Upcoming UC San Diego MRSEC Events & Seminars:

July 29 - August 2, 2024
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

Blurring Boundaries Between Fields
Connecting to reshape the future of soft matter

The 8th International Soft matter Conference (ISMC2024 is part of the ISMC series held around the world and the first such event organized in the Americas. ISMC conference aims to bring together scientists across subfields of soft matter with diverse expertise with a goal to exchange ideas and techniques to accelerate progress.

Past UC San Diego MRSEC Events & Seminars:

2024 Future of Workshop Conference: Career and Networking Fair

The first annual Future of Work (FOW) Conference is Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5, 2024

This conference will explore the dynamic landscape of the future workforce. Learn how to adapt and thrive in uncertainty, where skills, agility, and collaboration are the keys to success. From embracing constant evolution to fostering innovation, this event provides a platform to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead — an intersection of foresight, perspective, and radical collaboration.

For more information, schedule of events, and registration please visit the website here: https://career.ucsd.edu/events/future-of-work-conference/index.html

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) of San Diego is an organization dedicated to increasing participation, retention, and advancement of girls and women in STEM fields. EYH is looking for female mentors for girls in grades 6-10 for their conference at University of San Diego, CA on Saturday March 9th, 2024.  The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2024.

EYH has a new website and location for registering for the conference as a mentor.  First go to www.eyhsandiego.org.  Go on the "EYH Conference," page and click on the “REGISTER AS A UNDERGRAD OR GRADUATE COLLEGE MENTOR" (College STEM Females)” and you will be directed to the registration form: https://eyhsandiego.wufoo.com/forms/eyh-2024-mentor-application-z1czc0jw05zyel3/

If you are interested in coming back as a mentor, are new to EYH or you would like to recommend others, please fill out the registration form! Registration is on a first come, first serve basis so sign up today!

For additional information and questions, please reach out to mentors@eyhsandiego.org

January 18, 2024

January 17, 2024


Theme: “K-12, Community Colleges, and Universities: Building the Next Generation of US Nanotechnology Workforce”

Saturday, November 11th, 8:45am-1pm PST

This virtual event is free of charge to participate, but requires registration.

For presentation schedule and registration, please visit the EVENTBRITE PAGE.





UC San Diego MRSEC 2023 Annual Review: Thursday-Friday, September 28-29, 2023

Day 1 (Thu 9/28) Open to All Center participants: faculty, trainees, affiliates, advisory committees, collaborators
Day 2 (Fri 9/29) Closed Session: Only MRSEC Leadership and members of the Education, Scientific, and Technology Advisory Committees

This will be an in-person meeting between the UC San Diego MRSEC Leadership and the Advisory Committees. The goal of the meeting will be to brief all MRSEC participants, affiliates, and advisory committee members on the Center's accomplishments in the last year and our plans for the coming year, and to solicit feedback from the Advisory Committees on the Center's plans and suggestions for improvements.

Day 1 Agenda: Thursday 9/28

Location: SME 248
Zoom Link: 92060917871

8:00 – 9:00 AM       Check-In, Breakfast Bar
9:00 – 9:30 AM       Introduction, Center Overview, Activities and Updates from the past year
                                           Michael Sailor, Director
9:30 – 10:30 AM      IRG1 - Predictive Assembly
                                           Andrea Tao and Tod Pascal, IRG1 Co-Leads (45min + Q&A)
10:30 – 10:45 AM     Short Break
10:45 -11:45 AM       IRG2 - Engineered Living Materials
                                           Jon Pokorski and Nicole Steinmetz, IRG2 Co-Leads (45min + Q&A)
11:45 – 12:30 PM     Education and Outreach
                                           Stacey Brydges, Education and Outreach Lead (30min + Q&A)
12:30 – 1:30 PM       Lunch Break
1:30 - 1:45 PM          Trainee Leadership Advisory Council (TLAC)
                                           Debika Datta, Alexandria Do and Aaron Bruckbauer, TLAC Team Leads
1:45 - 2:00 PM         Inclusive Excellence Awards Announcement + Group Photo
2:00 - 2:20 PM       SEED – Hierarchical Assembly of Structurally Oriented MOFs as Novel Ionic Conductors
                                           Zheng Chen, SEED Faculty (15min + Q&A)
2:20 – 2:40 PM       SEED - Dynamic Microenvironments at Electrocatalytic interfaces using Acoustoelectronics
                                           David Fenning, SEED Faculty (15min + Q&A)
2:40 - 2:50 PM       Short Break
2:50 - 3:30 PM        SEED – New SuperSeed on Quantum Materials
                                           Richard Averitt, M. Brian Maple and Zhaowei Liu, SEED Faculty (25min + Q&A)
3:30 – 4:00 PM       MRSEC Materials Characterization Facility
                                           Jesse Jokerst and Shirley Meng, Shared Facilities Co-Leads (15 min + Q&A)
4:00 – 6:00 PM       Trainee Poster Session (Hoer d’oeuvres and drinks)

