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 2021

Note: The Spring 2021 MIT.nano seminars will be presented virtually due to COVID-19. All seminars will take place at 3 p.m. EST unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, January 25, 2021
Measuring metabolic flux with cellular and molecular resolution: Combining Seahorse XF and LC/MS technologies for comprehensive analyses

Genevieve Van de Bittner, PhD
R&D Researcher, Agilent Research Laboratories
Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Abstract and Bio | Watch the video.

Monday, February 22, 2021
Magic angle graphene: The twist and shout of quantum materials

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, MIT
Cecil and Ida Green Professor
Department of Physics

Abstract and Bio | Watch the video.

Monday, March 15, 2021
Translational neuroelectronics

Dion Khodagholy, Columbia University
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Abstract and Bio | Watch the video.

Monday, April 26, 2021
There is no time for science as usual: Materials acceleration platforms
*Note this seminar will start at 4pm.

Alán Aspuru-Guzik, University of Toronto
Professor, Chemistry & Computer Science

Abstract and Bio | Watch the video.

Monday, May 17, 2021
Hot electrons, cold materials: Building blocks for next generation semiconductor devices

Rehan Kapadia, University of Southern California
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Abstract and Bio | Watch the video.

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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