Nanotechnology 2011 Conference and Workshops
NANOMATERIALS AND NANOCHEMISTRY,
in partnership with
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
and in conjunction with
American Ceramic Society
Nano Business Commercialization Association
Nanotechnology is already transforming our lives with new technologies and products. As nanotechnology tools and devices are developed, nanoparticles and nano-engineered materials and systems will play increasingly important roles in a number of industrial sectors such as: energy, biotechnology, electronics and information technology, healthcare and medicine, and industrial products.
The conference will focus on the synthesis, processing and application of nanoengineered materials with an emphasis on energy generation and storage, biological applications including pharmaceuticals, nanomedicine and nano-enabled devices. Cutting edge research from some of the world's leading nano scientists, technologists and business leaders will be presented in six conference sessions. The program will provide attendees an unmatched look at the state-of-the-art in these emerging technologies and their path to the market place.
This unique meeting will bridge the gap between science, technology and commercialization and attract an international group of participants that represent the research, business, and investment communities.
Instructors: Prof. George John, Associate Professor, Organic Materials, Bio-Nanotechnology, Green Chemistry, City college of New York, City University, New York, NY;
Prof. Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa, Associate
Professor, Inorganic and Materials Chemistry,
The workshop will start with an overview of green nanotechnology with emphasis on bio-based nanomaterials. The workshop will then cover nanostructured materials with selected applications: (i) Nanomedicine, and (ii) Nanoparticle Films and Applications in Catalysis and Energy Technology. Finally, the workshop will cover the status-quo of nanomaterials and nanotechnology with select examples.
Instructors: Prof. P. Somasundaran, LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering and Director, NSF Center for Particulate and Surfactant Systems, Columbia University, New York City, NY; Prof. Stephen O'Brien, Associate Professor of Chemistry, City College of New York, City University, New York, New York, NY
The workshop will start with an overview of nanoparticles and their synthesis, characterization, processing and environmental impacts. The workshop will then cover nanostructured materials with selected applications: (i) In-vivo Imaging and Cancer Therapy, and (ii) Nanoparticle Films and Applications in Energy Technology. Safe handling and utilization of nanostructured materials will also be reviewed with emphasis on nanotoxicity and mitigation of toxicity. An attempt will be made to present selected case studies to illustrate the applications and health & safety related issues of engineered nanoparticulate materials.
Program Chairman and President, iRAP, Inc. (
Joseph, Vice President for
Technology and Strategic Planning, NYSERDA,
Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences,
Current State of
· Recent Key developments in Nanobio: Therapeutics, Diagnostics, Medical Devices
· Emerging Products and Business Opportunities
· Nanotechnology Market Segments
· Electronics, Photonics and Magnetics
· Nano-enabled Aviation Components
· Nano Rare Earth Materials
Prof. S.V. Babu, Director, Distinguished Professor and Directror, Center for Advanced Materials processing, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, “Nanomaterials for Chemical Mechanical Planerization (CMP) , Processing Requirements, Emerging Technologies and the Economic Impact”
· CMP as a Key Enabling Technology for Fabricating ULSI Devices – New Challenges
· Nanoparticles and Additives in CMP Slurries for Dielectric and Metal Planarization
· Applications of Various Nanoabrasives in CMP for Other Emerging Technologies
· Economic Impact of the Nano-enabled Semiconductor Industry
Session Chair and Moderator – Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Vice President, Clean Energy Programs, Director, E2TAC - Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center, Professor, College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering, Head, NanoEngineering Constellation
Philip H. Lippel, Consultant, Nanoscience and
The role of advanced nanomaterials and nanoscale devices for:
· developing renewable energy sources and integratingthem with the grid
· improving the efficiency, security, and reliabilityof current electrical infrastructure while reducing the environmental footprintof fossil fuel burning plants
· solid state lighting
· improving the efficiency of commercial building systemsand industrial machinery
McLaughlin, Business Development Lead, Advanced Photovoltaics,
· Overview of current solar PV market
