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Fall 2014 Seminars




September 1, 2014

Labour Day

September 8, 2014

September 15, 2014

September 22, 2014

September 26, 2014

**Special time 3:00 - 4:00**Ab initio electron dynamics at metal–semiconductor nano-interfaces

Dmitri Kilin

September 29, 2014

October 6, 2014

October 13, 2014


Nathaniel Grosz

October 20, 2014

<Special Location!> Ruga Mechanics of Folding Atomic-Layer Nanostructures

Kyung-Suk Kim

October 27, 2014


Alistair McInerny

November 3, 2014

Warren Christensen

November 7, 2014

<Special Day!!>Encapsulation of solutes in lipid vesicles: Origins of life considerations

Tereza Souza

November 10, 2014

Transdermal Therapeutic Systems: Structure, Function and Exelon(r) as a convincing example.

Alfred Fahr

November 17, 2014


Matt Semmler

November 24, 2014


Alan Denton

December 1, 2014


Thomas Ihle

December 8, 2014


Andrew B. Croll

December 15, 2014

<Exam Week!> Elasticity-based mechanism for collective motion in natural and artificial swarms

Critian Huepe Minoletti



Encapsulation of solutes in lipid vesicles: Origins of life considerations.

Dr. Tereza de Souza

Research Associate, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University


<Special Time!!> Friday, November 7, 2014, 3:00-4:00pm (Refreshments will be served at 2:30).

221 South Engineering

In the past years we have investigated the entrapment of macromolecules inside vesicle by analyses of cryo-transmission electron microscopy of liposome populations created in the presence of ferritin, ribosomes and small macromolecular aggregates. And surprisingly, results reveal that the local (intra-liposomal) macromolecules concentration in these liposomes largely exceeds the bulk concentration. This seminar aims to summarize and discuss these results under the light of the origins of life scenario and synthetic biology, addressing question as: What is the minimal size of a minimal cell? Is the number of entrapped macromolecules inside vesicles homogeneous? Lipid compartments are frequently addressed as agents of confinement and protection, but could these compartments have a more active role in the pre-biotical scenario? In another words, does the formation of lipid compartments play a role in concentrating the "entrapped to be" macromolecules?

Transdermal Therapeutic Systems: Structure, Function and Exelon(r) as a convincing example.

Dr. Alfred Fahr

Department of Pharmaceutics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany.

Monday, November 10, 2014, 3:30-4:30pm (Refreshments will be served at 3:00).

221 South Engineering

Transdermal Therapeutic Systems (TTS) have made their way over the last decades as an alternative to oral formulations not only for circumvention of the first pass effect as for example delivering nitroglycerine, but also for maintaining steady plasma level values and for reducing serious side effects during therapy. A very good example for the latter case is the Exelon TTS(r) with its active ingredient rivastigmine, which is used in therapies against Alzheimer's disease.

Spring 2015 Seminars




January 12, 2015

January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 26, 2015

February 2, 2015

February 9, 2015

February16, 2015

<Presidents' Day> Engineering Persister-Specific Antibiotics with Synergistic Antimicrobial Functions

Gerard Wong

February 23, 2015

March 2, 2015

APS March Meeting


March 9, 2015

March 16, 2015

Spring Break!!

March 23, 2015

March 30, 2015

April 6, 2015

Spring Recess

April 13, 2015

April 20, 2015


Alfredo Alexander-Katz

April 24, 2015

<Special Day!!>TBA

Christos Likos

April 27, 2015

May 4, 2015


Jessica Striker

May 11, 2015

Exam Week!



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