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Breakout symposia will be held on Friday, August 12, in morning and afternoon sessions.

Biological and Soft Material Assemblies

Location: Building 54, Room 130 (Perseverance Hall)
Organizers: Ron Zuckermann, Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Bruce Cohen
Biopolymers and synthetic polymers can assemble into an incredible diversity of hierarchical nano architectures that can perform a host of sophisticated functions. But control over their design, synthesis and characterization still presents a major challenge. Many Foundry users are addressing key aspects of this problem. In this symposium we will discuss strategies to improve soft material computational design tools, synthesis and supramolecular assembly mechanisms, and their characterization by microscopy and scattering techniques.

9:00 am Mark Kline, Berkeley Lab
Discovery of Affinity Reagents from Combinatorial Libraries of Functionalized Peptoid Nanosheets [abstract]
9:30 am Jorge Fallas, University of Washington
Computational Design of Self-Assembling Protein Nanomaterials [abstract]
10:00 am Rebecca Abergel, Berkeley Lab
Biological Recognition of f-element Complexes: From Spectroscopic Probes to Therapeutics [abstract]
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Joseph Mougous, University of Washington
Nanoscale Insights Into Microscale Combat; Mechanisms of Interbacterial Warfare [abstract]
11:30 am Marimikel Charrier, Berkeley Lab
Self-Assembling Protein Nanosheets for Selective Metal Recovery [abstract]
12:00 pm Ryan Spencer, UC Irvine
Accessing New Supramolecular Assemblies Through de Novo Peptide Designs [abstract]

Making, Measuring and Manipulating Two-Dimensional Matter

Location: Building 70a, Room 3377
Organizers: Adam Schwartzberg, Nathan Hohman
Abstracting single monolayers from two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals solids like graphene and the transition metal dichalcogenides has created new classes of metallic and semiconducting materials that have attracted broad interest for new applications enabled by their unique properties. Of note, high carrier mobilities and strong spatial screening dependence between charge carriers in 1D and 2D systems and unusually large optical cross sections have attracted interest for applications ranging from photovoltaics to valleytronics. This multidisciplinary symposium will explore the rapidly evolving science of making new and old 2D materials, measuring their properties, and manipulating them into complex heterostructures in pursuit of new applications for these cutting-edge materials.

9:00 am Zafer Mutlu, UC Riverside
Two-Dimensional Crystal Growth and Polymorphism in Metal Sulfides [abstract]
9:30 am Christoph Kastl, Berkeley Lab
A Novel Approach for Fabricating Nano Devices Based on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides [abstract]
10:00 am Baoxia Mi, UC Berkeley
Molecular Transport in Membranes Made by Stacking 2D Graphene Oxide Nanosheets [abstract]
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Kaustav Banerjee
2D Crystals for Smart Life [abstract]
11:55 am Robert Weatherup, Berkeley Lab
Graphene Membranes for Atmospheric Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy [abstract]

Structural and Functional Diversity in Porous Soft Materials

Location: Building 2, Room 100B
Organizers: Yi Liu, David Prendergast
Recent advances in the field of porous soft materials represent one of the most rapidly growing research areas worldwide, which demonstrate great potential in achieving structural and functional diversity. Great strides have been made in the design, synthesis, simulation and characterization of representative porous soft material classes and their hybrids, such as metal-organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, supramolecular organic frameworks, polymers with intrinsic microporosity, etc. The structural diversity has led to promising energy applications, including gas adsorption and separation, CO2 and water splitting, optoelectronics and photovoltaics, and energy storage, to name a few. This symposium will bring together broad expertise from chemists, material scientists and physicists to foster collaborations and forge new opportunities that will advance the related research fields.

9:00 am Yingbo Zhao, UC Berkeley
Electrochemical CO2 Reduction Over Precisely Fabricated Metal Organic Frameworks and Covalent Organic Frameworks [abstract]
9:30 am Michael Brady, Berkeley Lab
Investigating Nanostructured Organic Frameworks and Porous Polymers with X-ray Scattering [abstract]
10:00 am Keith Lawler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Importance of a Precise Crystal Structure for Simulating Gas Adsorption in Nanoporous Materials [abstract]
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Vincent Tung, UC Merced
Electrohydrodynamic-assisted Assembly of Hierarchically Structured, 3D Graphene Monoliths for Efficient Energy Harvesting and Solar Conversions [abstract]
11:30 am Jeffrey Camp, Georgia Institute of Technology
The Computation-Ready Experimental Metal-Organic Framework Database: Development and Applications [abstract]
12:00 pm David Britt, Matrix Sensors
Metal-Organic Frameworks to Enable Low-Cost Distributed Chemical Sensors [abstract]