Presenter & Title list
*Top 3 posters will be announced at 5:00 PM*



Day 2 Agenda: Friday 9/29

Location: SME 348

8:30-9:00 AM       Breakfast available

9:00 – 11:00 AM   Education Advisory Committee
Closed Session

11:00 – 1:00 PM   Technology Advisory Committee
Closed Session

1:00 – 3:00 PM   Scientific Advisory Committee
Closed Session


"Nanotechnology Education: A Driver for Academic and Career Development"

Saturday, November 5th, 8:45am-12pm PDT  & Sunday, November 6th, 9am-12pm PDT. 

Click Here to register via Eventbrite







UC San Diego MRSEC in collaboration with UC San Diego Center Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE), UC San Diego Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, will be hosting the following activities as a part of 2022 National Transfer Student Week:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022: Lab Tours (10am-12pm, 1-3pm PDT) REGISTER TO ATTEND
Lab tours of major research center associated Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - MRSEC & CAICE

Wednesday, October 19, 2022: Transfer Student Social (3-4:30 pm, Mayer Hall Green Space) REGISTER TO ATTEND
Ice cream social to meet other students, faculty and staff

Thursday, October 20, 2022: Transfer Student Panel (3:30-5pm PDT, Tata Hall 3301) REGISTER TO ATTEND
Hear from other transfer students about their experiences as you navigate your own path


Visit the National Transfer Student Week at UC San Diego website for more activities and information!


Tenth Annual Winter School on Emerging Technologies: Accelerating Impactful Scholarship supported by The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure


The Winter School (January 3-10, 2023) will give junior scholars and scientists an introduction to and practical experience with methods and theory for better understanding the social dimensions of emerging technologies. The 2023 Winter School will be focused on the broad notion of impact with an aim to explore ways for participants to increase and diversify the impact of their work. The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Coordinating Office is now supporting the winter school, run by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.

What to expect:
This year’s program will include a series of interactive sessions with academic scholars to explore a variety of ways in which research can have a positive impact beyond the specific studies involved. During the Winter School you will be able to exchange and engage with an interdisciplinary community of young scholars from around the World, discussing ways in which your academic work connects to pressing issues about and around emerging technologies. Ample work time and breaks are built into the Winter School schedule to encourage participants to guide their own learning experience throughout the week. Mentorship sessions with attending faculty will also be offered.

Why apply?
The Winter School is an immersive experience for scholars to share their own unique research and learn from peers and experts. The faculty at the Winter School will offer theoretical framings, analytical tools and hands-on lessons in how social science, natural science, and engineering research on emerging technologies can have a greater impact on the world. Participating in the Winter School will enrich your networks and provide ample opportunities to share ideas, collaborate with peers, and develop proposals to enhance the impact of your work.

Who should apply?
Applicants should be advanced graduate students or recent PhDs (post-doc or untenured faculty within three years of completing a PhD at time of application) with an expressed interest in studying emerging technologies such a nanotechnology, robotics, synthetic biology, geoengineering, artificial intelligence, etc. Applicants may come from any discipline and must be demonstrably proficient in English.

The program will spend its tenth consecutive year at Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, AZ with access to Sonoran Desert hiking, kayaking on Saguaro Lake, horseback riding and relaxing by the Salt River. Check out their website at http://www.saguarolakeranch.com/

Program Cost:
The program fees for accepted students will be covered by the NNCI including seven nights at Saguaro Lake Ranch, meals and local transportation from Tempe, Arizona. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to Phoenix, Arizona and should arrive before 1pm on January 3rd.

