Scientific Program

Sunday, November 3

5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Registration: Rotunda, Jefferson Hotel

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Reception: Rotunda, Jefferson Hotel

All scientific sessions will be held in the ballroom of the Jefferson Hotel.

Monday, November 4

Inaugural Session

Chair: Barbara Boyan, Virginia Commonwealth University

9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Puru Jena, Symposium Chair, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

9:10 a.m.–9:20 a.m.
Welcome Address
Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonweath University, USA

9:20 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address: Regenerative Engineering and Nanotechnology
Cato T. Laurencin, University of Connecticut, USA

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

Session A: Carbon–Old and New

Chair: Robert L. Whetten, Northern Arizona University

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
The Aromatic Universe
A.G.G.M. Tielens, Leiden University, Netherlands

11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Pentagraphene and its Applications
Qian Wang, Peking University, China

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
A novel carbon allotrope grown via molecularly templated CVD
Joel Therrien, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA

12:00 p.m.–12:15 p.m.
Hot topic: Graphene Nanocomposites with Exceptionally High Strength and Toughness
Xiaodong Li, University of Virginia, USA

12:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Session B: Batteries

Chair: Jagjit Nanda, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Lithium, Magnesium and Silver Light Element Electrolytes
Torben R. Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Cluster-inspired anti-perovskites as solid state electrolytes in Li and Na-ion batteries
Hong Fang, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Synthesis and Physical Properties of Cluster-Ion Based Antiperovskites
Yet-Ming Chiang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Hot topic: Design of Topological Quantum Materials for Fast Charging Batteries
Qiang Sun, Peking University, China

3:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break

Session C: Nano Medicine - I

Chair: Richard Joh, Virginia Commonwealth University

4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
DNA: Not Merely the Secret of Life
Nadrian C. Seeman, New York University, USA

4:45 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Application of Nano Materials to Diagnostics and Drug Discovery
Lance Liotta, George Mason University, USA

5:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
Wireless electronic nano-biosensors using graphene FET transistor and DNA nano-tweezers for global health and security
Ratneshwar Lal, University of California San Diego, USA

5:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
Nanoparticles and light for sustainability and societal impact
Naomi Halas, Rice University, USA

6:15 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5

Session D: 2D Materials Synthesis

Chair: Qiang Sun, Peking University

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Two-dimensional alloys and hybrid architectures
P. M. Ajayan, Rice University, USA

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Why MXenes?
Michel W. Barsoum, Drexel University, USA

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Nanoparticle Beam Deposition at the Gram Scale: A Novel Route to the Solvent-Free Creation of Heterogeneous Catalysts
Richard Palmer, Swansea University, UK

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Hot topic: Extraordinary Nonlinear Optical Responses from Atomically Thin Metal Films
Kenneth L. Knappenberger, Jr., Pennsylvania State University, USA

10:15 am–10:45 am
Coffee break


Chair: Kit Bowen, Johns Hopkins University

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Laser Synthesis and Spectroscopy of Ultra-Small Oxide Clusters and Nanoparticles
Michael Duncan, University of Georgia, USA

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Structure and properties of size selected clusters on various substrates
Peter Lievens, KU Leuven, Belgium

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Towards applications of carbon nanotubes
Sumio Iijima, Meijo University, Japan

12:15 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hot topic: Supported Copper Nanocatalysts for Selective CO2 Hydrogenation
Mallory G. John, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Session F: Memorial Session

Chair: Puru Jena, Virginia Commonwealth University

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Will Castleman: A Multifaceted Pioneer in Cluster Science
Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado, USA

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Millie Dresselhaus: Scientist, Leader and Humanist
George Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Some Recent Advances in Density Functional Theory, and a Tribute to Walter Kohn
John Perdew, Temple University, USA

3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Alkane Activation at Catalytic Metal Surfaces and the Pioneering Work of John T. Yates, Jr.
Ian Harrison, University of Virginia, USA

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Free time / networking

6:00 p.m.
Group photo
Grand staircase, Jefferson Hotel

6:15 p.m.
Rotunda, Jefferson Hotel

7:00 p.m.
Banquet: Ballroom, Jefferson Hotel
Toast: P. Srirama Rao, Vice President for Research and Innovation, VCU
Vote of thanks: Puru Jena, VCU
After-dinner speaker: George Grabtree, Argonne National Laboratory

