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Noble Metal Nanoparticles (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From Crystal Form to Active Functions in Physics, Chemistry and Biology


June 18-19, 2016


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Lisa V. Brown & Amanda M. Goodman

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Noble Metal Nanoparticles is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to discuss new methods for the synthesis and characterization of noble metal nanoparticles as well as several emerging applications in biomedicine, chemical sensing, catalysis, alternative energy, and basic research. The seminar will conclude with a career panel by notable scientists in the field who currently have positions in academic, industrial, and national laboratories.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Noble Metal Nanoparticles" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Current and Future Trends
Discussion Leader: Chris DeSantis (Rice University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmPaul Mulvaney (University of Melbourne, Australia)
"Noble Metal Nanoparticles - Which Way Forward?"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiomedicine and Catalysis
Discussion Leaders: Timothy Dreier (Colorado State University, USA) and Tijana Rajh (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmIan Bruzas (University of Cincinnati, USA)
"Towards Biocompatible Single-Molecule SERS Measurements: Liposome-Based Metal Nanoparticles"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmAkash Gupta (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"Engineered Nanoparticles for Synergistic Antimicrobial Therapy"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmKuangcai Chen (Georgia State University, USA)
"Five-Dimensional Single Particle Tracking in Live Cells"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmNatalie Labrador (Columbia University, USA)
"Stabilizing Electrodeposited Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts on Si MIS Photocathodes for Water Splitting"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmYuliya Preger (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Development of Pt-Based Catalysts for the One-Pot Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols to Nitriles"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmXiao Zhang (Duke University, USA)
"Ultraviolet Plasmonics and Hot Carrier Induced Photocatalysis Based on Morphology-Controlled Rhodium Nanostructures"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amSynthesis and Characterization
Discussion Leaders: James Brooks (University of Minnesota, USA) and Katherine Willets (Temple University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amCalum Kinnear (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
"Nanocrystal Arrays Through Directed Chemical Assembly"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amJiangjiexing Wu (Nanjing University, China)
"DNA-Encoded Synthesis of Noble Metal Nanomaterials and Tuning Their Peroxidase-Like Activities"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amMichael Hartmann (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Surface Chemistry Controls Magnetism in Cobalt Nanoclusters"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amScott Crawford (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Ligand-Mediated 'Turn On', High Quantum Yield Near-Infrared Emission in Small Gold Nanoparticles"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amBenjamin Foerster (Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany)
"Plasmon-Induced Charge Transfer Depends on Electrons Reaching the Surface"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amNiket Thakkar (University of Washington, USA)
"Microresonator Enabled Absorption Spectroscopy of Single Nanoparticles and Hybrid Systems"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Our mentorship session will feature a career panel comprised of five highly successful researchers. Each mentor will briefly describe their career path, and then the floor will be open for questions from the audience.
Discussion Leader: Amanda Goodman (Rice University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers in Academia, Industry, and National Labs"
  • George Athens (The Dow Chemical Company, USA)
  • Stephan Link (Rice University, USA)
  • Tijana Rajh (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Katherine Willets (Temple University, USA)
  • Paul Mulvaney (University of Melbourne, Australia)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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