Meeting/Event Information

    Chemistry of Nanocrystals - Prof. Emily Weiss, Northwestern University

    February 16, 2012
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Zhivago Restaurant
    9925 Gross Point Rd
    Skokie, IL 60076

    What magic happens when a crystal is only a few nanometers in size? How will making these tiny materials revolutionize solar energy? Come find out from Northwestern Professor Emily Weiss at the February meeting of the American Chemical Society's Chicago Section! Dinner and her talk will be preceded by a talk from Northwestern postdoc Dr. Chis Evans, "Not so Magic: How Kinetics May Explain the Existence of Magic-Sized Semiconductor Clusters." Join the chemists for a fun evening of hobnobbing, networking, and science at Zhivago's.

    Students, retirees and unemployed persons should review the section website for discounted tickets.

    5:30 - 6:30 PM · Pre-dinner talk (Evans)

    5:30 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour & Job Club
    6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner 
    7:30 - 9:00 PM · General Meeting and after-dinner talk (Weiss)


    Prof. Weiss' abstract: The most general and influential feature of nanostructures is their high surface area-to-volume ratio. The chemistry of the surfaces of nanostructures therefore impact their optical, structural, and chemical properties. We will explore the interaction of colloidal nanostructures – specifically, quantum dots – with the organic ligands adsorbed to their surfaces, and how we can use surface chemistry to enhance the processes within these particles that are desirable for their application in solar energy conversion.

    Dr. Evans' abstract: Researchers continue to demonstrate the remarkable potential of semiconductor nanocrystals for a wide range of applications (LEDs, photovoltaics, biological labeling, etc…).  However, commercial sources of nanocrystals are prohibitively expensive and lack the necessary scale for industrial uses.  In large part, this is due to the fact that their synthesis has gone largely unchanged for twenty years, despite being a laborious and irreproducible procedure that relies upon guess-and-check methodologies to control nanocrystal size and surface composition.  I will present studies aimed at deciphering the complex nature of nanocrystal growth aimed towards a more facile and controllable synthesis.


    Parking is free.

    Dinner details:

    Fresh tomato and mozzarella salad, breads, fire cracker meat rolls with Asian sauce, calamari and fresh vegetables

    Cream of Mushroom Soup

    Entree choice of one -

    • Beef Brochette (skewered beef tenderloin filet marinated in house marinade and grilled with an  array of vegetables),

    • Salmon (broiled on a bed of spinach with Sonoma Curtier Russian River Sauce), or

    • Vegetarian Pasta

    Desert - Assorted pastries and fresh fruit






    $37.00 Member

    $39.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

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