|Assembling Advanced Materials and Devices from Nano-scale Building Blocks
Ceramics and Materials Engineering
|Richard W. Siegel, Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center, and Materials Science and Engineering Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Seminar, 3pm Fiber Optics Auditorium
The past decade has seen explosive growth worldwide in the physical, chemical, and biological synthesis and study of a wide range of nanoscale building blocks with unique properties. Great strides are now being made in our ability to assemble these building blocks to create advanced materials and devices with novel functions and capabilities. A perspective of this important research area will be presented based upon specific examples from our work in the Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures supported by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation. Examples will be given of directed assembly of nanoparticles, nanotubes, and hybrid structures containing these and biomolecules, to make new materials and devices that possess enhanced mechanical, electrical, optical, and bioactive properties, and multifunctional combinations thereof. The opportunities and challenges facing the worldwide research community in moving forward in this area will be considered.