To Apply:
Visit https://sfis.asu.edu/events/winter-school/ to access an application and learn more about the 2023 Winter School program. Participants are requested to be fully vaccinated before they arrive at the ranch


Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceutical company is recruiting PhD, MS, and research active BS students with experience in process engineering and medicinal chemistry; therefore, students working on nanobio chemistry, self assembly chemistry, or any medicinal chemistry would be especially welcome to apply. Interested UCSD students and postdocs must submit their CV by 12:00 PM on October 7th in order to be considered for an interview. To register and submit your CV, click here.

When: Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Where: Dolores Huerta - Philip Vera Cruz Room
Located in the Old Student Center (in front of Art of Espresso and below the LGBTQ Center)

BMS Presentation: 1:00-1:30pm / Interviews: 1:30-3:00pm Open / Office Hours w/ Refreshments: 3:00-4:00pm
(Check-in begins at 12:30pm. View info flier here)

October 2022: Science Communication Training (SciCom Workshop)

The Fleet Science Center & UC San Diego MRSEC are pleased to announce the next Science Communication Workshop for UC San Diego MRSEC-Affiliated Trainees & Faculty in Fall 2022.

This in-person, interactive training is designed to enable scientists to effectively communicate their science to a wide variety of audiences. You will gain knowledge and tools needed to gauge your audience and tailor your communication to them accordingly, whether it is to peers, to scientists in a different discipline, to funders or to the general public. There is no cost to UC San Diego MRSEC-Affiliated participants. The training consists of two 4-hour sessions over two days at the  Fleet Science Center. See attached flier for more details.

For more information or to inquire about signing-up, please contact Janka Bond.

The University of Chicago and University of California San Diego MRSECs are co-sponsoring a virtual Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Matter Symposium on Thu 10/6 and Fri 10/7.  This provides a platform for exceptional early-career scientists in the broad field of soft and biological matter to present their work.  The speakers are chosen for their track record of research accomplishments and demonstrated contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.

Please register for this Virtual Symposium by filling out this short form to receive an email with a Zoom link closer to the date.

For schedule and additional info, visit: https://mrsec.uchicago.edu/rising-stars-symposium/

Title: How Batteries Are Changing the World!
Speaker: Professor Zheng Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Heikoff Giant Dome Theatre at the Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

The first true battery, made about 220 years ago, could not produce a voltage strong enough to produce sparks. Today, from cell phones to electric vehicles and renewable grids, advanced batteries are changing the way we are living. How are today's batteries different from the old generations? How can our new batteries store so much energy, allowing us to drive 300 miles on one single charge? Do these batteries hold the key to transitioning to a renewables-powered world? This lecture will talk about some of the basic principles of batteries as well as how to design and apply emerging battery technology to possibly enable a sustainable future world.

Dr. Zheng Chen is an Associate Professor in Department of NanoEngineering and Program of Chemical Engineering at UC San Diego. His research group has been focusing on energy storage and conversion materials as well as green processes He has published over 100 journal papers and holds 10 patents, with a total citation of 10000 times. Dr. Chen has received numerous awards by organizations such as NASA and has been named Emerging Investigator in Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Nanoscale Engineering by peer-reviewed journals

Title: Diagnosing Disease with Light using Nanomaterials
Speaker: Professor Lisa Poulikakos, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego

Date/Time: Monday, June 6, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Heikoff Giant Dome Theatre at the Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Today, tests for serious disease can be slow, expensive or imprecise. In many ways, current medical diagnostic technologies lag behind what engineering can provide. Too often, imprecise or slow diagnostic tools mean that patients don’t always get the most targeted treatments. In this talk, Dr. Poulikakos shares her effort to develop new diagnostic tools that use nanostructured surfaces, allowing them produce results more quickly, more accurately and at lower cost.

Lisa Poulikakos is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego. She is affiliated with the UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Seed grant program. Prof. Poulikakos' research studies how nanomaterials can interact with light to address societal challenges, including those in global health. She earned her PhD at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, before joining the UC San Diego faculty in 2020.

Please see flyer here.

