Start: April 22, 2021 3:30 p.m.
End: April 22, 2021 4:30 p.m.

From Nanostars to Smoke Grenades:  How Plasmonic Nanoparticle Synthesis has Shaped My Career

Dr. Joshua D. Smith
Research Scientist
Luna Innovations - Charlottesville, VA
BSU Class of 2016

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Meeting ID: 982 2452 9785; Passcode: 9QnpAp

From the treatment of cancer to enhanced conversion of light into electricity, metal nanocrystals with unique optoelectronic properties are being used to address a variety of problems. However, precise control over the nanocrystals size, shape, and compositions is critical to controlling the optoelectronic responses of the nanocrystals. Inspired by how nature creates snowflake, this work demonstrates that kinetically controlled sequential seeded growth is a general bottom-up strategy to prepare metal nanocrystals with specific shapes, sizes, and composition. Similar to shape-controlled synthesis, the different “conditions” that you expose yourself to throughout your career will shape you as a professional. In addition to the discussion on metal nanocrystals synthesis, I will go through some of things I learned from my journey as a Ball State student participating in CRISP to developing smoke grenades for the U.S. Army. During this seminar, questions regarding graduate school, product development, academia-industry partnerships, entrepreneurship, and science at a small business are welcome!