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Breakout symposia will be held on Thursday, August 16, in morning and afternoon sessions. Submit a symposium abstract here for both contributed and invited talks. The abstract submission deadline to be considered for a contributed symposium talk is May 30, 2018.

Quantum Information Science at the Nanoscale

Organizers: Stefano Cabrini*, Erika Penzo, Colin Ophus

From many parts of society there is growing demand for fully functioning quantum information systems, but many fundamental and practical discoveries are still needed before these systems can be realized. In particular, nanoscale investigation techniques and qubit fabrication must be developed, along with new material discoveries, in support of quantum computing. Quantum sensors and actuators will open new paradigms to navigate the nano-scale world with remarkable precision and sensitivity. Such tools will be invaluable to the development of true quantum information processors. We are entering the quantum era and we start to see that the possibilities ahead look like limitless.

9:00 AM

Russell Lake, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Superconducting quantum technology for sensing and computing [abstract]
9:30 AM

Mark Kasevich, Stanford University

Multi-pass Electron Microscopy [abstract]
10:00 AM

Alessandra Lanzara, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / UC Berkeley

Switchable spin states in topological insulators and Non-Equilibrium momentum and spin dependent carrier dynamics [abstract]
10:30 AM


11:00 AM

Frank Ogletree, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Correlating morphology and electronic structure at the atomic scale – key to advance materials for Quantum Information Science [abstract]
11:30 AM

Keith Ray, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Theoretical Studies on the Materials Origins of Decoherence in Quantum Information Systems [abstract]
12:00 AM

Sinead Griffin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / UC Berkeley

Designing dark matter detection materials [abstract]
12:15 PM

Christoph Kastl, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Switchable quantized conductance in topological insulators revealed by the Shockley Ramo theorem [abstract]
12:30 PM


Rational Design of Photo-Electrochemical Energy Materials

Organizers: Xueli (Sherry) Zheng*, David Prendergast, and Francesca Toma

The efficiency with which renewable fuels and feedstocks are synthesized from solar and electrical sources is limited at present by the sluggish theory to guide rational design of novel materials. The goal of this workshop is to bring together a group of scientists to exchange ideas and discuss the rational design rules in photo-electrochemical systems.

9:00 AM

Suljo Linic, University of Michigan

Controlling energy flow in plasmonic photocatalysis through the design of hybrid plasmonic nanostructures [abstract]
9:30 AM

Manashi Nath, Missouri University of Science & Technology

Designing Smart Materials for Efficient Energy Conversion: The Story of Transition Metal Chalcogenide Nanostructures [abstract]
9:45 AM

Yuan Ping, UC Santa Cruz

Boost small polaron conduction in transition metal oxides by atomic doping [abstract]
10:15 AM

Mauro Pasta, University of Oxford

High-throughput Synthesis and Characterization of Prussian Blue Analogs Battery Materials [abstract]
10:30 AM


11:00 AM

Maria Chan, Argonne National Laboratory

Combining computational and experimental information for nanocatalyst characterization and design [abstract]
11:30 AM

Jing Tang, Stanford University

Nanowire arrays restore vision in blind mice [abstract]
11:45 AM

Feng Lin, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

An Unconventional Path Towards High Energy Battery Materials: Three-Dimensional Heterogeneities? [abstract]
12:15 PM

Florian Brown-Altvater, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / UC Berkeley

The role of electron-phonon coupling on optoelectronic properties of crystalline naphthalene from first principles [abstract]
12:30 PM


Multimodal In Situ Characterization of Hard/Soft Materials Across Interfaces and Multiple Scales, Parts I & II

Organizers:Jong Seto*, Paul Ashby, Gregory Su, Behzad Rad, Thomas Pekin

Recent advances in characterization techniques have enabled detailed in situ investigations that can probe dynamic processes. Methods including scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy and synchrotron X-ray techniques can capture processes in real time and under relevant conditions, such as at elevated temperature and in liquid environments. In situ characterization tools will play an increasingly important role in gaining fundamental understanding of important phenomena, and multiple complementary techniques will be required. This symposium will bring together researchers involved in cross-disciplinary work taking place at the Molecular Foundry and beyond to showcase cutting edge multimodal in situ capabilities and foster collaboration and new directions.

9:00 AM

Richard Saykally, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / UC Berkeley

Interfacial fractionation of aqueous carbonate and bicarbonate: XPS vs theory [abstract]
9:30 AM

William Chueh, Stanford University

Understanding the Many Length Scales of Ion Insertion Solids [abstract]
10:00 AM

Artur Braun, EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Some studies on electrochemical interfaces with x-ray scattering and spectroscopy at the synchrotron [abstract]
10:30 AM


11:00 AM

Mitra Taheri, Drexel University

Direct Detection Electron Energy-loss Spectroscopy (DD-EELS): Challenges and Opportunities at Varied Time and Length Scales [abstract]
11:30 AM

Daniel Gianola, UC Santa Barbara

Defect Characterization using Transmission Scanning Electron Microscopy [abstract]
12:00 PM

Eric Meshot, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Quantifying order of self-aligned carbon nanotubes across multiple time and length scales [abstract]
12:10 PM

Sung Park, Molecular Vista, Inc.

