Seminar - Nanostructured Networks: Materials and Applications by Dr. Zhiping Xu
Date: 21 March 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Networked materials, from buckypapers to cytoskeletons, feature structural hierarchies from nano to macro. With the combination of cutting-edge nano-engineering techniques and novel inspiration from biology, synthetic networked materials hold great potential in a number of applications, e.g. active, responsive, dynamic materials. In addition to the detailed properties of building blocks, interfaces and network topology, emergent phenomena also present. In this talk, we first present an analysis on the basic structural and mechanical properties of simple networks, followed by discussion on the structures, properties and transport behavior of several networked materials, including networks of carbon nanotubes, graphene and cytoskeletons. Specific focus will be placed on their applications in sustainable energy and environmental industry.
Dr. Zhiping Xu received his B.S. (2002) and Ph.D (2007) from Tsinghua University. He worked at Rice University (2007-2008) and MIT (2008-2010) as a postdoctoral researcher before returning to Tsinghua as an associate professor of engineering mechanics in 2010. He started the Computational Energetics Laboratory (CEL) there, focusing on the development of nanostructured and bio-inspired materials, devices for energy and environmental applications. More details can be found at http://www.cel-tsinghua.org.