Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Chad Mirkin

Chad Mirkin

Multicomponent nanoparticles have many novel chemical and physical properties that are greater than the sum of their parts, which makes them promising for a range of fields including catalysis, magnetics, plasmonics and electronics. Combinatorial screening is a common strategy to establish composition-structure-function relationships. To achieve this goal, scanning probe block copolymer lithography (SPBCL) was developed, a technique that allows one to print attoliter-size nanoreactors on substrates. 

When combined with polymer pen lithography (PPL), a high-throughput cantilever-free patterning technique that utilizes an elastomeric pen array with millions of pens, combinatorial libraries of nanoparticles can be made by varying the ink composition across a 1-million-pen array. The synergy between SPBCL and PPL allows an innovative and robust solution to synthesize new nanoparticles over large areas, which enables the rapid screening of the properties of multicomponent nanoparticles. This approach lays the foundation for generating new combinatorial libraries of materials, where scale, in addition to composition, becomes an important library parameter.

Chad A. Mirkin is director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, and professor of chemical and biological engineering; biomedical engineering; materials science & engineering; and medicine at Northwestern University. He has been recognized for his accomplishments with more than 120 national and international awards. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Materials Research Society. 

Combinatorial Nanoscience: Expanding the Materials Genome
Chad A. Mirkin, PhD
Friday, April 6 
2:30 p.m.
Science Education and Research Center, Room 110A
Temple University Main Campus

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