MIT.nano Seminar Series

A monthly lecture on topics related to nanoscience and nanotechnology given by an expert in the field.

The monthly MIT.nano seminar was first presented to the community in 2019 through the "Perspectives in Nanotechnology" lectures, an introductory set of talks by experts who have played seminal roles in the progress of our understanding of the nanoscale in key areas over the past decades. Organized by assistant professor Farnaz Niroui, the series was met with much enthusiasm from members of the MIT and nano communities, and so the MIT.nano seminar series continues to offer monthly talks from researchers across the spectrum of nanoscience and nanoengineering.

Talks last approximately 45 minutes and are followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Once a year, MIT.nano will welcome a member of the MIT.nano Consortium to give the seminar. Suggestions for guest speakers can always be sent to

The November seminar is the Mildred S. Dresselhaus Lecture, named in honor of beloved MIT professor Mildred "Millie" Dresselhaus, the “queen of carbon science.” This annual event recognizes a significant figure in science and engineering from anywhere in the world whose leadership and impact echo Millie’s life, accomplishments, and values.

Spring 2023

Thursday, February 9, 2023
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Van der Waals heterostructures, superlattices and thin films: Boundless opportunities at bondless boundaries
Xiangfeng Duan
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Inorganic, Materials, Analytical Chemistry, Nanoscience
University of California, Los Angeles
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Chips & innovation: A new era
Dr. Ahmad Bahai
Senior vice president and chief technology officer
Texas Instruments
Read the abstract.


Fall 2022

Monday, December 5, 2022
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Material learning
Wilfred G. van der Wiel
Full professor of nanoelectronics; director of the BRAINS Center for Brain-Inspired Nano Systems
University of Twente, The Netherlands
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Monday, November 21, 2022
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Dresselhaus Lecture
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, MIT
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Thursday, November 3, 2022
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

CARBON QUEEN: The Life of Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Nanoscience Innovator
A book signing and conversation with author Maia Weinstock
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Monday, September 19, 2022
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. EDT

Electronic skins for robotics and wearables
Takao Someya, Professor
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Tokyo

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Past lectures and contact

Previous seminars are listed on our archive page. Videos of previous seminars may be found on our YouTube page.

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