A Chemists Approach to Nanofabrication: Towards a Desktop Fab
Speaker: Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University
Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium 222
Date/Time: Friday, October 18, 2013, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Microfabrication techniques have revolutionized the world however most are not simple, cheap, and rapid enough to allow for the creation of prototype devices on the bench top. We have been pursuing a number of cantilever-free scanning probe lithographic methods that would be however. These methods are promising in that they are intrinsically low cost, high resolution, and massively parallelizable. In particular, polymer pen lithography (PPL) and beam pen lithography (BPL), mark a step towards the realization of a desktop fab, enabling highthroughput, rapid nano- and micro-scale patterning of molecules and materials in an arbitrary fashion. Such strategies could allow researchers to synthesize, probe, and manipulate catalytic, electronic, and biological systems quickly and easily on the bench top enabling experiments unthinkable using traditional methodologies.
Dr. Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a world renowned chemist and nanoscience expert, who has authored over 540 manuscripts and 900 patent applications (250 issued) worldwide. Dr. Mirkin has been recognized for his accomplishments with over 80 national and international awards, such as the Linus Pauling Medal and the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. He is a Member of the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST, Obama Administration), and one of only 12 scientists, engineers, and medical doctors to be elected to all three US National Academies (the Institute of Medicine, the Natl. Academy of Sciences, and the Natl. Academy of Engineering). He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the founding editor of the journal Small and the founder of four companies, Nanosphere, Inc., NanoInk, Inc., AuraSense, LLC, and AuraSense Therapeutics, LLC.