ACM NanoCom 2020

Keynote Speakers



Keynote 1: All-Epitaxial Plasmonic Optoelectronics
Time: Wednesday, September 23 - 11:20-12:20 (EDT)
Daniel Wasserman

Daniel Wasserman

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mr. N. Doug Williams Memorial Centennial Fellow in Engineering
Microelectronics Research Center
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78758, USA

The mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectral range (loosely defined as the wavelengths between 3-30µm) has become a burgeoning and dynamic field of research for a variety of technologically vital applications. Nonetheless, the development of the mid-IR optical infrastructure still trails behind that of the shorter, more mature, telecom and visible wavelength ranges. This can be viewed as a drawback of mid-IR photonics research (more expensive, limited efficiency components and materials), or alternatively, as an opportunity. In particular, the mid-IR provides a design space where a wide range of engineered and intrinsic light matter interactions can be harnessed to develop a new generation of optical materials. This talk will cover recent work from our group developing novel optoelectronic, all-dielectric, plasmonic and phononic materials, devices, and structures for mid-IR wavelength applications. In particular, I will discuss the range of phenomena which can achieved by leveraging the unique control epitaxial growth gives us over the optical and electronic design of materials. I will focus on recent results demonstrating that all-epitaxial plasmonic materials can be integrated monolithically with quantum engineered optoelectronic materials for enhanced performance mid-IR detectors, emitters, and modulators. Ultimately, I hope to demonstrate that the mid-IR provides a unique space to engineer optoelectronic devices from the ground up for the exploration of a range of light-matter interactions, and the implementation of these phenomena into device architectures providing enhanced performance over the state-of-the-art.

Short Biography

Dan Wasserman is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas Austin, where he is affiliated with the Microelectronics Research Center. His research group focuses on the development and demonstration of materials, structures, and devices for the generation, detection, and manipulation of infrared light. Prof. Wasserman earned his Sc.B. degree in Engineering/Physics and History from Brown University in 1998, and his MA and PhD from Princeton University in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Following. In 2007, Dr. Wasserman joined the University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Applied Physics. In 2007, Prof. Wasserman joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, in the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, becoming an Associate Professor in 2015. Professor Wasserman joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Prof. Wasserman is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, as well as the UIUC Distinguished Promotion Award, and Teaching and Advising awards and commendations at UMass and Illinois. Prof. Wasserman is a Senior Member of IEEE and was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2018.

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Keynote 2: A Colorful Solution to 'Breathing' through a Biofilm
Time: Thursday, September 24 - 12:00-13:00 (EDT)
Dianne Newman

Dianne Newman

Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology
Ecology & Biosphere Engineering Initiative of the Resnick Sustainability Institute
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Pasadena, California 91125, USA

Why do bacteria change color? As simple as this question sounds, the answer may surprise you. In this talk, I will describe my lab’s research into colorful, redox-active metabolites (RAMs) made by diverse bacteria. I will explain how these molecules, while toxic under some conditions, can nevertheless help bacteria “breathe” when they are at high cell density (e.g. packed together in a “biofilm”). Drawing on our work with a model RAM-producing organism, the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, I will share what we have learned about their biological functions, as well as how we think targeting RAMs may provide new routes to controlling certain types of infections. Included in this talk will be examples of interdisciplinary collaborations of many different types.

Short Biography

Dr. Newman is the Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology and leads the Ecology & Biosphere Engineering Initiative of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech. She is an American Academy of Microbiology fellow, a MacArthur Fellow,and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Newman received her BA at Stanford University, earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering at MIT and trained as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School. She joined the Caltech faculty in 2000 as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Geobiology and Environmental Science. From 2007-2010 she was the Wilson Professor of Biology and Geobiology at MIT, and from 2005-2016 she was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Newman’s research focuses on the co-evolution of microbes and their environments, with an emphasis on bacterial mechanisms of energy conservation and survival when oxygen is scarce. The contexts that motivate her research span modern and ancient sedimentary deposits to chronic infections and plant-microbe symbioses, yet are linked by similar physiological questions concerning electron transfer. She has received various honors for her work, including the National Academy of Science’s 2016 Award in Molecular Biology for her "discovery of microbial mechanisms underlying geologic processes”.

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