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Time & Date

9:00-10:30 AM, Friday, December 16, 2022

Venue

Online: ZOOM ID 818 5254 2355

Host

Dr. Jianjun Cheng, Chair Professor, Westlake University

Audience

Faculty and Staff,Graduate Students,Undergraduate Students

Category

Academics and Research

31st Westlake Engineering Lecture Series (WELS) | Qian Chen: “Cinematography” of soft, biological, and energy matter at the nanoscale

Time: 9:00-10:30 AM, Friday, December 16, 2022

Online: ZOOM ID 818 5254 2355

Host: Dr. Jianjun Cheng, Chair Professor, Westlake University

Language: English

Speaker

Prof.Qian Chen

Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Biography:

Prof. Qian Chen is currently an Associate Professor and Racheff Scholar in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She obtained her PhD from the same department with Prof. Steve Granick (2012) and did her postdoc with Prof. Paul Alivisatos at UC Berkeley under Miller Fellowship. She joined the faculty of UIUC in 2015 and since then has received awards for the research in her group including Victor LaMer award in ACS (2015), Forbes 30 under 30 Science List (2016), Air Force Office of Scientific Research YIP award (2017), National Science Foundation CAREER award (2018), Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry (2018), Unilever award in ACS (2018), and Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (2020&2022), and the Hanwha-TotalEnergies IUPAC Young Scientist Award (2022). The research in her group focuses on the broad scheme of imaging, understanding and engineering soft materials at the nanoscale.

Abstract:

I will discuss my group's recent progress on adapting a suite of electron microscopy methods (e.g., liquid-phase TEM, electron tomography, 4D-STEM) and machine-learning based data-mining to synthetic soft, biological, and energy related systems. In the first system, we focus on the phase behaviors of nano-sized building units as they are dispersed in solution. As a proof-of-concept, we directly image the crystallization pathways of nanosized colloids into superlattices, where the discreteness and multi-scale coupling effects complicate the free energy landscape. Single particle tracking and simulations combined unravel a series of interesting pathways at this length scale, enabling advanced crystal engineering for metamaterials. In the second system, we study membrane proteins in their native lipid and liquid environment at the nanometer resolution. The proteins exhibit real-time fingering fluctuations. The conformational coordinates of proteins obtained from the movies are used as inputs in our molecular dynamics simulations, to verify the driving force underpinning the function-relevant fluctuation. In the third system, we further push direct imaging to multivalent ion batteries, where the strain embedded heterogeneously within leads to distinct charge transport properties. We foresee our suite of “cinematography” tools to provide crucial insights in various materials systems, with the common theme of imaging and manipulating materials in space and time at the nanoscale.

Contact:

Ms. Huaiwei Shi, School of Engineering

shihuaiwei@westlake.edu.cn


Time & Date

9:00-10:30 AM, Friday, December 16, 2022

Venue

Online: ZOOM ID 818 5254 2355

Host

Dr. Jianjun Cheng, Chair Professor, Westlake University

Audience

Faculty and Staff,Graduate Students,Undergraduate Students

Category

Academics and Research