Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 pm
The event will take place in the Life Sciences Building (LSB) room 001, Large Auditorium at
Syracuse University, Life Sciences Complex, Syracuse, NY. Parking info.
This event is free and open to the public.
Rise of the Colloidal Machines
Digital matter is a new approach in science, engineering, and medicine that uses powerful algorithms and fast computers to discover and design the materials of the future. The idea is to identify and program atoms, molecules, nanoparticles, and microparticles with the optimal shapes and interactions for forming new materials with unprecedented properties. In this talk, I’ll discuss the exciting possibilities of using nano- and micron-sized colloidal particles in the design and fabrication of functional elements for robot-like machines, such as colloidal muscles, digital colloidal bits, bionic colloidal assemblies, and colloidal swarms. These functional colloidal elements could allow researchers to make smart, shape-shifting materials, like the Microbots in Big Hero 6 and the liquid metal comprising the Terminator T-1000. I’ll also outline the fundamental physics challenges to realizing smart colloidal materials and machines.
About Professor Glotzer:
Sharon C, Glotzer is the John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering. She is also Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on computational nanoscience and simulation of soft matter, self-assembly and materials design. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the AAAS. She is a Simons Investigator, a former National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow, and the recipient of numerous other awards and honors, including the 2014 MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society and the 2008 Charles M.A. Stine Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. With well over 200 publications and more than 300 invited lectures around the world, Professor Glotzer is one of the world’s leading computational scientists.