaces. He leverages knowledge from such studies to design materials for advanced batteries. His specific technical interests lie at the intersection of polymer science, colloid science, and electrochemistry. These interests range from basic scientific studies of how microscopic condensed phases (e.g. polymers, nanoparticles, and ions) in liquids move and partition near interfaces; to work centered on design of nanoparticle-polymer hybrid materials that allow interfacial fluid behaviors to be isolated and studied; and ultimately to research aimed at understanding how fluid motions at electrolyte-electrode interfaces impact the stability of rechargeable batteries. In one class of problems he investigates how and why slower motions of polymers at interfaces alter classical assumptions about adhesion and slippage at liquid-solid and liquid-liquid interfaces. He is also interested in extensions of these ideas to extreme situations, such as in nanoscale organic-inorganic hybrid materials (NOHMs) formed by grafting molecules at high coverage on nanoparticles to create bulk, self-suspended fluids dominated by interfaces. Understanding how physical characteristics of the components of NOHMs influence their structure and physical properties motivates multiple studies underway in his research group. A particularly fruitful area of activity is motivated by the perspective that transport of a third component (e.g. ions and liquid) in a NOHMs material is subject to nanoscale physical and chemical constraints, which can be tuned to regulate how ions partition, diffuse, and react in electrochemical cells. These efforts have led to electrolyte designs that prevent rough, dendritic electrodeposition at alkali metal electrodes under development for high-energy rechargeable batteries. Dr. Archer earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University.
David E. Foster
DAVID E. FOSTER is the Phil and Jean Myers professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Foster teaches and conducts research in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, internal combustion engines, and emission formation processes. His work has focused specifically on perfecting the application of optical diagnostics in engine systems and the incorporation of simplified or phenomenological models of emission formation processes into engineering simulations. He is an active member of the Engine Research Center, of which he has served as the director. He was also the founding co-director of the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory, from its inception until his retirement. He received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Massachuesetts Institute of Technology.
BINGQING WEI is professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Previously, Dr. Wei was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Wei’s research interests and expertise lie in nanomaterials and nanotechnology with a focus on the synthesis, processing, characterization, and physical properties of carbon nanostructures, carbon nanotube nanocomposites, and applications of carbon nanostructures in energy conversion and storage devices. He was also previously a research scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center. Dr. Wei was a visiting scientist at Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany in 1998 and 1999. From 1992 to 2001, he was a faculty member at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has published 283 papers in refereed international journals and delivered 180 plus invited talks and seminars in academia and industry worldwide. His research work has been cited more than 18000 times by peer scientists with the h-index of 69 (Web of Science). Dr. Wei earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
YOUNAN XIA is the Brock Family Chair and Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Eminent Scholar in Nanomedicine at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with joint appointments in biomedical engineering, chemistry & biochemistry, and chemical & biomolecular engineering. He has a broad background in chemistry, physics, materials science, and biomedical engineering. He started as an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1997 and was promoted to associated professor with tenure and professor in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He moved to Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and held the position of James M. McKelvey Professor in Advanced Materials in the department of biomedical engineering until his group was relocated to Georgia Tech in 2012. His independent research has focused on the design and synthesis of nanostructured materials with diverse and well-controlled properties. His group has invented a myriad of nanomaterials with well-defined and controllable properties. These nanomaterials have found widespread use in applications related to plasmonics, catalysis, fuel cell technology, electronics, photonics, photovoltaics, display, nanomedicine, and regenerative medicine. As a notable example, his technology on silver nanowires has been licensed for the manufacturing of flexible, transparent, and conductive coatings and further commercialized for touch screen display, flexible electronics, and photovoltaics. He has also collaborated with many investigators to put various types of nanomaterials to work in a wide variety of biomedical applications. More information can be found at http://www.nanocages.com.