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.

Micro-Physiological System Seminar Series

September 17th, 2019 @ 11am-12pm | Krone EBB, 1st Floor CHOA Conference Room | Georgia Institute of Technology

This seminars-plus-lunch program aims to catalyze scientific and cultural exchange between Georgia Tech students and 12 visiting undergrads from Japan. It will also provide GaTech students a brief preview of a planned international exchange program for summer 2020 and beyond.

Microfluidics & International Research Collaborations: Shuichi Takayama, Ph.D. - Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar, Price Gilbert Hr Chair in Regenerative Engineering and Medicine, The Wallace H Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech & Emory

  •  My presentation will start with description of an interesting microfluidic phenomenon and its application to microfluidic sperm sorting used for in vitro fertilization. This was an international industry-academia collaboration that led to an FDA-cleared medical device that is used clinically. The presentation will also describe a computer-controlled microfluidic pumping technology that was developed by an undergraduate student, then applied to biomedical needs such as microfluidic embryo culture, another device that has been tested clinically. A final microfluidic topic will be efforts, including work by Ga Tech Undergrads, to construct microscale intestine models with human intestinal organoids and a microbiome. 
  • The presentation will also give a short preview of two components of the planned exchange program:
    • Mentoring opportunity for GRADUATE STUDENTS to host a Japanese Undergrad Researcher for ~5 weeks in Aug/Sept 2020. Mentors will be invited to cultural exchange programs and also receive $3000 to be used for travel to scientific conferences or materials and supplies for the lab.
    • Another component is an opportunity for Georgia Tech BME UNDERGRADS to do a fully-sponsored Global Internship Program (GIP) in Japan in summer 2020 (mid May - July) doing research at leading Japanese Universities.

Ultrafast microfluidic cell compression for convective intracellular macromolecule delivery: Anna Liu - Ph.D. candidate The Wallace H Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech

  •  Efficient intracellular delivery of target macromolecules remains a major obstacle in cell engineering, cell labeling, and other biomedical applications. Our lab has discovered the unique cell biophysical phenomenon of convective intracellular macromolecule delivery using mechanically induced, transient cell volume exchange. Ultrafast microfluidic cell compressions are used to cause brief, deformationinduced cell volume loss followed by volume recovery through uptake of surrounding fluid. Macromolecules suspended in the surrounding fluid enter the cell on convective fluid currents. We harness this cell volume exchange behavior for high-throughput, convective intracellular delivery of large macromolecules, including plasmids (>10 kb) and particles (>30 nm), while maintaining high cell viability (>95%). Successful experiments in transfection and intracellular labeling demonstrate potential to overcome the most prohibitive challenges in intracellular delivery for cell engineering

Investigating health effects of aerosol particles on single-cells in a high-throughput air-liquid interface platform: Jenni Li - Undergraduate researcher 

  • Air pollution and its detrimental health effects have been an increasingly alarming concern for the world. Cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and different types of cancers can all be linked to air pollution effects. Furthermore, over 4 million people die per year from the direct effects of ambient particulate matter. One conventional method for studying the health effects of aerosol particles is to collect particulate matter (PM) from the atmosphere, resuspend the PM in cell culture media, add the PM/media to cell cultures, and assess single cell oxidative stress. However, this method does not resemble the in vivo conditions of alveolar macrophages. Alveolar macrophages are found in the alveoli of the lungs where the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange between blood and air takes place and are a key cell type that is affected by PM. In this project, we aim to create a microfluidic air-liquid interface environment that mimics how alveolar macrophages are exposed to PM in order to study effects of PM at a single-cell level. Utilizing a microfluidic platform provides uniform microenvironment and enables high-throughput and high content single-cell analysis for hundreds of cells. We adapted a previously developed microfluidic single-cell analysis technology and developed a method for exposing cells to an air-liquid interface. We then characterized cells by microscopy and LIVE/DEAD staining to assess if cells remain viable during air exposure. Following this validation of the air-liquid interface platform, we will use it to study the single cell responses of intracellular reactive oxygen species in exposure to aerosol particles


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ED/PHO/GEDC Seminar: Mixed-Domain Nano-Systems for Integrated Radio Frequency Communication Applications

September 18, 2019 @ 11:00AM-12:30PM | Technology Square Research Building, 1st Floor Auditorium | 85 5th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30308 

Please join us for a seminar in partnership with the Georgia Electronic Design Center. Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian from the University of Florida will give a talk on the mixed-domain nano-systems for radio frequency communications.

