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ONLINE - Nanomaterials Chemistry Approaches to Address Health and Energy Challenges

ONLINE - Nanomaterials Chemistry Approaches to Address Health and Energy Challenges

Miércoles, 21 de Octubre de 2020 - 16:00
nanoGUNE online Webinar
Laura Fabris, Rutgers University
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Nanomaterials Chemistry Approaches to Address Health and Energy Challenges

Dr. Laura Fabris

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University

Our planet is populated by an estimated 7.3 billion, highly interacting individuals, who are, at least in the first world countries, enjoying longer, hyperconnected, and comfortable lives. These facts bring substantial strain to the healthcare systems, as people are more exposed to both communicable and non-communicable diseases. In stark contrast, communities in developing and low-income countries have limited access to healthcare and are often exposed to communicable diseases, sometimes of zoonotic origin, in addition to being unable to rely on sufficient screening for other non-communicable diseases, such as cancer. Similarly, while people in high income countries are putting substantial strain on energy resources, villages in low income countries are completely off the grid. Therefore, there is the need to address healthcare and energy issues for both the rich and the developing countries, taking into account how approaches that could be effective for the rich world have to be made substantially cheaper, rugged, and portable to address the needs of low-income countries. In my talk, I will discuss how my group has been addressing these needs by leveraging lessons from nanomaterials chemistry, intertwined with inputs from physics, biology, and medicine. I will present our holistic computational and experimental approach to rationally design novel gold nanoparticles and describe how these particles can be employed to solve medical and energy problems. For instance, I will show how they can be used to quantify cancer cell phenotype at the single cell level and in tissue microarrays by means of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), to understand influenza A virus mutations in single intact cells, and to increase the rates of hydrogen evolution via photocatalytic spitting of water through near infrared light absorption. Taken together, these initial successes promise to bring a nanomaterials chemistry contribution to solving current and future healthcare and energy needs. 

Host: J. M. Pitarke


ONLINE seminar: Laura Fabris; Rutgers University - CIC nanoGUNE 

When: Oct 21, 2020 04:00 PM Madrid 

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