Tackling Challenges of Imaging Materials Functionality

Location: Building 50 auditorium
Organizers: Peter Ercius, Francesca Toma, Alex Weber-Bargioni
Morning: symposium on current imaging technology
Co-localization of the morphological, chemical, and functional information through advanced nanoscale characterization represents one of the most significant challenges in materials characterization. The Molecular Foundry includes advanced measurement equipment and in-house expertise taking great strides in this direction. In an effort to pair up problems and solutions, this symposium will present cutting edge research equipment and techniques in imaging techniques available at the Molecular Foundry. Researchers involved in nanoscale synthesis and theory are encouraged to attend in an effort to identify potential underutilized, unidentified or currently unavailable techniques for their specific scientific applications. The afternoon workshop discussion will be geared towards aligning MF efforts to answering these questions.

9:00 am Naomi Ginsberg, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley
Cathodoluminescence at the Movies: Revealing Nanoscale Dynamics in Solid and Liquid Solutions [abstract]
9:30 am Sibel Leblebici, Berkeley Lab
Facet-Dependent Photovoltaic Efficiency Variations in Perovskite Grains [abstract]
10:00 am Linn Leppert, Berkeley Lab
First Principles Modeling of Structural and Electronic Properties of Hybrid Halide Perovskites [abstract]
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Eli Rotenberg, Berkeley Lab
Spatial Mapping of 2D Valence Bands at the MAESTRO Beamline at ALS [abstract]
11:30 am Roberto dos Reis, Berkeley Lab
Probing Properties of Matter at the Nanoscale by Scanning Electron Nanodiffraction [abstract]
12:00 pm Paul Ashby, Berkeley Lab
Imaging of Biomolecules and Bioinspired Materials at the Molecular Foundry [abstract]

Afternoon workshop: future and current needs at the MF
Discussion will focus on current and future needs including in situ and in operando techniques to image functionality with active participation of all attendees to identify scientific questions that the MF could potentially tackle. What are properties or functionalities scientists would like to probe or map but are not available today? What are approaches that are currently feasible or could be feasible with collaborative projects combining collective efforts that the MF excels in.

1:30 pm Andy Minor, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley
The Future of TEM is Faster, with Clearly More Data to Analyze [abstract]
2:00 pm Andreas Schmid, Berkeley Lab
Advanced Low Energy Electron Microscopy to Image Functional Materials [abstract]
2:30 pm Manuel Soriaga, California Institute of Technology
Quasi-Operando Imaging of the Surface Structure-Product Selectivity Functionality of Electrocatalysts by Seriatim ECSTM-DEMS [abstract]
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm David Shapiro, Berkeley Lab
Three Dimensional Localization of Nanoscale Battery Reactions Using Soft X-ray Tomography [abstract]
4:00 pm David Prendergast, Berkeley Lab
Development of Theoretical Models to Correlate Theory and Observables [abstract]
4:30 pm Jeff Urban, Berkeley Lab
Through a Flask, Darkly: Imaging Needs From a Chemical Perspective [abstract]

Energy Storage Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Modeling

Location: Building 70a, Room 3377
Organizer: Alpesh Shukla
Advances in electrification of vehicles and successful implementation of an electricity grid that efficiently utilizes renewable energy sources is largely dependent on the development of materials that would result in energy storage systems with substantially superior energy density, cycle life and safety compared to those provided by the state-of-the-art batteries. This symposium will focus on the materials aspects of the components of batteries such as cathode, electrode and electrolyte and interactions between them. This symposium will include topics related to the energy storage materials that include, but are not limited to synthesis of novel materials, phase transformations in electrode materials, study of interfaces and materials discovery. These studies would showcase several capabilities of Molecular Foundry such as synthesis of nanomaterials, multi-scale microscopy and spectroscopy techniques and materials modeling.