The Smart Connected World paradigm is based upon communication hardware that meet stringent requirements on performance, size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP). For example, the new wireless protocols (i.e. 5G and beyond) enforce extreme enhancement of spectrum use efficiency, bandwidth, and reconfigurability, which requires substantial transformation of available RF front-end modules. In this talk, I will discuss mixed-domain RF nano-systems that are realized at the intersection of semiconductor electronics, nano-acoustics, and atomic-layered ferroelectrics. These systems are poised to enable unprecedented functionalities, in ultra-miniaturized SWaP, for emerging communication applications. In the first part, I will discuss the design and fabrication innovations that pave the way for monolithic integration of nano-mechanical spectral processors on semiconductor platforms. Specifically, I will introduce the fin-based high-Q M/NEMS resonator technology and atomic-layered ferroelectric-hafnia transducers as the two enablers for realization of the first integrated cm- and mm-wave spectral processors. In the second part, I will present novel semiconductor-based RF components that exploit linear and nonlinear interactions of acoustic waves and electric fields to realize previously unavailable processing capabilities at the chip scale. In this context, I will go over the design and implementation of acousto-electric amplifiers, non-reciprocal filters, frequency reference chains, and instinctually adaptive limiters, and discuss their application space.


Roozbeh Tabrizian received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2007, and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013. In 2014, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan as a Postdoctoral research fellow. In August 2015, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida as an Assistant Professor.

His research at the University of Florida involves linear, nonlinear, and nonreciprocal nano-acoustic devices, RF M/NEMS, mixed-domain nanosystems for time-keeping / transfer, frequency reference, and spectroscopy applications, and micro- / nano-fabrication technologies. Dr. Tabrizian is the recipient of DARPA Young Faculty Award (2019) and NSF CAREER award (2018). His research has resulted in more than 50 journal and conference papers, 2 book chapters, 3 published patents and 10 patent applications. He and his students are the recipients of outstanding paper awards at the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems (Transducers).

Note that parking is available at the Centergy One Parking Deck. Slightly cheaper parking is available at the GTRI Hotel and Conference Center.

Data Informatics Workshop: "Materials Informatics 101: Data Science Literacy"

September 18-19, 2019 | GT Manufacturing Institute Auditorium | 813 Ferst Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30332 

This workshop, co-developed by Citrine Informatics1 and the Institute for Materials at Georgia Tech2, seeks to provide basic skills in data analysis and machine learning for materials scientists and engineers. The pace of the course is such that students from academia and industry with minimal experience in computation will be able to benefit.

Day 1 of the course will introduce a variety of open-source web tools for extracting and analyzing materials data. Day 2 of the course will introduce programmatic techniques for materials data analysis. The goal is to introduce students in materials-related disciplines to these emerging techniques that are being increasingly utilized in academic and industrial materials research.

The cost of this 2 day workshop is $25.00. Cost includes lunches.


A Physical Organic Chemist's Approach to Precursors for the Deposition of Inorganic Nanostructures

September 19th, 2019 @ 10:00AM | Marcus Nanotechnology Building 1117-1118 | Georgia Institute of Technology

Abstract:  Nanostructured materials can be deposited from organometallic and inorganic precursors by a variety of techniques including chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID). Precursor choice requires consideration of the reaction conditions and possible decomposition mechanisms for the particular method. Mechanism-based design of precursors for CVD will be presented in case studies for contrast with strategies for design of FEBID precursors. The examples for CVD will be low temperature deposition of tungsten carbonitride (WNxCy) and tungsten oxide (WOx) films and nanoparticles. In contrast, the conditions for FEBID are surface reactions under high electron flux, necessitating different precursor design rules. Strategies for adapting selected CVD precursor types for FEBID and efforts to identify privileged ligand classes and optimal coordination spheres for FEBID precursors will be discussed in the context of studies on Ru, Pt and Au complexes

