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Stephen Burke Cronin, Ph.D.

Title: Utilizing Transient Pulsed Plasma and Plasmon Resonance Phenomena for Pollution Remediation and Energy Conversion Applications Abstract: We review our recent results using high voltage nanosecond pulses to generate transient plasmas that drive a wide range of difficult chemical reactions including CO2 reduction, NOx and SOx remediation, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter (i.e...

Xiaojia Wang, Ph.D.

Title: Study of Thermal and Magnetic Transport in Functional Materials Enabled by Ultrafast Optical Metrology Abstract: Transport phenomena play an important role in designing and engineering materials with tailored functionalities. This is especially true for materials with reduced dimensions. Thermal conductivity and interfacial thermal conductance, as basic transport properties of materials and interfaces, can provide...

Tirtha Banerjee, Ph.D.

Title: A micrometeorological perspective into wildland fire dynamics Abstract: Fire suppression activities in the past few decades in North America has led to higher fuel accumulations, which coupled with shifting hydroclimatic patterns has led to an increase in frequency and severity of wildland fires. Prescribed fires and fuel treatments such as mechanical thinning are deemed...

Dr. Ellen Arruda (Distinguished Speaker)

Genomics Auditorium February 4, 2020 2pm The Anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, of the knee is a soft tissue structure comprised of two main bundles of hierarchical collagenous structures. As with all soft tissue, the ACL is extremely difficult to mechanically test, and determining its non-linear, anisotropic mechanical response has remained elusive. Yet, obtaining the...

Dr. Dawei Song

Tractions exerted by cells on the extracellular matrix (ECM) are critical in many important biological processes such as morphogenesis, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. Three-dimensional Traction Microscopy (3DTM) is a robust tool to quantify cellular tractions by first measuring the displacement field in the ECM in response to cellular tractions, and then using this information...

Dr. Arun Devaraj

Materials scientists studying processing-microstructure-property relationships dream of knowing how the processing influences the exact location of each atom in a material and how that impacts its properties. Such detailed understanding of material microstructure can inform novel solid phase material processing approaches to design breakthrough materials with unique persistently metastable microstructure and better properties and performance...

Dr. Eric Fullerton (Distinguished Speaker)

The dramatic increases of data storage densities over the last 60 years and the corresponding decrease in cost has helped drive the modern digital world. However as many of the critical dimensions approach the nanometer scale, a variety of physical phenomena are placing limits on the capacity of future storage devices. I will review the...

Mark Brown

Winston Chung Hall 205/206 October 11, 2019 11am One of the hurdles facing nucleic acid sample preparation companies is that not all samples are created equal. From tissues to blood, stool or martian soil, each sample type offers new challenges. This is especially true when research moves from the lab to the field, and as...

David M. Pierce, Ph.D.

Winston Chung Hall 205/206 June 07, 2019 @ 11:10 am Virtual Cartilage: Toward Translational Applications David M. Pierce, Ph.D. Associate Professor Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Mathematics University of Connecticut Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating disease that afflicts nearly 20% of people in the US, costing more than $185.5 billion a year (in...

Olivia A. Graeve, Ph.D.

May 31, 2019 @ 11:10 am Bourns Hall A265 Morphologically controlled composites: emerging materials for extreme environments Olivia A. Graeve, Ph.D. Professor of Mechanics and Materials Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego This talk will present an overview of the microstructure and phase stability of hexaboride ceramics of controlled morphologies...