Wednesday, November 6

Session G: Materials Theory

Chair: Yuri Mishin, George Mason University

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Sorting through messy nanoparticles with first principles calculations
Giulia Galli, The University of Chicago, USA

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Universal Linear Scaling of Topological Phase Transition in Band Theory
Feng Liu, University of Utah, USA

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Superhydrides under High Pressure Towards Room-Temperature Superconductivity
Yanming Ma, Jilin University, China

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Hot topic: Stoichiometric Formation of Open-Shell [PtAu24(SR)18]- via Spontaneous Inter-Cluster Electron Transfer
Megumi Suyama, University of Tokyo, Japan

10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Coffee break

Session H: Solar Cells

Denis Demchenko, Virginia Commonwealth University

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Thermal and photodriven mobility of halide ions in metal halide perovskite nanostructures
Prashant Kamat, University of Notre Dame, USA

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Multiscale modelling of charge and energy transport in perovskite materials and organic semiconductors and devices
Alison B. Walker, University of Bath, UK

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Quantification of Nanoparticle Composition and Structure
David Castner, University of Washington, USA

12:15 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hot topic: Nanosurface Engineering of Oxide Based Semiconductor Towards Full Solar Spectrum Harvesting: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigation
Tuhin K. Maji, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Session I: Nano Medicine - II

Chair: Juvencio Robles, University of Guanajuato

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Applications of Interferometry to Medicine on the Nanoscale
Jason Reed, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Detecting Intracellular analytes using nanoparticle-based platforms
Devleena Samanta, Northwestern University, USA

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
The use of nano-enabled chemo-immunotherapy for breast and pancreas cancer
Andre Nel, University of California Los Angeles, USA

3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Hot topic: Numerical Study on the Optical and Thermal Response of Laser Excited Gold Nanoshells for Photothermal Therapy
Joshua Fernandes, Dong-A University, South Korea

3:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
Coffee break

Session J: Thermoelectrics

Chair: Subhendra D. Mahanti, Michigan State University

4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
High-Entropy Alloy Approach to Thermoelectric Materials
S. Joseph Poon, University of Virginia, USA

4:45 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials
Jeff Snyder, Northwestern University, USA

5:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
Intrinsically minimal thermal conductivity and phonon-glass behavior in crystalline solids
Donald T. Morelli, Michigan State University, USA

6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Poster Session II, Empire Room

Thursday, November 7

Session K: Nano Medicine - III

Chair: Loren Picco, Virginia Commonwealth University

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Molecular Spin Crossover Phenomenon at the Nanoscale: Motion and Spintronic Properties, Toward Artificial Muscles
Azzedine Bousseksou CNRS, Toulouse, France

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Cross Talk in the Amyloid Assembly of Peptides and Proteins: Implications for Alzheimer's Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Michael Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Do you see the light? Cherenkov Spectroscopy for Radiation Therapy and Targeting
Roy Clarke, University of Michigan, USA

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Hot topic: Antibody Impact on Emission and Energy Band Profile of Bioconjugated CdSeTe/ZnS Quantum Dots
T.V. Torchynska, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico

10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Coffee break

Session L: Nano Clusters - II

Chair: Amal Dass, University of Mississippi

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Molecular Clusters: Building Blocks for Material Design
Xavier Roy, Columbia University, USA

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
The science of atom-precise ligand stabilized metal nanoclusters
Hannu Hakkinen, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
C60+ in interstellar space
John P. Maier, Universität Basel, Switzerland

12:15 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hot topic: The Smallest Piece of Metallic Gold: Faradaurate-279
Naga Arjun Sakthivel, University of Mississippi, USA

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Session M: Nano Bio

Chair: Kenneth L. Knappenberger, Jr., Pennsylvania State University

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Photocatalysis and Chirality of Clusters
Ueli Heiz, Technical University of Munich, Germany

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Metal Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions on Novel Carbon Support Systems
Frank Gupton, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Solutions of anionic 2D materials and phosphorene nanoribbons
Chris Howard, University College, London, UK

3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Hot topic: Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of a Flagella-Scaffolded Metallic Nanocluster Network
Patrick Edwards, University of Southern California, USA

3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Concluding remarks
Weining Wang, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA