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CBE faculty, students, researchers take part in inaugural Nano@IAState event

CBE Professor Matthew Panthani, one of the event planners, introduces Professor Mallapragada, who provided one of the plenary lectures.

Twelve representatives of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), including faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, took part in the premiere Nano@IAState conference July 27.

They helped make up a large group of oral and research poster presenters at the event, which brought together Iowa State, Ames Laboratory and industrial scientists and researchers for a day of sharing involving research and applications in nanoscience.

CBE Assistant Professor Matthew Panthani was part of the planning committee for the new event. The agenda included CBE’s Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Carol Vohs Johnson Chair Surya Mallapragada as a plenary speaker; graduate students Nathaniel Kallmyer, Pratyush Mishra and Yijun Qi; and postdoctoral researcher Metin Uz as oral presenters; and graduate students Atefe Hadi, Umar Hamdeh, Kallmyer, Srikanth Nayak, Rainie Nelson, Yujie Wang and Wei Zheng as poster presenters.

With Panthani on the conference organizing committee were Dr. Aaron Rossini of the Department of Chemistry and Dr. Martin Thuo of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Event sponsors included The Startup Factory; The Iowa State University Research Park; The Ames Laboratory; ISU Office of Vice President, Economic Development; The College of Engineering; The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; The Department of Materials Science and Engineering; The Department of Chemistry; and The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

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Graduate student Srikanth Nayak was one of several CBE poster presenters.
Graduate student Atefe Hadi poses with her research poster.
Graduate student Yijun Qi.
CBE graduate student Pratyush Mishra speaks to the audience.