AFM + Nanoscale Vis-IR Spectroscopy via Photo-induced Force Microscopy [abstract]
12:20 PM

Yi-Hsien Lu, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ion adsorption at graphene-aqueous electrolyte interfaces studied by Contact Potential and Near-field Infrared Spectroscopy [abstract]
12:30 PM


2:00 PM

Robert Streubel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Probing Chiral Ferrimagnetism in Amorphous GdCo Films [abstract]
2:10 PM

Henry Nguyen, UCSF

The Structural Basis of an ESCRT-III Membrane Assembly [abstract]
2:20 PM

Jeremy Horst, UCSF

Silver Microwires from Treating Tooth Decay with Silver Diamine Fluoride [abstract]
2:30 PM

Jinhui Tao, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Exploiting the key factors controlling the protein assembly and inorganic crystallization on 2D substrate [abstract]
3:00 PM

Takeshi Fukuma, Kanazawa University

Visualizing Subnanometer-Scale Structures and Dynamics at Solid-Liquid Interfaces by Frequency modulation atomic force microscopy [abstract]
3:30 PM


4:00 PM

Na Ji, UC Berkeley

High-resolution and high-speed in vivo imaging of the brain [abstract]
4:30 PM

William Landis, UCSF

Silica/polycaprolactone Nanofiber Scaffold Variants for Human Periosteal Cell Growth [abstract]
5:00 PM

Shalin Mehta, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Computational imaging of architectural order in cells and tissues without label [abstract]

Semisoft Matter: Preparations and Possibilities in Hybrid Nanomaterials

Organizers: Nate Hohman*, Stephen Whitelam

The interfaces between hard and soft materials has become ever more relevant as the chemical and structural diversity of both classes has expanded. Hard materials include inorganic metals and semiconductors, while soft includes polymers and supramolecular assemblies. Recently, hybrid materials containing structures and functionality of both combined in single materials to merge the advantages of hard materials with the organization and self-assembly of soft materials. This symposium relates to the unique challenges posed by synthesizing, analyzing, and exploiting such ""semisoft"" matter, with a particular emphasis on hybrid crystals, including hybrid perovskites, chalcogenolates, and functionalized low-dimensional nanostructures.

8:50 AM

J. Nathan Hohman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Opening Remarks [abstract]
9:00 AM

Zdenek Preisler, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Simulating synthesis on the computer: novel 'htb' crystal structures stabilized by interaction "specificity gapî [abstract]
9:20 AM

Younghun Sung, UC Berkeley

Direct Immobilization of Redox Enzymes onto NIR-II Fluorescent Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for In Vivo Bioimaging [abstract]
9:40 AM

Linda Chio, UC Berkeley

Optimizing Peptoid-Carbon Nanotube Coatings for Biological Sensing [abstract]
10:00 AM

Judy Cha, Yale University

2D materials as model systems to study electrochemical catalytic reactions [abstract]
10:30 AM


10:50 AM

Elyse Schriber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Controlling Crystal Morphology in the Robustly Blue-Luminescent Silver-Benzeneselenolate [AgSePh]8 [abstract]
11:10 AM

Kristie Koski, UC Davis

Chemically Tunable 2D Layered Materials [abstract]
11:40 AM

Vincent Tung, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Saudi Arabia)

Dewetting Regulated Organization of Porous Structures of MoS2 for Hydrogen Evolution Reactions [abstract]
12:10 PM

Xiaohui Song, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Hybrid core-shell twisted Nanowire synthesis and 3D characterization using electron tomography [abstract]
12:30 PM


Ultrafast and Ultrasmall: From Spatio-Temporal Dynamics to Emergent Phenomena

Organizers: Robert Kaindl*, Stefano Cabrini, Adam Schwartzberg

The close link between nanoscale and ultrafast phenomena motivates the study of fundamental physics with high spatial and temporal resolution, and the design of novel materials for tailored light-matter interactions. This symposium will explore recent materials research in this area along with novel instrumentation approaches to access spatio-temporal dynamics. Phenomena of interest include e.g. dynamics and control of quasiparticles and collective excitations, interfacial charge transfer, nano-plasmonics and strong-field coupling, or magnetization dynamics in layered, nanostructured, or inhomogeneous materials. Moreover, we aim to discuss new opportunities that arise from resolving dynamics across different length scales to clarify fluctuations, inhomogeneous states, and light-driven phase transitions in quantum materials.

