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  • Apr
    3

    CANCELLED - EES Seminar: Junhong Chen

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    Molecular Engineering of Field-Effect Transistor Water Sensors Based on 2D Nanomaterials

    Abstract

    The National Academy of Engineering identified “providing access to clean water” as one of the top ten grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. A central requirement for safe drinking water is the availability of low-cost and real-time water quality monitoring. Current detection methods for critical analytes in water are often too expensive or unsuitable for in-situ and real-time detection. The unmet need is evidenced by the insufficient onsite water quality monitoring along the water distribution line and at the point of use that has led to major catastrophes such as the Flint Water Crisis due to the deterioration in water quality within water distribution systems. This talk will unveil a powerful approach to real-time water sensors through molecular engineering of 2D nanomaterials in a field-effect transistor platform. The working principle of the sensor is that the conductivity of 2D nanomaterial channel changes upon binding of chemical or biological species to molecular probes anchored on the nanomaterial surface. As such, the presence and the concentration of analytes (e.g., heavy metals, bacteria, and nutrients) can be determined by measuring the sensor resistance change. The patented technology allows for real-time detection of deadly contaminants with unprecedented sensitivity and selectivity in field settings for one-time testing or in-line continuous flow testing. The sensor signals can be wirelessly transmitted to a central control station so that the health status of the entire water distribution system could be monitored remotely in real time. The envisioned smart water distribution system can significantly mitigate risks to ensure a safe water supply. The talk will focus on the molecular engineering aspects of the sensor device (e.g., engineering nanomaterial channel, molecular probe, and device passivation) through both theoretical and experimental approaches. The talk will end with a brief introduction on the translation of the platform technology from concept to prototype product through partnership with industries.

    Bio
    Junhong Chen is currently Professor of Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and Lead Water Strategist & Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to coming to Chicago, Dr. Chen served as a program director for the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program of the US National Science Foundation (NSF). He also served as a co-chair of the NSF-wide ERC Working Group to design the ERC Planning Grants program and the Gen-4 ERC program. In addition, Dr. Chen was a representative from the Engineering Directorate serving on the NSF-wide Working Groups for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and NSF Research Traineeship (NRT). Prior to joining NSF in May 2017, he was a regent scholar of the University of Wisconsin System, a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, and an Excellence in Engineering Faculty Fellow in Nanotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He served as the director of NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Water Equipment & Policy (WEP) for six years. He founded NanoAffix Science LLC to commercialize real-time water sensors based on 2D nanomaterials. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Minnesota in 2002 and was a postdoctoral scholar in chemical engineering at California Institute of Technology from 2002 to 2003. His current research focuses on nanomaterial innovation for sustainable energy and environment. Dr. Chen has published over 250 journal papers and has been listed as a highly cited researcher (top 1%) in materials science/cross-field by Clarivate Analytics over the last three years. Dr. Chen’s research has led to 9 issued patents, 5 pending patents, and 13 licensing agreements. He is a pioneer in technology commercialization through exemplary industrial partnership and the university start-up company. Dr. Chen is an elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a recipient of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Medal. His start-up company, NanoAffix, is a recipient of the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Award.

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    TIME Friday, April 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Apr
    8

    CANCELLED - Northwestern Sustainability Lecture Series

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    9:00 AM Norris University Center

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    TIME Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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  • Apr
    8

    CANCELLED - SPREE Seminar: Marco Amabili

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Apr
    15

    CANCELLED - 2nd Annual High School Nanoscience Hands-on Workshop

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    8:30 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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  • Apr
    17

    PhD Defense: Paul Roots

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    12:30 PM

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    TIME Friday, April 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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  • Apr
    29

    CANCELLED - SPREE Seminar: Oluwaseyi Balogun

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • May
    8

    CANCELLED - EES Seminar: Chris Marshall

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • May
    25

    Memorial Day (no classes)

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    TIME Monday, May 25, 2020

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  • Jun
    19

    Commencement

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    TIME Friday, June 19, 2020

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  • Jun
    19

    McCormick PhD Hooding Ceremony

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    2:00 PM Ryan Family Auditorium, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, June 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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