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

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
3 p.m.  – 4 p.m. ET

Goran Mashanovich
Professor, Silicon Photonics Group
University of Southhampton
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Monday, April 24, 2023
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Ali Javey, Ph.D.
Lam Research Distinguished Chair in Semiconductor Processing
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
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Monday, March 13, 2023

Exploring the matterverse with nanomaterial megalibraries
Chad A. Mirkin, PhD
George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry
Director, International Institute for Nanotechnology
Northwestern University
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Thursday, February 9, 2023

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
Read the abstract. | Watch the video.


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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