Nanoday 2015 Seminar, a Roaring Success

UNAM’s seminar series have closed for the semester with a full-day event, Nanoday ‘15, featuring a nanopicture contest and poster presentations as well as keynote talks by four world-renowned researchers. Prof. Christoph Gerber (University of Basel), Prof. Dave Blank (University of Twente, MESA+), Prof. Oliver Schmidt (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research) and Prof. Matthew Tirrell (University of Chicago) were the speakers for the annual event, which took place on the 15th of May.

Dr. Gerber, an eminent scientist noted for his contributions to the invention of scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopies, presented the first talk of the day on the development of cantilever-based nanom echanical detection methods for advanced medical diagnostics. He was followed by Dr. Blank, director of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, who detailed his use of the reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) technique for the fabrication of thin films of alternating material compositions and precise control over material boundaries. Following poster evaluations and a lunch break, the afternoon session of the event continued with talks by Dr. Schmidt, on the design of lightweight materials and small-scale robots, and Dr. Tirrell, on the use of peptide nanostructures as bioactive materials for disease diagnostics and treatment.

The day’s talks were followed by an awards ceremonyfor the winners of the poster andpicture contests. İsmail Bilican, Nuray Gündüz and Talha Masood Khan won the nanopicture contest, while Mehmet Girayhan Say, Burak Güzeltürk and Anitha Senthamizhan received the poster presentation awards.

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