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Accelerating Technology through New Materials

An Overview of the Northwestern University Materials Research and Science and Engineering Center

Recorded Thursday, October 28th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm CDT

Join Northwestern University’s Corporate Engagement team for a webinar on the Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, led by Professor Mark Hersam, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Center at Northwestern University.

 Who Should Participate

Business and academic leaders interested in learning more about the latest materials research, facilities, education, outreach, and commercialization efforts at Northwestern University.

This presentation will discuss how the Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (NU-MRSEC) advances world-class materials research, education, and outreach via active interdisciplinary collaborations within the Center and with external partners in academia, industry, national laboratories, and museums, both domestically and abroad. The research portfolio of the NU-MRSEC resides primarily within its interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs). IRG-1 entitled “Reconfigurable Responses in Mixed-Dimensional Heterojunctions” explores nanoelectronic materials systems that simultaneously process and store information to provide functionality exhibited by more complex biological systems such as neural networks. IRG-2 entitled “Functional Heteroanionic Materials via the Science of Synthesis” brings together experts in bulk crystal and thin-film synthesis, computational design of materials, and advanced characterization to expand a relatively unexplored class of materials with unconventional combinations of properties such as high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity. The NU-MRSEC also cultivates the development of diverse future leaders in materials science and engineering through professional development of graduate students and postdocs, research experiences for undergraduates and teachers, and outreach to K-12 students and the general public. These activities are enhanced by partnerships with Argonne National Laboratory, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum of Chicago, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Public Schools, and Chicago City Colleges. 

Registration is required to attend this free webinar. Upon registration, you will receive a link that is unique to your email address, so please do not share it. The webinar will be recorded and shared with all those who have registered.




Mark C. Hersam is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Center at Northwestern University. He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Applied Physics, Medicine, and Electrical Engineering. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1996, M.Phil. in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 2000. His research interests include nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, nanoelectronics, scanning probe microscopy, renewable energy, and quantum information science. Dr. Hersam has received several honors including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award, AVS Peter Mark Award, MRS Outstanding Young Investigator, U.S. Science Envoy, MacArthur Fellowship, AVS Medard W. Welch Award, and eight Teacher of the Year Awards. An elected member of the National Academy of Inventors, Dr. Hersam has founded two companies, NanoIntegris and Volexion, which are commercial suppliers of nanoelectronic and battery materials, respectively. Dr. Hersam is a Fellow of MRS, ACS, AVS, APS, AAAS, SPIE, and IEEE, and also serves as an Associate Editor of ACS Nano.


This is an informational webinar with an opportunity for Q&A with the speaker at the end. Participation is encouraged.

Northwestern strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email to request a disability accommodation. Live captioning will be available during this event.