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    "Nanowires, Nanoscience, and Emerging Nanotechnologies" - Charles M. Lieber (Gibbs Award Ceremony & Reception)

    May 17, 2013
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    HIlton Garden Inn (near O'Hare)
    2930 S. River Rd
    Des Plaines, IL 60018

    gibbs medalEvery year the Chicago Section of the ACS awards the solid gold Gibbs Medal to the most outstanding chemist of our day. In our biggest event of the year, we will give this prize to eminent nanoscientist Harvard Prof. Charles M. Lieber. He earned this award for his achievements in:

    • Synthesis and characterizaiton of nanoscale materials
    • Fundamental advances in understanding the properties of nanotubes and nanowires
    • Innovations in nanoelectronics and nanophotonics
    • Integration of nanoelectronics and biological systems
    • Advancing the application of nanotechnologies in medical diagnostics, computing, optoelectronic devices, and biological sciences


    • 6:00 PM · Reception with hors d'oevres and 2 complimentary drinks 
    • 7:00 PM · Dinner 
    • 8:30 PM · ACS Award Ceremony
      • A History of the Willard Gibbs Award (Dr. Michael G. Koehler, Chair of the Chicago Section)
      • Introducing Professor Lieber (Prof. Tobin Marks, Northwestern University)
      • Presentation of the Medal (Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., Chair of the ACS Board of Directors)
    • 8:45 PM · Gibbs Award Lecture 



    Nanoscience offers the promise of driving revolutionary advances in many areas of science and technology, ranging from electronics and computing to biology and medicine, yet the realization of this promise depends critically on the rational development of unique nanoscale structures whose properties and/or function are controlled during materials synthesis. What is the status today, and what are the prospects for the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology?

    This presentation will address these questions from the speaker’s perspective drawing from his work and that of the field broadly defined. First, bottom-up versus top-down paradigms of nanoscience will be introduced, as well the key concept of platform materials needed to drive the bottom-up approach. Second, a brief historical perspective on the emergence of nanowires will be discussed. The ‘chemical’ synthesis of complex modulated nanowires will be highlighted as a central material in nanoscience for enabling the bottom-up paradigm. Third, selected examples illustrating the interplay between nanoscience and emerging or future technologies will be highlighted.

    The concept of assembling a nanocomputer, first introduced by Feynman in 1959, will be introduced, and then the advances made in the past 10+ years will be reviewed and compared to parallel advances in industry. The potential for novel low-power processors for applications from micro-robots to implanted controller in the human body will be discussed. Next, the world-wide issue of energy will be addressed through an examination of past, present, and future efforts in nano-enabled renewable energy production and energy storage. Particular emphasis will be placed on efforts to exploit novel nanostructures for photovoltaic devices and novel paradigms enabled by the bottom-up approach. Last, advances and opportunities at the interface between nanotechnology and the life sciences will be discussed. Applications of inorganic and organic nanostructures as labels for imaging and drug delivery will be examined first. Then development of nanoelectronic devices with the capability to blur the distinction between electronic circuitry and cells to create ‘cyborg’ tissues will be described as an example of using nanoscience to realize what was once simply science fiction.



    • Soup du Jour

    • Mixed garden salad

    • Wine 

    • Choice of:

    Santa Maria Broiled Tri Tips with a wild mushroom demi-glaze sauce 

    Teriyaki Salmon topped with sliced pineapple and oriental teriyaki sauce

    Vegetarian - Eggplant Parmesan served over spaghetti pasta and topped with tomato basil sauce

    • Double chocolate cake



    Charles M. Lieber received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and carried out his doctoral studies at Stanford University, followed by postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology. In 1987 he assumed an Assistant Professor position at Columbia University, embarking on a new research program addressing the synthesis and properties of low-dimensional materials.

    Dr. Lieber moved to Harvard University in 1991 and now holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, as the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. At Harvard, Lieber has pioneered the synthesis of a broad range of nanoscale materials, the characterization of the unique physical properties of these materials and the development of methods of hierarchical assembly of nanoscale wires, together with the demonstration of applications of these materials in nanoelectronics, nanocomputing, biological and chemical sensing, neurobiology, and nanophotonics. Lieber has also developed and applied a new chemically sensitive microscopy for probing organic and biological materials at nanometer to molecular scales.

    Lieber’s work has been recognized by a number of awards, including the Willard Gibbs Medal (2013); Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2012); ACS Inorganic Nanoscience Award (2009); NBIC Research Excellence Award, University of Pennsylvania (2007); Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award (2005); ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2004); World Technology Award in Materials (2004 and 2003); Scientific American 50 Award in Nanotechnology and Molecular Electronics (2003); APS McGroddy Prize for New Materials (2003); MRS Medal (2002); Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (2001); NSF Creativity Award (1996); and ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1992).

    Lieber is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, and American Physical Society. He is Co-Editor of Nano Letters and serves on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of a large number of science and technology journals. Lieber also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of Samsung Electronics. He has published over 340 papers and is the principal inventor on more than 35 patents.

    In his spare time, Lieber has been active in commercializing nanotechnology, and founded the nanotechnology company Nanosys, Inc. in 2001 and the new nanosensor company Vista Therapeutics in 2007, and nucleated Nantero, Inc. from his laboratory in 2001.



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    $39.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Cash at the door: $35 member/ $37 nonmember/ $20 student/retired/unemployed