1:30 pm Michael Naguib, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Composite of Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbonitride “MXene” and Nano-Sulfur as Cathode for Li-S Batteries [abstract]
2:00 pm Guoying Chen, Berkeley Lab
Crystal-based Microscopy and Spectroscopy Diagnostics for Lithium-ion Battery Cathode Development [abstract]
2:30 pm Tod Pascal, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Electronic Structure, Entropic and Quantum Effects in Nanoscale Aqueous Systems [abstract]
2:45 pm Sun Ung Kim, Robert Bosch Research and Technology Center
Effect of non-uniform porosity on lithium plating [abstract]
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Marca Doeff, Berkeley Lab
NMC Cathode and LLZO Electrolyte Studies [abstract]
4:00 pm Xining Zang, UC Berkeley
TiS2/CNT Hybrid Supercapacitors-battery Breaks the Limit of Supercapacitors Based on Aqueous Electrolyte [abstract]
4:15 pm Discussion: Future of energy storage research

Playing with Photons at the Nanoscale

Location: Building 54, Room 130 (Perseverance Hall)
Organizers: Stefano Cabrini, Jim Schuck
The field of nanophotonics uses the plasmonic response of metals, as well as the precise organization of high refractive index structures, to shape and focus light far below the diffraction limit. The ability to fabricate, test, simulate, and understand nanophotonic devices and structures has attracted a broad user community asking fundamental questions about plasmonic antenna shape, new materials and their influence on photonic responses and new geometries. New applications are now possible and many more are very close to be achievable.

1:30 pm Jeong Y. Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Hot Electron and Surface Plasmon Drive Chemical Reactions [abstract]
2:00 pm Boxiang Song, University of Southern California
Probing Sub-5 nm Gap Plasmon Using Collapsible Nano-fingers [abstract]
2:25 pm Alexander Koshelev, aBeam Technologies
Campanile-inspired 3d Near Field Optical Probes [abstract]
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm J. Nathan Hohman, Berkeley Lab
Systematic Design in Hybrid Chalcogenides [abstract]
4:00 pm Roman Krahne, Italian Institute of Technology
Shape Approaches for Enhancing Plasmon Propagation in Grapheme [abstract]
4:20 pm Emory Chan, Berkeley Lab
Energy-looping Nanoparticles: Harnessing Excited State Absorption for Deep-tissue Imaging [abstract]
4:40 pm Lauren Otto, University of Minnesota
TiN for Improved Plasmonics with Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition [abstract]

Product-Driven Research at the Molecular Foundry

Location: Building 2, Room 100B
Organizers: Kristen Aramthanapon, Brett A. Helms
The Molecular Foundry supports a broad user base with industry ties. Our early stage start-up users have made strategic use of Foundry resources to accelerate their discovery efforts and to advance those discoveries into products that further seed their business’ growth. Larger businesses likewise see value in engaging the Foundry, where locally grown expertise and world-leading instrumentation can bring new insight into the fundamental scientific aspects of complex materials and industrial processes. This symposium seeks to highlight first-hand how our users from industry are gaining the perspective they need to be successful while at the Foundry. This might include a discussion of how to balance needs to both do leading-edge science while also meeting the business’ milestones on schedule and how industry and its objectives help to advance new areas of science not typically considered in an academic setting.

1:30 pm Raymond Weitekamp, PolySpectra
High-Throughput Materials Discovery for Advanced Additive Manufacturing [abstract]
1:50 pm David Britt, Matrix Sensors
Incorporating Metal-Organic Frameworks into Electromechanical Devices for Consumer Products [abstract]
2:10 pm Jared Schwede, Spark Thermionics
Towards Efficient, Scalable Electricity Generation Using Thermionic Energy Conversion [abstract]
2:30 pm Sebnem Inceoglu Yilmaz, Nano Hydrophobics
Anti-fouling, Self-cleaning Coatings for Heat Exchangers [abstract]
2:50 pm Thomas McDonald, Mosaic Materials
Development of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Applications in Industrial Gas Separations [abstract]
3:10 pm Break
3:30 pm Deepak Dugar, Visolis
Bio-Based Monomers for Bulk Polymer Applications [abstract]
3:50 pm Greg Maguire, BioRegenerative Sciences
Exosome-Tunneling Nanotube Constructs for Cellular Rescue in Neurodegenerative Diseases [abstract]
4:10 pm Joyce Wahba, Bikanta
Functionalizable Fluorescent Nanodiamonds for Bioimaging [abstract]
4:30 pm Xiaoxi Wei, X-Therma
"From the Arctic Ocean to Industry: X-Therma’s Biomimetic Anti-Ice Nanomaterial [abstract]