· Current PV technologies and their limitations
· Nanotechnology enabled innovations in solar
· Future outlook of solar PV market
Business Development Director, BESS Technologies,
· Overview of Li-ion batteries in energy storage applications
· Challenges and requirements of the Li-ion battery market
· Si-based nano-engineered materials for improved anodes
· Future outlook of nano-engineered materials in Li-ion batteries and in other energy storage technologies
1.45 p.m. Lunch Break
Session Chair and Moderator – Joan Delia Stanescu, Industrial Liaison Associate, Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
President and Chairman, NanoViricides, Inc.,
· What is a nanoviricide : "Find-Encapsulate-Destroy" antiviral strategy
· FluCide(tm) - Pan-Influenza nanoviricide against pandemic, epidemic influenzas, bird flu, high path viruses
· HivCide(tm) - Anti-HIV nanoviricide was superior to oral HAART cocktail therapy in animal models
· Broad-spectrum nanoviricides - A low cost approach against Neglected Tropical Diseases
Lawrence Tamarkin, Co-Founder, President
and CEO, CytImmune Sciences, Inc.,
Prof. P. Somasundaran, LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering and Director, NSF Center for Particulate and Surfactant Systems, Columbia University, New York City, NY; I. Chernyshova and S. Ponnurangam, Columbia University, New York City, NY; “Physicochemical characterization of nanobiointerfaces for some emerging applications: Problems of nanotoxicity and mitigation strategies”
· Unique physicochemical attributes of nanoparticles and ranking based on them
· Some of the important evolving applications of nanoparticles
· Controlled release and tissue engineering
· Nanotoxicity and Mitigation strategies
Chair and Moderator – Dr. Charles Brumlik, JD, Principal,
Principal, NanoTech Plus, LLC,
· Cancer and diagnostics today
· Cancer roadmaps and other advances
· The lack of a business model for diagnostics
· The need for better diagnostics- and opportunity for nanotechnology?
Dr. George John, Associate Professor of Chemistry, The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY, “Biorefinery: A Design Tool for NanoMaterials”
· Biorefinery-a new concept in materials design
· Low molecular weight building blocks into nanoscale assemblies
· Soft materials from agri-sources - simple organic transformations and by enzyme catalysis
· Molecular gels as delivery vehicles.
· Oil thickening agents and oil spill recovery materials
Dr. Srinivasa R. Raghavan, Patrick & Marguerite Sung Chair & Associate Professor, and Matthew B. Dowling, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, “Nano-Velcro: A Self-Assembly Approach to Hemostatic Control”
· Hemostasis - Stopping of bleeding from wounds, critical to the survival of soldiers and victims of accident
· Hemostatic bandages currently used
· New self-assembling biopolymer - An effective, yet low-cost alternative for hemostasis
Networking Reception and Dinner hosted by
Venue: Thai Select,
8.30 a.m. Conference Commences
Chair and Moderator – Dr. Samuel Brauer, Principal, NanoTech Plus, LLC,
Dr. Charles Brumlik, JD, A. Choudhury, A.A. Lakhani, P. Kuyate, P.P. Pathak, M. Vaidya, Nanobiz, LLC., Branchburg, NJ; Dr. K.W. Lem, Dept. of Physics, MTSE Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ; Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Dept. of Chemistry and Environmental Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ and Jean-Michel Careil, Intellixir, Manosque, France, Overview of 2010-2011 Technology Trends in Nano-engineered Energy Generation and Storage for Large Commercial Markets
Abstract: Discussion of changing energy opportunities. Review of the underlying top 2010-2011 patent and research trends. Near term commercialization strategies based on leveraging improved nanostructured materials for energy generation and storage. Practical commercialization topics will include solar (e.g., active layers, cost reduction, protective layers, efficiency), storage (e.g., battery electrodes, supercapacitors, flywheel), wind (e.g., composites, storage, heat transfer), fuels (e.g., shale gas, biofuels), and applications (e.g., vehicles, portable devices, grid).
Tina Šetinc, S. Kunej, M. Spreitzer and D. Suvorov, J. Stefan Institute,
High-permittivity perovskite thin films gained an increasing interest recently, due to their potential application as ceramic capacitors for miniaturized microwave integrated circuits (MMICs).1,2 Among perovskite materials, incipient ferroelectric strontium titanate SrTiO3 attracted considerable attention for tunable microwave applications owning to its high dielectric constant, large dielectric tunability, and low microwave losses.3,4 With respect to dielectric properties of SrTiO3 thin films their strong dependence of the film thickness, epitaxy and microstructure was observed.5 Thus, the ability to tailor the microstructure is crucial for deposition of high-performance thin films.
SrTiO3 thin films were deposited by chemical solution deposition method (CSD) with the use of Sr-carboxylate and Ti-alkoxide precursors. By controlling the deposition conditions that primarily affect the nucleation and the film formation process, the morphology of CSD-derived SrTiO3 thin films was tailored in order to achieve columnar grain structures. The decomposition behavior of the precursors, phase formation and the film morphology were investigated by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), DTA/TG analyzer coupled with online evolved gas analysis (EGA), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Crystallization behavior, densification process and the influence of the thin film microstructure on the dielectric properties will be discussed.
Skandan, Nader M.
Hagh, Farid Badway and Mumu Moorthi,
Abstract: The growing demand for energy storage systems with high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities has highlighted secondary lithium ion batteries as a viable candidate for numerous applications in consumer electronics, biomedical, telecommunication, military, automotive industry, and even grid applications. This large demand has directed research toward energy storage systems with high efficiency in Li intercalation/de-intercalation, improved cycling stability at elevated temperature, higher safety and lower cost. This presentation will review recent work in developing advanced nanoscale electrode materials for Li-ion rechargeable energy storage systems. In particular, recent work on high capacity and high voltage cathode materials will be presented.
Logar, Boštjan Jančar and Danilo Suvorov, Advanced
Materials Department, Jozef Stefan Institute,
In the field of photocatalysis several approaches have been successfully introduced to enhance the photosensitivity of titanate-based 1D nanostructures in the UV and visible regime. Recently, the increased photoactivity in the visible range was observed with the metallic nanoparticles/titanate nanocomposites. With these materials, enhanced photoactivtiy is assigned to the metallic nanoparticles which act as electron traps and thus suppress the electron recombination rate in the semiconductor. Additionally, visible response of such nanocomposite is obtained by the near electromagnetic field induced by the surface plasmon resonance of metallic nanoparticles. Cu decorated titanate nanobelts (Cu0/Ti-NBs) were formed by the in-situ precipitation of Cu within weak-polyelectrolyte multilayer film assembled on the surface of the Ti-NBs. After annealing and subsequent reduction process composite Cu0/Ti-NBs were obtained. Thin films were fabricated via layer-by-layer deposition of appositively charged polyelectrolytes and Cu decorated Ti-NBs, where the amount and density of Cu0/Ti-NBs in the films was controlled by varying the number of Cu0/Ti-NBs layers. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) were employed to evaluate the morphological and structural characteristics of the Cu0/Ti-NBs composite thin films. In this contribution, the influence of processing parameters on the photocatalytic activity of the as formed Cu0/Ti-NBs composite thin films will be discussed.
Eli S. Leland,
Abstract: Newer and better capacitors will be required to allow switched capacitor DC-DC converters to transition to higher-power applications including drivers for LED lighting and voltage conversion for photovoltaic panels. These improved capacitors must combine high frequency performance with low leakage, low loss, and low cost. We have developed a method for fabricating capacitors using printed nanoparticle dielectrics that offers the requisite performance for these power conversion applications. Whereas standard ceramic capacitor manufacture requires a high-temperature firing step, our printed capacitors are fabricated using only low-temperaure processing, and thus enable flexible, configurable high-throughput deposition onto a polymer substrate at low cost.
Mahendra K. Sunkara, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY “Nanowire Based Materials: Scalable Manufacturing Methods for Energy Conversion and Storage Applications”
Abstract: Nanowires (one-dimensional forms with diameters on the order of few nanometers) potentially offer fast charge transport on surfaces, smaller length scales for diffusion/reaction, and high surface area platforms for several solar energy conversion and energy storage applications. Despite interest, there are no commercial processes for producing one-dimensional materials in large quantities and their arrays over large areas. This presentation will highlight our group’s efforts with a number of new vapor phase processes for making nanowires of a variety of materials systems and scale-up of their production to kilogram scale. The performance of nanowire-based architectures has been investigated with dye sensitized solar cells, solar hydrogen and lithium batteries. The results showed that nanowires offer at least an order of magnitude faster transport and two orders of magnitude slower recombination time scales compared to their nanoparticle counterparts. In the case of Li ion batteries, metal oxide nanowires with a simple modification exhibited excellent stability over hundred charge-discharge cycles with high capacity retention. In the case of photoelectrochemical water splitting, iron oxide nanowire arrays exhibited consistent photoactivity compared to their nanoparticle counterparts.
This work is supported by financial support from the US Department of Energy.
Dr. David H. Gracias, Department of Chemical and
Biomole cular Engineering,
Abstract: The human body is a 3D structure and elaborately patterned from the nano to the macroscale. Hence, there is a need to extend planar micro and nanopatterning techniques into the third dimension to enable precisely structured diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Self-folding refers to self-assembly processes wherein planar structures fold up spontaneously, typically when released from a substrate or exposed to specific stimuli. The processes are versatile and can be used across length scales and with diverse materials. I will describe the use of self-folding methods to fabricate precisely patterned hollow polyhedral containers, physical and chemical scaffolds and bio-chemically actuated wireless surgical tools for less-invasive surgical diagnostics. These examples highlight the use of self-folding to achieve unprecedented precision and machine-based autonomous functionality on a hierarchy of length scales for micro and nanostructured biomedical implants and devices.
Dr. Jason H. Hafner [1,2], Associate Professor, Lindsey J. E. Anderson , Courtney M. Payne , Yu-Rong Zhen , Peter Nordlander , Department of Physics and Astronomy , Department of Chemistry , Rice University, Houston, TX, “A Tunable Plasmon Resonance in Gold Nanobelts”
Abstract: Plasmon resonant nanoparticles have found wide applications in science and technology due to their strong, tunable optical absorption, scattering, and near field enhancement. We have recently synthesized gold nanobelts that are only 10’s of nanometers in height and width, yet 10’s of microns in length. Through optical microscopic imaging, these single crystal gold nanostructures were found to exhibit a strong transverse plasmon resonance at visible wavelengths. By correlating atomic force microscopy measurements of individual nanobelts with their scattering spectra, it was seen that the plasmon resonance tunes with cross-sectional aspect ratio. Simulations revealed that the scattering plasmonic modes are transverse antisymmetric excitations across the nanobelt width. Despite being essentially macroscopic in one dimension, these nanobelts exhibit sharp, tunable plasmon resonances similar to those of nanoparticles. Their tunability, large optical cross section, and unique extended plasmonic structure may make gold nanobelts idea for applications in nanomedicine and nanophotonics. The nanobelt properties and other variations on this structure will be discussed.
At the intersection of advanced materials and life sciences, there is significant nanobiotech innovation occurring that generates substantial commercial opportunities through the evolution of novel products. Many corporations in industries ranging from pharma and medtech to cosmetics and agricultural biotechnology have a direct interest in nano-enabled platform technologies to augment their product portfolios and pipelines. Although many of these companies are expert in their respective life sciences foci, they often do not have significant in-house expertise in advanced materials or the networks in place to effectively source these types of technologies. In a rapidly evolving space, like nanobiotechnology, novel commercialization vehicles are needed. This presentation will provide an overview of nano-enabled biomedical products that are on- or near-market, insights into areas of opportunity for cross-fertilization of innovation, and information on opportunities to connect industry needs with emerging tech solutions.
- Informal Lunch hosted by iRAP
& Asian Cuisine,
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PROFILES OF SPEAKERS AND SESSION CHAIRS
Dr. Thomas Abraham, Conference Chairman
Dr. Abraham is
president and founder of Innovative Research and Products, Inc.
(www.innoresearch.net), an industry and market analysis company based in
Stamford, CT. Dr. Abraham has been
conducting market research in advanced materials for 25 years. Starting
as Director of the Advanced Materials Group at Business Communications Co.
Dr. Mostafa Analouri
Analoui, Ph.D., is Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences at The Livingston Group
addition to industry leadership in biomedical and technology fields, he
consults and lectures in US,
Prof. Teddy (Tewodros) Asefa
Asefa is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and an
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at
Prof. S.V. Babu
Prof. Babu is a Distinguished University Professor and the
Director of NY State supported Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP)
Fernando Gómez-Baquero is Director of Business Development at B.E.S.S.-Technologies. Gómez-Baquero holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, a Specialist Degree in Economics, and an M.S. in Nanoscale Science & Engineering with a Nanoeconomics concentration. He is an innovation economist, nanomaterials engineer, and entrepreneur that performs economic analysis of nanotechnologies, develops science and innovation metrics, studies regional economic development though innovation in nanotechnologies, and promotes improved science and technology policy for emerging technologies. B.E.S.S.-Technologies product is a novel silicon-based anode for lithium-ion battery systems.
Ines Bračko was attended Faculty for Chemistry and
Chemical Engineering, University Ljubljana and received a Bachelor’s degree in
Chemical Engineering in 2006. At the same year she was employed as an assistant
at the Advanced Materials Department, Jožef Stefan Institute and enrolled at
Dr. Samuel Brauer
Samuel Brauer, Ph.D. is the founder of Nanotech Plus, LLC an alliance of consultants focused on the business of nanotechnology offering analysis and operational assistance in this burgeoning field to major corporations, small materials companies, venture and angel investors, and other financial institutions. Established in 2004, the firm’s projects have ranged from evaluating patent portfolios to estimating markets for novel therapeutics.
Prior to Nanotech Plus, he was with the Business Communications Company for 7 years, leading market research on a broad range of advanced materials topics including polymer nanocomposites, carbon nanotubes, advanced polymer composites,
Dr. Charles Brumlik, Session Chair and Speaker
Dr. Brumlik is president and co-founder of Nanobiz, LLC. (http://www.nanobizllc.com), a firm assisting in assessing and commercializing cross-disciplinary advanced materials and industrial processes. Charles Brumlik is also a business and patent attorney who advises Fortune 500 companies, angels, venture capital groups, and startup technology companies around the world. Dr. Brumlik specializes in commercialization, due diligence, and technology sourcing in alternate energy, materials, cleantech and nanotechnology. Representative areas include membranes, separations, chemical functionalization, ultrafine particles, high surface area materials, cermets, displays, solid state lighting, sensors, and electronics. Commencing with his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Nanochemistry and Nanomaterials” at Texas A&M, Dr. Brumlik has 20 years of experience working with nanotechnology. He has over 20 nanotechnology publications and patents in nanotechnology including nanoparticle hydrogen storage, electrochemical energy storage, and related processes.
Vincent Caprio, Session Chair
Caprio (www.vincentcaprio.org) is
the Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (www.nanobca.org). Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates
for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal
levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of
Caprio graduated from
Cellucci is Chief Commercialization Officer and Senior Counselor for the Under
Secretary of Science and and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security in
was an early pioneer in advancing the field of nanotechnology in American
science, engineering and manufacturing. Dr. Cellucci was instrumental in
earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the
Dr. Anil Diwan
Diwan invented novel polymeric micelle-based nanomedicine technologies as early
as 1991. Dr. Diwan is a prolific inventor and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to
co-founding NanoViricides, Inc., (a public company, NNVC), he has founded
TheraCour Pharma, Inc., a privately held company focused in nanomedicines and
cell-targeted drug delivery, and AllExcel, Inc., a company with diverse
portfolios including nanomedicines, small chemicals, device technologies, as
well as informatics. He has won several NIH SBIR (small business innovation
research) grant awards. Anil holds a Ph.D. from
Dr. Laura Faulconer
has been with
Dr. David Gracias
David Gracias is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. He did his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard prior to starting at Johns Hopkins in 2003. He is an author on 115 publications including 74 journal articles and 20 issued patents. His research has been published or highlighted in prestigious journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, Nature Chemistry, PNAS and press portals such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes and Discover Magazine.
Dr. Jason H. Hafner
Jason H. Hafner earned his Ph.D. from
Dr. Pradeep Haldar
Haldar serves as Vice President of Clean Energy Programs at the College of
Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) and as Chief Operating and Technical
Officer of the $300M, newly established U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing
Consortium (USPVMC) in partnership with SEMATECH. He is Professor of
NanoEconomics and NanoEngineering and Head of the NanoEconomics Constellation.
He is also Director of the Energy and
Haldar’s activities are centered around world-class
technology development, R&D, entrepreneurship and commercialization of
nanotech and clean energy ecosystems. He has over 25 years of industrial and
academic experience in these areas with considerable expertise in building open
innovation capabilities, strategic alliances, business and technology strategy,
technology portfolio management, and incubation. He manages iCLEAN, the Clean
Energy Incubator at CNSE; the NSF Partnerships for Innovation initiative;
serves as Board Member and Executive Director of New
Energy New York Consortium; and is Past Chair, DOE NREL’s Clean Energy
Alliance. Prior to joining CNSE, Dr. Haldar founded and served as
General Manager and Director of Technology, of rapidly growing SuperPower, a
start-up and new spin-out subsidiary of Intermagnetics (sold to Philips for
$1.3B). He is a senior member of IEEE and an author or co-author of over 250
reviewed technical papers, conference proceedings with several patents issued
and pending. He is a Fellow of the
Dr. George John
George John, Ph.D., is
Associate Professor of Chemistry, the
Janet Joseph is the Vice
President for Technology and Strategic Planning at the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Janet oversees a multifaceted energy
research program focused on developing and accelerating the market introduction
of emerging energy efficient and clean energy technologies in
Dr. Eli Leland
Leland is a postdoctoral researcher at the CUNY Energy Institute. His research
focuses on printed electronics for high-efficiency power conversion. In 2010
Eli was a Mirzayan Fellow in energy policy at the National Academies in
Dr. Philip Lippel
Philip Lippel is an expert consultant on nanoscience and emerging technologies. He has worked on a variety of technical, policy, and science communication issues at the national and international level in fields including nanotechnology, science education and workforce, informatics, telecommunications, and commercialization of emerging technologies. Dr. Lippel has provided top level scientific support to the leadership of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative; helped to keep Congress, the public, and other interested parties up to date on federally funded nanotechnology research and development; and liaised with companies, NGOs, and state agencies interested in nanotechnology commercialization. He served government as a senior policy analyst at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation; industry as a Member of Technical Staff at Agilent Technologies and as founder of L Cubed Consulting; and academia as a faculty member in the Physics Department of the University of Texas at Arlington.
He received an A.B. in Physics and in
Jamison McLaughlin is a co-founder of Advanced
Photovoltaics, a solar technology startup spun out of the
Prof. Stephen O’ Brien
Dr. Stephen O’Brien is Associate Professor of Chemistry at
Analyst Alton Parrish has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the
Dr. Srini Raghavan
Raghavan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical &
Biomolecular Engineering at the
Tina Šetinc attended
Dr. Ganesh Skandan
Ganesh Skandan earned his Ph.D in
Materials Science and Engineering from
Dr. Skandan was recognized as
outstanding alumnus of the
Dr. P. Somasundaran
Somasundaran is the La von Duddleson Krumb Professor at Columbia University
School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Director of the
is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the highest
professional distinction conferred upon an engineer, and the equivalent
national academies in
His research interests are surface and colloid chemistry, polymer, surfactant and protein adsorption, flocculation/dispersion and biosurface phenomena, molecular interactions at surfaces using advanced spectroscopy, environmental engineering (waste treatment).
Dr. Mahendra K. Sunkara
Mahendra K. Sunkara is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, University Scholar and Interim
Director for the
Dr. Lawrence Tamarkin
Lawrence Tamarkin is CEO and Founder, CytImmune. Dr. Tamarkin is the co-inventor of the colloidal gold-based, tumor-targeted nanomedicine platform technology, which is covered in 36 allowed and 46 pending patents both domestically and internationally. The Company’s first cancer nanomedicine, Aurimune®, has been successfully tested in a Phase I advanced-stage cancer patient study, and Phase II testing in combination with approved chemotherapies is planned. Recognizing that cancer isn’t a single disease, under Dr. Tamarkin’s leadership a pipeline of nanotherapeutics is being developed, with each product being designed to attack tumors by different mechanisms; the second-in-a-family of cancer nanomedicines, AuriTol™, is expected to enter clinical testing in 2013, with a third nanomedicine advancing through pre-clinical development. Dr. Tamarkin was graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook receiving a B.S. degree and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Connecticut.