BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-TIMEZONE:America/New_York PRODID:-//Apple Inc.//iCal 3.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN X-WR-CALNAME:Park School X-APPLE-CALENDAR-COLOR:#222222 BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:America/New_York X-LIC-LOCATION:America/New_York BEGIN:DAYLIGHT TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0400 TZNAME:EDT DTSTART:19700308T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYMONTH=3;BYDAY=2SU END:DAYLIGHT BEGIN:STANDARD TZOFFSETFROM:-0400 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 TZNAME:EST DTSTART:19701101T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYMONTH=11;BYDAY=1SU END:STANDARD END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT SEQUENCE:711 DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20200207T110000 SUMMARY:Creating Complexity in Materials via Synthetic Biology DESCRIPTION:by Melik Demirel, Pennsylvania State University, Materials Research and Huck Life Science Institutes Abstract Recent advances in the nanotechnology of 2D materials, combined with parallel improvements in biotechnology and synthetic biology, have demonstrated that complex biomimetic materials with desired engineered properties and optimized performance can be achieved. In this talk, we will focus on complexity in material systems, which are generated via specific physical interactions established between proteins and 2D materials. A significant portion of the 2D materials (e.g., atomistically thin metals, insulators, semiconductors) was already combined with proteins consisting of different amino acid sequences that engender different interactions. These interactions control the molecular scale assembly of the 2D composites, thus demonstrating programmable mechanical, electrical, optical, thermal properties. We will discuss several strategies that have been developed to combine molecular biology research with materials science (e.g., phage display libraries against 2d materials, directed evolution of peptides, and expression of noncanonical amino acids for conjugation chemistries). Our research can potentially drive novel technologies on programmable materials in which molecular-scale control of composites allow to tailor desired processes and interactions (e.g. nonlinear interactions, transport process) that are crucial for future materials technologies such as power generation and management, sensing, and signature reduction. Biography Melik Demirel, Lloyd and Dorothy Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials, is a scientist and innovator with expertise in biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials science. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and then work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Max Planck Institute for Biophysical chemistry as a von Humboldt fellow. He joined Penn State in 2003 and his research focuses on assembly of environmentally sustainable materials and composite materials by merging materials science and synthetic biology. Dr. Demirel is a member of National Academy of Inventors and co-founder of Tandem Repeat Technologies that creates programmable materials. He is the director of CRAFT Center, Center for Research of Advanced Fiber Technologies at Penn State, where he has published over 110+ articles in refereed journals including high impact publications (Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, PNAS, Nature Biotechnology, Physical Review Letters), conference proceedings and patents. He received numerous national and international awards as well as educated over 50+ students as a faculty member at Penn State. DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20200207T120000 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR