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Mark Raizen (University of Texas)

Zooming in on Brownian Motion with Einstein’s Speed Demon

September 5, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


Kevin Krisciunas (Texas A&M University)

Where did Copernicus get the building blocks for his new model of the cosmos?

September 12, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


Lucas Macri (Texas A&M University)

TBA

September 26, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Juan Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

Black holes, entropy and quantum information

October 3, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


Ian Low (Northwestern University)

TBA

October 8, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


Dmitri Kharzeev (SUNY Stony Brook)

TBA

October 10, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


Jairo Sinova (University of Mainz)

TBA

October 17, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


Christoph Weder (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Motivated by the persistent desire to develop new materials, which offer currently unavailable functions, research focused on the creation of polymers with tailored stimuli-responsive properties has evolved into an important field at the interface of chemistry, materials science, physics, and other disciplines. Due to their dynamic, stimuli-responsive nature, non-covalent interactions represent a versatile design element for the creation of stimuli-responsive polymers with unusual functions. This general approach is also widely used in Nature. The exploitation of particular nanostructures is another design element that has emerged in Nature to achieve specific functions. Several types of materials that rely on these general design approaches will be presented. Interactions that will be highlighted include hydrogen bonds and metal-ligand binding and such motifs were used to assemble small molecules, supramolecular polymers, nanoparticles, and combinations of these building blocks to create mechanically adaptin

October 17, 2019 at 4:00PM | Zachry Engineering Education Complex


Jeevak Parpia (Cornell University)

TBA

November 14, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium


Alex Drlica-Wagner (Fermilab)

TBA

November 21, 2019 at 4:00PM | Hawking Auditorium