2:00 PM

Markus Raschke, University of Colorado Boulder

Ultrafast and Nonlinear Nanoscopy [abstract]
2:30 PM

Daniele Filippetto, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ultrafast (and Ultrasmall) Structural Dynamics with Relativistic Electron probes: challenges and opportunities [abstract]
3:00 PM

Daniel Durham, UC Berkeley

A plasmonic source of ultrashort, low-emittance electron bunches [abstract]
3:15 PM

Hanyu Zhu, Rice University

Ultrafast Detection of Chiral Phonons [abstract]
3:30 PM


4:00 PM

Xiaoqin Elaine Li, University of Texas at Austin

Interlayer exciton localized in a quantum dot artificial lattice of a van der Waals heterostructure [abstract]
4:30 PM

Holger Schmidt, UC Santa Cruz

Ultrafast magnetoelastic dynamics of single nanomagnets [abstract]
5:00 PM

Sujoy Roy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nanosecond correlation spectroscopy in quantum materials [abstract]

Perovskite-Based Optoelectronic Materials

Organizer: Yi Liu*

Recent advances in the field of Perovskite optoelectronic materials represent one of the most rapidly growing research areas worldwide. Perovskites in the form of nanocrystal, single crystal, thin film or composites have drawn great attention for their potential applications in solar cells, light emitting devices, lasers, and photodetectors. The ionic nature of ABX3 type Perovskite gives rise to unusual and exceptional optoelectronic characteristics, crystallographic properties and photovoltaic performance. Research efforts in the fundamental understanding of the photophysics, together with the synthetic advances in fine-tuning synthetic and self-assembly protocols offer unparalleled opportunity to the discovery of novel high-performance materials. This symposium aims to bring together broad expertise from the chemists, materials scientists and physicists to discuss the forefront of the research in perovskite single crystals, nanocrystals and solar cells. It will also serve as the forum for discussing fundamental challenges and emerging properties of this unique class of materials.

2:00 PM

Yang Yang, UCLA

Grain Boundary Engineering for Efficient and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells [abstract]
2:35 PM

Carolin Sutter-Fella, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Optoelectronic Properties and Halide Demixing in Br-Containing Metal Halide Perovskites [abstract]
3:10 PM

Guilherme Almeida, Italian Institute of Technology

Towards brigther lead halide perovskite nanocrystals [abstract]
3:35 PM


4:00 PM

Jinsong Huang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Halide perovskites: what do we know and where they will go? [abstract]
4:35 PM

Fan Zheng, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Large Polaron Formation and its effects on electron Transport in Organometal Halide Perovskite [abstract]
5:00 PM

Erika Penzo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Long-range exciton diffusion in ordered assemblies of CsPbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals [abstract]
5:25 PM

Wei Bao, UC Berkeley

Observation of solid state Rydberg exciton polariton and its condensate in a perovskite cavity [abstract]

Industry Research at the Foundry

Organizer: Aditya Balasubramanian*

Early-stage product research and development is challenging, requiring technical expertise, expensive instrumentation, and a collaborative environment. The Molecular Foundry successfully supports a gamut of users and projects with industrial connections focused on product research, development, and technical de-risking. Collaborating industries range from pre-incorporated research teams trying to build an idea into a company to industry giants investigating fundamental problems and processes. This symposium session focusses on the industrial research and product development activities at the Molecular Foundry. The session features Foundry users from start-ups and established industries presenting talks on fundamental science, product development, commercialization, and business growth.

2:00 PM

David Kuo, Seagate

Fabrication of Heated Dot Magnetic Recording Media [abstract]
2:30 PM

Steven Rozeveld, Dow Chemical Co.

Structural Changes and Low Dose Electron Microscopy of Magnesium Chloride Ziegler-Natta Catalyst Supports [abstract]
3:00 PM

Zoey Herm, Mosaic Materials

Industrial Gas Separations at Mosaic Materials [abstract]
3:15 PM

Mark Kline, X-Therma

Bioinspired Peptoids to Improve Regenerative Medicine Storage [abstract]
3:30 PM


4:00 PM

Beth Zotter, Cyclotron Road

Assessing the economic potential of early stage technologies [abstract]
4:30 PM

Aeron Hammack, Locus Biosciences

Industrial research at the Molecular Foundry, from plasmonic antennas in hard drive write heads to digital microfluidic phage discovery developmen [abstract]
5:00 PM

Andrew Guenthner, Nano Hydrophobics

The effect of fugacity differences on the stability of fluorosilicate molecular nanostructures at polymer surfaces [abstract]
5:15 PM

Allen Sweet, VIDA Products

A partnership between Vida Products and the Molecular Foundry developing magnetic integrated circuits, based on a process of depostion and patterning YIG nano films [abstract]