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Aurel Stodola Lecture - Nanoscale Process Systems Engineering: Towards Molecular Factories, Synthetic Cells, And Adaptive Devices

Research in nanoscale science and engineering has been primarily directed towards the design and manufacturing of (a) materials with passive nanostructures (e.g. nanostructured coatings, dispersion of nanoparticles, and bulk nanostructuredmetals, polymers and ceramics), and (b) active devices with nanostructured materials (e.g. transistors, amplifiers, targeted drugs and delivery systems, actuators and adaptive structures). Here I will first offer research propositions that need to be addressed before Nanoscale Process Systems Engineering can tackle the deliberate engineering of living cells or the design of new materials and devices based on active processing systems at the scale of a few nanometers. Second, I will discuss the construction of nanostructures with desired geometric features along with design principles guiding such a construction

Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Dr. George Stephanopoulos
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA., USA
May 26, 2009   14:15 /

Semper Aula, ETH main building, HG G 60
Contact Person:

Prof. Sotiris Pratsinis
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Professor George Stephanopoulos is widely recognized for his research on various theoretical and practical aspects of Process Systems Engineering including process design; process operations monitoring, diagnosis, planning, scheduling and control; identification and design of chemical and biological networks; and multi-resolution modeling and analysis of materials. His recent work has been expanding the scope of process engineering activities to address the underlying new problems for the design and operation of systems at the nano scale. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Technological Sciences and has received numerous international honors, distinctions and awards.