Bio: Lisa McElwee-White is the Colonel Allen R. and Margaret G. Crow Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Kansas and completed her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology. After two years of postdoctoral work at Stanford University, she joined the Stanford faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1985. She moved to the University of Florida as an Associate Professor in 1993 and was promoted to Professor in 1997. Following a term as Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she returned to the Department of Chemistry, where she became Chair in 2017. She has also served as Director of the UF Beckman Scholars Program and Director of the NSF-CCI Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials. Prof. McElwee-White’s current research interests center around the applications of organometallic chemistry in materials science. Her work has been funded by a variety of federal agencies, foundations, and companies including NSF, DOE, ARO, ONR, NASA, ACS-PRF, the Beckman Foundation, HHMI and FEI.

She is the author of 155 peer reviewed publications and has presented more than 200 invited lectures. Her Editorial Board service includes ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Organometallics, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Letters in Organic Chemistry and Current Organic Chemistry. She has served as Chair of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and was named as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2010. Her recent awards include the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal (2019), Herty Medal (2019), Florida Award (2015) and the Charles H. Stone Award (2012)

Fall 2019 IEN Soft Lithography for Microfluidics Short Course

September 19 & 20, 2019 | Marcus Nanotechnology Building 1116 | 345 Ferst Drive | Atlanta GA | 30332

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on “Soft Lithography for Microfluidics” on September 19 & 20, 2019. This course module is designed for individuals interested in hands-on training in the fabrication of microfluidic devices using the soft lithography technique. This 2 day intensive short course will be structured to assume no prior knowledge of the technologies by the participants. The course agenda is evenly divided between laboratory hands-on sessions, including SU-8 master mold creation using photolithography and PDMS device fabrication in the IEN cleanroom, and supporting lectures.  The goal for this course is to impart a basic understanding of soft lithography for microfluidic applications as practiced in academia and industry.

Rates:  *rates include lunch on both days*

Georgia Tech Rate: $150
Academic and Government Rate: $300
Industry Rate: $600


Materials Innovation Lecture: Optimizing Metals Additive Manufacturing

September 25, 2019 @ 11:00AM-12:00PM | MRDC Building, Room 4211 | 801 Ferst Drive NW | Georgia Tech

Aaron P. Stebner – Rowlinson Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines 

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is developing a combined physics – machine learning platform for assessing Process-StructureProperty relationships in metals additive manufacturing. 

In this presentation, it will be shown how such framework can be used to optimize parts, processes, and materials for metals additive manufacturing, resulting in reduced times and costs for qualifications. The parts example will cover accelerated qualification of a 17-4 Stainless Steel door hinge for an Army ground vehicle. The parts example will cover accelerated qualification of a 17-4 Stainless Steel door hinge for an Army ground vehicle. The materials example will document ways and means to make laser powder bed fusion manufactured Inconel 718 stronger & more ductile than wrought material. The processes example will show how machine learning can be used to determine the parameters for a new printer that has a more powerful laser than previous generations of machines, with verification carried out in printing Ti-64 coupons.

Introduction to Vapor Sorption Techniques and its Applications

September 30, 2019 @ 9:00AM-3:30PM | Marcus Nanotechnology Building 1117-1118 | Georgia Tech

Vapor sorption techniques of Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) and Inverse Gas Chromatography (IGC) will be introduced in this seminar. The presentations will focus on the physicochemical characterization capabilities offered by the DVS and IGC in polymers, films, powders, nanomaterials, and composites. Related to IGC, practical examples and case studies will cover a wide range of relevant problems including: surface energetics, wetting behavior, composite adhesion/ cohesion phenomena, solubility parameters, and powder flowability/agglomeration. Related to DVS, examples and case studies will be reviewed, such as, moisture sorption properties, drying and shelf life stability, determination of amorphous contents, vapor-induced phase changes, and vapor diffusion/permeability studies. 


  • Registration & Refreshments 9:00 AM
  • Welcome Address & IEN Overview 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Introduction to DVS - Background Science & Applications 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Guest Lecture: “Understanding and controlling waterorganic co-transport in amorphous microporous materials” - Prof. Ryan Lively, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech 10:45 AM – 11:45AM
  • IEN Cleanroom and Laboratory Tour 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Lunch Break 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Introduction to IGC - Background Science & Applications 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Networking Session and Q&A 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM