Presenter: Prof. Alexander A. Solovev (Fudan University)
Topic: Man-Made Micro- and Nanomachines
Time: 03:00 PM, Oct. 17th (Monday)
Location: Conference Room B, BLDG 909-1F
We live in the era of machines’ miniaturization. Our group demonstrated "the smallest man-made jet engine" (Guinness World Record) based on rolled-up chemically actuated catalytic nanomembranes. Recent exciting developments suggest that we are on the way to discover tomorrow’s multipurpose nanomachines for realization of multiple useful tasks, such as: pumping of fluids, transport of cargo payloads, personalized medicine, environmental remediation and conversion of carbon dioxide greenhouse emission gas. Today, both reductionist and biomimetic principles are used to explore more complex micro- and nanomachines. Concepts of reductionism were described by Descartes, who argued that the world is like a machine, its pieces are like a clockwork and the machine can be well understood and predicted by taking all pieces apart, determining their interactions and then putting them back. This presentation will discuss concepts, challenges and perspectives facing man-made nanomachines, their technological relevancy and important breakthroughs.
Professor Alexander A. Solovev is from Materials Science Department, Fudan University, P. R. China. Prof. Solovev finished his PhD at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Leibnitz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Germany, in 2012. After PhD, Dr. Solovev continued his postdoctoral appointments at Technical University of Munich, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart and University of Toronto. Dr. Solovev’s Awards include: “Dawn Program Award” from Shanghai City, “1000 Awards” for foreign expert from Chinese government, Humboldt Feodor Lynen fellowship, Max Planck fellowship, University of Toronto fellowship, DSM Science and Technology Award from Switzerland, the DAAD prize and he holds the Guinness World Record in nanotechnology for "the Smallest Man-Made Jet Engine". His research interests include inorganic nanomembranes, nanomachines, clean energy, personalized medicine and far from equilibrium systems.
Contact: Prof. Le He