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Title: Can we Give a Prosthetic Hand the Gift of Feeling?
Speaker: Professor Darren Lipomi, Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Heikoff Giant Dome Theatre at the Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Life is full of materials that trigger thoughts and emotions; think of the bubbles of champagne on your tongue, the sound of a violin in your ears, the soft feeling of your favorite blanket. We can feel, hear and see these materials because of dynamic processes happening on the nano scale and how our brain processes the sensations. In this talk Dr. Darren Lipomi will share his team’s work on the intersection between the science of soft materials and the science of touch. Through this work, scientists are beginning to understand how the sensations of touching a material manifests in our consciousness and how this could help develop realistic sensations in prostheses and virtual reality.

Darren Lipomi earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Boston University in 2005 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University in June, 2010. At Harvard, he worked materials chemistry and nanofabrication, From 2010 to 2012, he was at Stanford University where his work focused on organic materials for mechanically compliant photovoltaic cells and electronic skin. He was appointed in 2012 as member of the faculty in the Department of NanoEngineering, at the University of California, San Diego, where he also serves as the departmental Diversity Officer. He is an author of over 100 publications and four licensed patents. His research has been covered by around one hundred news organizations and sci-tech websites, including CNN, Nature, Popular Science, Wired, Physics World, CNET, PCWorld, and Gizmodo.

Please see flyer here.

The UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD Materials Science and Engineering Program, Nano3/SDNI, and Division of Physical Sciences Center for Student Success are sponsoring an industry interaction day, with support of UC San Diego MRSEC. The goal is to foster interactions between MS students, PhD students, postdoctoral associates, and research active BS students with representatives from industry seeking to recruit students to positions in their companies. The event will feature talks about careers in industry, speed interviews, and panel discussions on how to get and succeed in a job interview.

Date: April 8, 2022
Time: 12pm - 5:30pm
Location: The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club

For more information, please see the flyer.

nanoComposix Internship & Career Info Session

Internship/Career INFO SESSION - nanoComposix
Monday, April 4, 2 PM - 3 PM PST

nanoComposix is a world leading manufacturer of precisely engineered and highly characterized nanoparticles. The company's mission is to help customers bring nanotechnology-enabled products to market

  • Dr. Jian Yang, Senior Scientist/UC San Diego MRSEC Industrial Affiliate
  • Marissa Puppo, Scientific Recruiter

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


Title: How Nano Solar Cells Could Change our Global Energy Future

Speaker: Professor David Fenning, Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Date/Time: Monday, April 4, 10:30am - 11:30am

Location: Heikoff Giant Dome Theatre at the Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

The advancement of solar power to replace fossil fuel power has been slower than some have hoped. The main reasons for that are the development and installation costs for solar cells, as well as their dependance on silicon technology. But all that might change in the near future, thanks to a new nano-engineered material called perovskite. With this material, solar cells are easier and less cost-intensive to produce, while being nearly as efficient as commercial solar cells. In this talk Dr. David Fenning will share how solar cell technology has evolved and how nanoscale solar cells may enable solar to dominate our global energy future.

Dr. David P. Fenning is an Associate Professor of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego, where he directs the Solar Energy Innovation Laboratory. His research focuses on improving the performance and reliability of commercial silicon and pre-commercial perovskite solar cells and on CO2 recycling. He has authored over 70 publications in these areas. He completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford in 2008 and earned his Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering in 2013.

Since 1967, the North American Silicon Symposium (originally the Organosilicon Symposium) has brought together individuals in from industry and academia to celebrate innovation in silicon chemistry and the recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping award. The 2020 awardee is Dr. Barry Arkles, founder, president, and chief technology officer of Gelest Corp. The 2022 awardee is Dr. Kim Baines, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario. The Institute for Materials Discovery & Design at the University of California, San Diego is pleased to host the 51st Annual Silicon Symposium at the new venue, Park & Market in Downtown San Diego.

