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Spring 2016 Symposium: Material Advantage – Pioneering devices enabled by material breakthroughs


Date: March 25, 2016

Location: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 

                    Kossiakoff Center

                    Laurel, Maryland

Workshop Description

Many of the largest breakthroughs in device performance can be traced back to an enabling material technology such as new thin films with engineered structures, meta-stable materials, or physics enabled by low dimensional materials. Indeed, much of the promise of “nanotechnology” comes from nano-scale materials science being successfully integrated into device architectures. This workshop will explore the materials advances that have enabled break though technologies in the areas of: Power and Energy, Bio and flexible, Electronics and Sensors, and Actuators.  It aims to inspire attendees to collaborate using their materials advantage.

New for this year: Student speakers in each session and a rump session/happy hour to close out the meeting!


  • 2/22 – Abstracts due for oral presentations
  • 3/4 – Notice of acceptance
  • 3/18 – Poster abstracts due


Dr. James Warren, Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics Material Measurement Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology: “The Materials Genome Initiative, Data, and Open Science”

Dr. Todd Brintlinger, Research Physicist, Materials Science and Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory: “Seeing is believing: Imaging Electrochemistry at the Nanoscale”

Dr. Kurt Gaskill, Senior Scientist, US Naval Research Laboratory: “Key Parameters for Metal – Graphene Contacts”

Professor Liangbing Hu, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland: “Nanomaterials for Energy and Flexible Electronics”

Professor Masa Ishigami, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida: “Measurement of resistance induced by a single potassium atom on chiral-angle known nanotubes: understanding the impact of a model scatterer for nanoscale sensors”

Dr. Nathan Lazarus, Electronics Engineer, US Army Research Laboratory: “From Fractals to Ferrofluids: Creating a Soft and Squishy Power System”

Professor Zhihong Nie, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UMGCC, University of Maryland: “Nanoparticle Ensembles: from Self-assembly to Cancer Theranostics”

Ryan Sochol, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland: “3D Printed Microfluidic Circuitry via Alternative Additive Approaches”

Dr. Fan Wu, VP Product Development, Diagnostic Biochips, Inc.: “Neural Recording Arrays with Distributed Cellular-Level Optical Stimulation”



Schedule  Event
9:00 to 9:45 am Registration
9:45 to 10:00 Welcome
10:00 to 10:45 Plenary Talk – Dr. James Warren
10:45 to 11:00 Break
11:00 to 12:00 Breakout Sessions I – Sensors and Flexible/Actuators
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch and Poster Session/Networking
1:30 – 2:30 Breakout Sessions II – Bio and Power/Energy
2:30 to 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:30  Rump Session
3:30 – 4:15 Poster Session/Networking
4:15 Poster Prize Announcement

Contributor Information

All attendees are encouraged to present at the workshop. Students will have the opportunity to submit a 1 page (text and figures) abstract for consideration for an oral presentation, extended until February 22nd. Abstracts for poster presenters are 1 paragraph, due by March 18th.  All oral presentation submissions will automatically be considered for poster presentations if an oral presentation is not awarded.  There will be student poster prizes awarded at the conference.  Non-students are also encouraged to submit contributions, although they are not be eligible for the poster prizes.


Pricing Information

Rate Type Early Bird
before March 1
March 2 – 25

Student with Poster

$50 $50


$60 $60

Regular Attendee with Poster

$90 $140

Regular Attendee

$100 $150

Regular Attendee – FDA Employee



Networking Session Information

The networking session is ideal for companies, organizations, and employers who are seeking talented members of the MAMNA community for opportunities in the micro and nanotechnology fields.  If your company or organization would like to have a table at the Career and Networking session please click the button below.  The cost is $150 and includes two registrations for staffing your table.

John’s Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Information

11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel, MD 20723

Free Parking is available onsite: Use the Pond Road entrance



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