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We are still in the process of selecting presenters for the fall semester and seminars will be added to the schedule. *Unless otherwise specified, all events listed below will be held in the Highland Campus Accelerator in CR-1101 on the day listed. Refreshments will be provided. Please continue to visit this page for updates.

Event Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 21st, 6:00-8:00PM; Program Q&A and Poster Session featuring 2023 CREATE Alumni

  • Tuesday, November 14th, 6:00-8:00PM; Research Seminar with Professor Delia Milliron:

    • Professor Milliron is the ​Bill L. Stanley Endowed Leadership Chair in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

    • The Milliron Group focuses on chemical synthesis and assembly of nanostructured electronic and electrochemical materials, processing-structure-property relationships, energy and electronic devices.

    • Professor Milliron's research group is composed of chemists, materials scientists, and engineers motivated by the challenges of next-generation electronic devices and energy technologies

  • TBD; Research seminar with Professor Edward Yu:​

Fall 2023 - CREATE Event Schedule

Arrival at HLC

Parking for CREATE seminars is available in the visitor parking lot near the corner of Highland Mall Blvd and Jonathan Dr.

Please use the East Entrance of Building 1000 and proceed down the Social Staircase. The Accelerator will be on the right.

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Thursday, March 9th from 6:00-7:30

Professor Huiliang (Evan) Wang | Assistant Professor | Biomedical Engineering

"Ultrasound triggered liposome light source for noninvasive optogenetics"

Optogenetics has revolutionized neuroscience understanding by allowing spatiotemporal control over cell-type specific neurons in neural circuits. However, visible light cannot be directly delivered to deep brain tissue, due to the severe dissipation and scattering of photons. As a result, invasive craniotomy is usually required to implant optical fibers in the brain for in vivo optogenetic stimulation, resulting in permanent damage and chronic gliosis in brain tissue. To achieve non-invasive optogenetics with high temporal resolution and excellent biocompatibility, we have developed focused ultrasound triggered nanoscopic light sources (Lipo@IR780/L012) for deep brain photon delivery. Synchronized and stable blue light emission was generated under FUS irradiation

due to the activation of chemiluminescent L012 via nearby

reactive oxygen species generated by IR780. In vitro tests

revealed that Lipo@IR780/L012 could be triggered by FUS

for light emission at different frequencies and hence

activate opsin-expressing spiking HEK cells under the FUS

irradiation. In vivo optogenetic stimulation further

demonstrated that motor cortex neurons could be

noninvasively and reversibly activated under the repetitive

FUS stimulation after i.v. injection of lipid nanoparticles to

achieve limb motions control.

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Thursday, February 16th from 6:00-7:30

Professor Hang Ren | Assistant Professor | Department of Chemistry


"Revealing the heterogeneity in metal dissolution reaction via colocalized electrochemical and structural imaging"

Electrochemical metal dissolution reactions are fundamentally important in battery and corrosion processes. Their kinetics is highly dependent on surface structures and the presence of passive films. In this talk, I will present the study on the initiation of metal dissolution reactions on Ag and Ni, representing model systems for oxide-free and oxide-covered metals, respectively. The local dissolution kinetics is voltammetrically mapped via scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM). Co-localized characterization of crystal orientation reveals slower dissolution on {111} close-packed

planes. The local dissolution kinetics on grain boundaries

can also be directly measured, which shows a faster

dissolution rate on some but not all grain boundaries. The

dependence of passive film breakdown on the thickness of

the passive film is also revealed, which is obtained from

colocalized TOF-SIMS mapping. We demonstrate that

correlative electrochemical and structural imaging are

powerful tools for studying heterogeneity at complex

electrochemical interfaces.

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