The registration deadline is Friday, February 18, 2022. Register by the end of Tuesday, January 18, 2022 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing! Register at https://sisymposium.com/registration.html

Spring Break RIMSE 2022

Chemistry & Biochemistry: Introduction to Research Immersion in Materials Science & Engineering (RIMSE)

Dates: Monday through Thursday, March 21-24, 2022 from 9 a.m. - noon and 1 -4 p.m. PST
Location: Silicon Nanomaterials Research Laboratory - Pacific Hall; also remote via Zoom
Contact: PI - Michael Sailor, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, msailor@ucsd.edu

Program: Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology 

The four-day program will consist of:

  1. Safety training/lab tours, including the general safety training required by the university (chemical hazards, etc.) as well as laboratory-specific safety training;
  2. Research opportunities overview (via Zoom);
  3. Shadowing on Discovery projects with current graduate/undergraduate student mentors.

Please email Professor Sailor to register.

Title: The Year Nanotechnology Saved the World (From Covid19) or Hey who put their nano in my medicine?
Speaker: Distinguished Professor Michael Sailor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, UC San Diego

Date/Time: Monday, March 7, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Heikoff Giant Dome Theatre at the Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Join the UC San Diego MRSEC Director, Distinguished Professor Michael Sailor, as he shares facts about how nanoparticles are used in current medicines (like the Coronavirus vaccines), and why researchers are so excited about the future applications of nanotechnology in medicine.

U.S. Army Research Laboratory Internship & Career Info Session

Internship/Career INFO SESSION - DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
Wednesday, February 23, 12:00 - 1:00pm PST

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory is the Army’s research laboratory strategically placed under the Army Futures Command. ARL is the Army’s sole fundamental research laboratory focused on cutting-edge scientific discovery, technological innovation, and transition of knowledge products that offer incredible potential to improve the Army’s chances of surviving and winning any future conflicts.

  • Dr. Wayne Churaman, Team Lead - Protective Technologies, UC San Diego MRSEC Government Affiliate
  • Joseph Gamson, Plans & Programs / Outreach Team
  • Danell Diggs, Program Staff Advisor

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


January 26, 2022 | 11:00 AM PT

Join the Director of Cell Engineering + MRSEC Advisory Committee Member, a Senior Cell Materials Engineer and recruiters from Tesla to learn about internship opportunities and "A Day in the Life" of a Cell Engineer at Tesla.

Register in advance on Handshake or https://forms.office.com/r/EZNpNpBwMX

"Self-Care is Not the Enemy of Performance"

UC San Diego MRSEC Changemaker Week 2022 will host Professor Jennifer Heemstra to give a virtual talk on the topic of self care and performance as a part of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Climate Seminar Series. Please join us on Thursday, January 20th at 11 AM PT. Jennifer M. Heemstra (she/her/hers) is a Professor of Chemistry and Director of Faculty Recruiting and Development at Emory University.

Please see the event flyer for more information.

Zoom Registration: https://bit.ly/3F3i97I 

Institute of Materials Discovery and Design (IMDD) Seminar December 13 | Two Takeaways from COP26: Decarbonization and Electrification of Mobility

The Institute for Materials Discovery and Design (IMDD) welcomes you to our last seminar in the 2021 Seminar Series.
Prof. Mihri Ozkan isa Professor of Physics at UC Riverside. In her talk, Prof. Ozkan will discuss how the pledges made by COP26 will be actualized in the efforts made to electrify mobility options and the process of direct air capture of carbon dioxide to combat carbon emissions in transportation.
Title: Two Takeaways from COP26: Decarbonization and Electrification of Mobility
Speaker: Prof. Mihri Ozkan, Department of Electric and Computer Engineering, UC Riverside
Time: Monday, December 13th, 2021 11:00AM-12:00PM (PST)
This will be a Hybrid Seminar, please register for either in-person or virtual attenance.
In person attendance is limited to 40 attendees. 
In Person Registration: https://forms.gle/2N68Myaz71QbjSMV9
Oct. 11, 2021 |  Source: Fleet Science Center

October 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m
Topic: Nanotechnology in our World

What do the waterproof fabric Gore-tex and the latest coronavirus vaccines have in common? They are both made using nanotechnology. An increasing number of the products we encounter in our daily lives contain nanometer-scale objects that enable their function, and even many “conventional” products are now made using nanotechnology. What is it about a nanomaterial that makes it different?  Providing examples from the fields of medicine, consumer products, and environmental safety, Prof. Sailor will discuss the promises, the challenges, and the dangers of the emerging field of nanotechnology.

