Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 am
Talk Title: Digitizing Nanoscale Self-Assembly
Gang earned MS and Ph.D. (2000) from Bar-Ilan University (Israel), specializing in Atomic Spectroscopy and Soft Matter, respectively. As a postdoctoral Distinguished Rothschild Fellow at Harvard University, he studied nanoscale wetting phenomena and structure of liquid interfaces. Gang has started at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a Distinguished Goldhaber Fellow in 2002, rising through the ranks to lead the Soft and Bio-Nanomaterials group at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials from 2008. In 2016, Gang has joined Columbia University as a Professor of Chemical Engineering, and of Applied Physics and Materials Science.
Gang has received numerous awards and recognitions, including University President Award and Wolf Foundation scholarship for his PhD work, Rothschild and Goldhaber fellowships, Department of Energy Outstanding Mentor Award, Gordon Battelle Prize for Scientific Discovery, has been named Battelle Inventor of the Year, and he is a Fellow of American Physical Society.
The ability to organize nano-components into the desired architectures with targeted properties can enable a broad range of nanotechnological applications, from designed biomaterial to optical systems and information processing. However, we are currently lacking an adaptable and broadly applicable methodology for the bottom-up 3D nanofabrication of the prescribed nanoscale structures. I will discuss our efforts in establishing a versatile platform for the formation of targeted 3D architectures from inorganic and biomolecular nano-components based on the molecularly programmable assembly. The recent advances in building periodic and hierarchical organizations from inorganic nanoparticles, proteins, and enzymes using DNA-based methods will be presented. I will demonstrate how these assembly approaches can be used for a fabrication of nanomaterials with novel nano-optical, electrical and biochemical functions.