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Spring 2024 - CREATE Event Schedule

*Unless otherwise specified, all events listed below will be held at the ACC Highland Campus in Rm CR 1101 (inside the ACCelerator). Refreshments will be provided. Please continue to visit this page for updates.

Tuesday, February 20th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Emily Que |  Professor, Department of Chemistry

"Fluorescent probes for monitoring metallo-beta-lactamase antibiotic resistance enzymes"

Abstract: Metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs) grant resistance to a broad spectrum of β-lactam antibiotics including last-resort carbapenems and is emerging as a global antibiotic resistance threat. Limited zinc availability adversely impacts the ability of MBLs to provide resistance, but many clinical variants have emerged that are more resistant to zinc scarcity. To provide novel tools to study metal ion sequestration in host-pathogen interactions and the dynamic metalation state of MBLs in these contexts, we are developing fluorescent probes that bind to the dizinc of active site. The development of reversible turn-on fluorescent probes for MBLs provides a means to monitor the impact of metal ion sequestration by host defense mechanisms and to detect inhibitor target engagement during the development of therapeutics to counter this resistance determinant. Recent developments in our lab along this research theme will be discussed.

  • The Que Group research lies at the intersection of bioinorganic chemistry and chemical biology, with an emphasis on the development of chemical tools and probes to gain a deeper understanding of biological systems

  • Professor Que's research group is composed of chemists, biologists, and biochemists


Monday, February 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Emanuel Tutuc  |  Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

"Si-Ge Nanowire Heterostructures and Devices"

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Abstract: The combination of vapor-liquid-solid growth mechanism with

epitaxial this film growth allows the realization of band-engineered core-shell nanowire heterostructures, where the shell content and thickness can be accurately controlled. Understanding the electronic and structural properties of such heterostructures is not only of fundamental importance, but can have direct implications for aggressively scaled, non-planar complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor device. In this presentation we will discuss the growth and structural characterization of a set of silicon and germanium-based core-shell nanowires, the characterization of in strain such heterostructures which stems from the lattice mismatch between the different materials, as well as the realization of high performance field-effect transistors.

  • Professor Tutuc holds the B.N. Gafford Professorship in Electrical Engineering in the Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • The Tutuc Group is exploring the growth and electronic properties of quantum confined systems, such as semiconductor nanowires, 2D materials including transition metal di-chalcogenides and graphene, for novel high speed, low power electronic devices

Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Michael Aubrey |  Professor, Department of Chemistry

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  • Professor Aubrey joined the UT chemistry faculty in March 2020

  • The Aubrey Group wants to use synthesis of new material interfaces to create active materials that can move and shape their environments, display emergent phenomena, and have applications in energy storage

  • The Aubrey Group researches chemistry at material interfaces, with focus in electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science, nanoscience/technology, surface chemistry, synthesis, and energy/environmental sustainability

  • Professor Aubrey is currently looking for new students passionate about inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, and materials discovery

Thursday, April 4th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Tom Truskett |  Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering 

  • Professor Truskett is the Dick Rothwell Endowed Chair in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

  • The Truskett Group focuses on how interfaces and confinement impact the properties of molecular liquids and crystals, colloidal and nanoparticle suspensions, protein solutions, and glassy solids

  • Professor Truskett's research group is composed of chemists and chemical engineers

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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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