LocationThorn Street Brewery North Park, 3176 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92104
We thank Thorn for opening their doors for us again! Thorn Beer will be available for purchase and food will be available from a local food truck!

September 25, 2021 (Saturday) 8:45 am - 11:50 am PDT
September 26, 2021 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 11 am PDT
"How to Optimize our Knowledge Management Strategies to Ensure Streamlining and Sustainability of K-12 Nanotechnology Education"

Location: Virtual Event via Zoom Meeting


Sept. 13, 2021 |  Source: Fleet Science Center

September 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please note different time!
Topic: Human and Machine Intelligence in Nanoengineering 

Recent advances in computing power and computer vision have facilitated a new way of thinking about designing nanomaterials for energy, human health and climate resilience applications. What does the future hold? And, what are the prospects for these new approaches in addressing some of our biggest challenges? Tod Pascal will take us through a brief journey on using computer simulations to advance material science, highlighting successes, challenges and a lot of surprises at the UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, specifically in the Predictive assembly thrust.

LocationWaterfront Grill at Pier 32 Marina, 3201 Marina Way, National City, CA 91950
We thank the Waterfront Grill for welcoming us for the first time to National City! Waterfront Grill offers delicious food as well as full bar. We encourage you to come early to order food and drinks before the event starts. PLEASE NOTE: This is an outdoor venue. Please plan accordingly. Heaters will be available.

August 9, 2021 |  Source: Fleet Science Center

August 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Topic: The Race for Better Batteries

Conversion of raw materials into usable energy and storage of the energy produced are common aspects of everyday life. The development of better batteries is a key technological challenge of the 21st century. Advances will allow smaller more powerful batteries and will provide a greater ability to harness more sustainable energy sources and improve our quality of life. Prof. Shirley Meng leads the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC), at the University of California San Diego to design and develop new functional nano-materials and nano-structures for energy storage and conversion. Learn more how her lab’s research has made batteries safer, more powerful and last longer.

Location: Wavelength Brewing, 236 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
We thank Wavelength Brewing for welcoming us back into their space after a year of virtual Suds & Science events. Wavelength beers will be available for purchase and we encourage you to bring your own dinner!

July 12, 2021  |  Source: Fleet Science Center

Monday, July 12, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Making Medicine More Equitable through Materials Science

The global pandemic has highlighted the vast disparities in access to life-saving drugs and vaccines between rich and poor communities and nations. Dr. Pokorski is trying to use lessons learned in the manufacturing of Legos to make access to medicine more equitable throughout the world. By using tools from plastics manufacturing, his research provides the opportunity to administer treatments at home that are painless, eliminate the need for multiple doses of a vaccine, and allows for pharmaceutical products to be shipped throughout the world without need for refrigeration. Learn more about how Dr. Pokorski is using common manufacturing tools to make new vaccines for HPV, cholesterol, and even COVID-19.

Presenter: Jonathan Pokorski, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Location: We are back to in-person events! And we thank Thorn Brewing for hosting our first in-person event in over a year!
Thorn Brewing, 3176 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104
Thorn Beers available for purchase. Bring your own dinner to enjoy!

May 17, 2021  |  Source: Fleet Science Center

Monday, June 14, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Topic: What are Nano Materials and why Should we Care?
Presenter: Andrea Tao, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Location: via Zoom
Additional information coming soon

March 4, 2021  |  Source: Fleet Science Center

March 8, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Topic: From Black-Eyed Peas to Cancer Nanotechnology

We are living in a global pandemic and all of us are thinking about viruses. Pandemic or not, Dr. Steinmetz has viruses on her mind all the time… specifically plant viruses. To her, plant viruses are not pathogens or infectious agents – rather, Dr. Steinmetz sees plant viruses as ‘nanoscale’ tools that can be repurposed for applications targeting human health. While plant viruses can interact with cells in the human body, they cannot infect humans and the research in Dr. Steinmetz Lab sets out to engineer plant viruses to fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, and lately also COVID-19. Learn more about how her lab’s research has successfully treated cancer in dogs, and what that might mean for humans.

Location: Virtual through Zoom

To register, visit the Fleet Science Center website.