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.

Fall 2023

All fall 2023 seminars will be held in person at MIT.

Monday, December 11, 2023
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Building 34, Room 401

Overcoming the six-decade tyranny of the scaling of semiconductor lasers
Boubacar Kanté
Chenming Hu Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)
University of California, Berkeley

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Monday, November 20, 2023
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Building 10, Room 250

Mildred S. Dresselhaus Lecture
Angela Belcher
James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering, Materials Science, and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

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Monday, October 16, 2023
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Building 34, Room 401

Bringing MEMS functionality into integrated circuits
Dana Weinstein
Professor, Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

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Monday, September 18, 2023
3 p.m.  – 4 p.m. ET

Mixed-dimensional heterostructures for electronic and energy technologies
Mark Hersam
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University

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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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