Connect with IEN

As part of IEN’s mission to develop and cultivate the next generation of technologists, our team hosts numerous professional development lectures and short courses. Course and lecture topics include cleanroom fabrication techniques, advanced lithography techniques, market sector applications of nanotechnology research, and seminars on nanotechnology as it relates to other fields of engineering. These events are open to both GA Tech and other institutions’ researchers and educators, as well as to those in industry and the interested public.

All events are listed in chronological order, please scroll down to find and register for the event for which you are interested.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 12PM | Marcus Nanotechnology 1116-1118

Nano@Tech - Nanoscale Design of Zinc Anodes for High Energy Rechargeable Aqueous Batteries

Abstract : Zn-based batteries are a safe alternative to Li-ion due to compatibility with aqueous electrolyte. Also, the theoretical volumetric energy density of Zn-based batteries (e.g. Zn-air) is more than twice the one of conventional Li-ion batteries and is ~85% of Li-sulfur batteries. The above two advantages plus the abundance of zinc render Zn-based aqueous batteries attractive for large-scale energy storage (e.g. electric vehicle, grid-scale storage). However, the Zn anode in aqueous electrolyte is historically not deeply-rechargeable, which has to be addressed for broad application of Zn-based batteries. The root cause of the lack of rechargeability stems from the passivation of ZnO discharge product, and dissolution of zincate intermediate. In this talk, I will show a series of our recent efforts on addressing the rechargeability issue of aqueous Zn anodes via nanoscale material design. The design principles shown in this talk are expected to inspire the design of other electrodes for post-Li-ion batteries.

Bio: Nian Liu is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering since January 2017. He received his B.S. in 2009 from Fudan University (China), and Ph.D. in 2014 from Stanford University, where he worked with Prof. Yi Cui on the structure design for Si anodes for high-energy Li-ion batteries. In 2014-2016, he worked with Prof. Steven Chu at Stanford University as a postdoc, where he developed in situ optical microscopy to probe beam-sensitive battery reactions. Dr. Liu’s lab at Georgia Tech is broadly interested in the combination of nanomaterials, electrochemistry, and light microscopy for understanding and addressing the global energy challenges. Dr. Liu is the recipient of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Daniel Cubicciotti Award (2014) and American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2015).

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 10:30AM- 4:00PM | Georgia Institute of Technology | Pettit Microelectronic Building, Room 102 | Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room G139

The Remishaw Raman Spectroscopy Seminar

You are invited to a full day seminar on high performance confocal Raman Microscopy and Imaging Materials Characterization Facility.
Enjoy presentations, a complimentary lunch and hands on demonstrations with cutting edge instruments at a world class university.
Hands-on inVia Raman system demonstrations will be a part of the workshop but will require an appointment due to limited availability. To schedule your demonstration appointment, please select a time during the registration process.

Workshop Schedule:

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm: Intro to Raman Theory and Applications
                                       Richard Bormett, PhD, Senior Technical Fellow
                                       Pettit Microelectronics Building, Room 102
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Renishaw Hosted Lunch


  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm:    inVia Raman system demonstrations
                                      Characterization Facility
                                      Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room G139

Register Here! 

Wednesday October 31, 2018 @ 11AM | The Engineered Biosystems Building | Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Seminar Room 1005

ROMP: Researchers’ Open Mic Presentations - Graduates In Nanotechnology (GIN)

Are you doing research in nanotechnology?

Could a colleague from another discipline help you with a research conundrum?

Join the GIN Club for the Researcher’s Open Mic Presentations (ROMP)!

ROMP is an opportunity for students to briefly introduce their nanotechnology research and bring up any problems they are having. Presenters have the chance to discuss their work with a multidisciplinary co-hort from the local GT community, as well as researchers from the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro, joining via video conference.

Refreshments and Snacks will be Provided

Anyone involved in nanotechnology research at Georgia Tech is welcome, undergraduates through post-doctorial.

Interested in presenting? Email Quinn Spadola at


Friday November, 9th, 2018 @ 9:00AM- 4:00PM | Marcus Nanotechnology Building | Georgia Institue of Technology

Light Scattering Boot Camp - Presented by Wyatt Technology

Light scattering addresses many key analytical challenges in characterizing proteins, polymers and nanoparticles. In this seminar, we’ll review light scattering fundamentals and the understanding of dynamic and static light scattering in chromatography. 

Join us on Friday, November, 9th, for a series of presentation and demos by Wyatt Technology Application Scientists, focused on helping apply these instruments and techniques correctly for your industry or research needs. 


  • Registration- 8:30 AM
  • Welcome Address & IEN Overview - 9:00-9:20AM
  • Wyatt Tech Overview - 9:20-9:30AM
  • Session 1: Wyatt Technical Presenatations - 9:30AM-12:00PM
  • Luncheon and Poster Viewing - 12:00-1:00PM
  • Session 2: Wyatt Technical Presenatations - 1:00-3:00PM
  • IEN Cleanroom and Characterization Facility Tours - 3:00-3:30PM
  • Networking Session with Wyatt and IEN Technical Staff - 3:30-4:00PM

Sign up for the semniar here

(Registration is required to receive lunch.)