Frontiers in Scalable Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces


Topics and Workshop Agenda

A workshop sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, The International Centre for Materials Science (Bangalore, India), Purdue University (West Lafayetee, IN USA)


  1. * Speakers are listed in bold type
  2. * Sessions are underlined

Mon. 9 March

18:00-21:00 Informal Reception (BNC atrium)


Tues. 10 March

    07:30-08:30 Registration and continental breakfast (DBMC and MRGN Café)
    08:30-09:00 Workshop Introduction - Fisher, Kulkarni, Sands, Waghmare (MRGN 121)
    09:00-09:45 Keynote


  • A. Sood - Top Gated Single and Bilayer Graphene Transistors (MRGN 121)

    09:45-10:00 Break (MRGN Café)
    10:00-10:15 Special Remarks - A. Rebar (MRGN 121)
    10:15-11:45 Session on Biological and Soft Interfaces - Chairs: Alam, Narasimhan (MRGN 121)

    • G. Raina - Growth and Characterization of Functional Materials
    • L. Stanciu - Acetylcholinesterase Biosensors
    • C. Yang - In vivo and In vitro Imaging of Silicon Nanowires


12:00-13:30 Lunch (MRGN Café)
13:30-16:00 Session on Chemical Interfaces - Chairs: Kulkarni, Sands (MRGN 121)


  • U. Waghmare - Electronic Structure, Phonons and Thermal Properties of ScN:ZrN and ScN:HfN Superlattices: A First-principles Study
  • S. Narasimhan - Ab Initio Calculations on Methane Storage and Catalysis
  • T. Pradeep - TBD
  • E. Stach - Using Real Time Transmission Electron Microscopy to Understand Nanostructure Nucleation and Growth

16:00-17:30 Poster session and BNC tour, with drinks and snacks (MANN Atrium)
18:00-21:00 Workshop Banquet and Cultural Program (MRGN Café)


Wed. 11 March

07:30-08:15 Continental breakfast (MRGN Café)
08:15-08:30 Day 2 Inauguration - G. Cooks (MRGN 121)
08:30-10:30 Session on Thermal Interfaces - Chairs: Fisher, Waghmare (MRGN 121)


  • J. Murthy - Modeling and Simulation of Submicron Thermal Transport Across Multi-material Interfaces
  • A. Shakouri - Transient and Cryogenic Thermoelectric Cooling in Heterostructures
  • X. Xu - Ultrafast Laser-based Coherent Phonon Spectroscopy
  • B. Cola - Carbon Nanotube Arrays for Enhanced Contact Heat Transfer
  • A. Voevodin - Overview of Thermal Management Material Research in RXBT


10:30-11:00 Break (MRGN Café)
11:00-12:00 Session on Photonic Interfaces - Chairs: Raina, Shakouri (MRGN 121)


  • K.S. Narayan - Some Recent Developments Related to Interfaces, Carrier Dynamics and Cathode- Dimensions in Polymer Solar Cells
  • Y. Wu - Photoelectrochemistry of Complex Oxides for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
  • K. Choi - Electrochemical Synthesis of Inorganic Materials with Controlled Micro- and Nano-Structures
  • X. Ruan - Multiscale Multiphysics Simulations of Nanomaterials


12:00-13:30 Lunch (MRGN Café)
13:30-14:30 Session on Photonic Interfaces, cont’d (MRGN 121)
14:30-15:00 Break (MRGN Café)
15:00-16:30 Session on Mechanical Interfaces - Chairs: Graham, Shivaprasad (MRGN 121)


  • G. Kulkarni - A Methoxy Substituted Phenyleneethynylene as a Fluorescence Probe for Thermal and Mechanical Interfaces
  • A. Raman - AFM Aided Studies of Carbon Nanotube Polymer Interfaces for Nanocomposites Applications
  • A. Strachan - Atomistic Simulations of Interfacial Structure and Thermal Properties


16:30-17:00 Group discussion (MRGN 121, 112, & 206; MANN 203 &116; BRK 1290 & 2024)
17:00-18:00 Poster session and reception (MANN Atrium)
18:00-20:00 Dinner (MRGN Café)


Thurs. 12 March

07:30-08:15 Continental Breakfast (MRGN Café)
08:15-09:45 Session on Electrical Interfaces - Chairs: Lundstrom, Narayan (MRGN 121)


  • S. Datta - Thermoelectricity: A Bottom-Up View
  • A. Alam - The Physics and Technology of Nanonet Electronics
  • S. M. Shivaprasad - Manifestations at the Initial Stages of Heteroepitaxial Interface Formation


09:45-10:00 Break (MRGN Café)
10:00-11:00 Breakout Groups (MRGN 121, MANN 116 & 203, and BRK 1290 & 2024)
11:00-11:45 Closing session (MRGN 121)
12:00-13:00 Optional Lunch (MRGN Café)
13:00-17:00 Opportunity for participants to visit departments and groups


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