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Materials Research Day - an interdisciplinary celebration of materials research

Date: November 15, 2023 | Time: 8:30 – 4:30 PM | Free event
Location: New Residence Hall, 3625 Parc Avenue

Register by Friday, November 10

The McGill Institute for Advanced Materials (MIAM) and the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) invite you to Materials Research Day. 

Join us for an interdisciplinary celebration of materials research at McGill and beyond. With 14 distinguished speakers, including Professor Antonio Facchetti (Georgia Tech), this event offers insights into the multifaceted realm of materials research, spanning topics such as biomedical detection, advanced microscopy, and characterization techniques. 

You’ll also discover the innovative capabilities of McGill's facilities and the cutting-edge techniques driving progress in the field. 

A poster session will be held for the final hour of the event. We invite attendees to prepare research posters, offering an excellent platform for sharing research findings, exchanging techniques, and exploring potential collaborations.


Time Presentation type/topic Speaker
8:45 Welcoming remarks and speaker introduction  
9:00 Plenary presentation - Organic semiconductors for optoelectronic applications Antonio Facchetti, Georgia Tech
10:00 Research presentation - Mechanical models and material architectures for soft robotics Audrey Sedal, McGill University
10:20 Coffee break  
10:50 Keynote presentation - Exploring plasma-synthesized nanostructured materials through electron microscopy Marc-André Fortin, University of Laval
11:20 MIAM Nanotools Microfabrication Facility Peter Grutter, McGill University
11:35 MIAM Characterization Facility Pierre-Luc Girard-Lauriault, McGill University
11:50 Biomimetic Compartments in Chemistry Lucas Caire da Silva, McGill University
12:10 Lunch  
13:30 Keynote presentation - Thermal Spray Processing of Advanced Materials Christian Moreau, Concordia university
14:00 FEMR Research Facility - Space-filling mineralization pattern in skeletal tissues studied by 3D FIB-SEM tomography at the microscale Natalie Reznikov, McGill University
14:15 FEMR Research Facility - Advances on electron microscopy techniques using the Talos F200X Angel Vadez, McGill University
14:30 Research presentation -  Resolving the In situ architecture of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Type IV pilus machine by cryo-electron tomography Shuaiqi Guo, McGill University
14:50 Flash talk - (In)organic particles in the body: understanding causes and symptoms of diseases through spatially resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) Raphaela Allgayer, McGill University
14:55 Flash talk - Structure analysis of high entropy thin films using GIXRD Alejandra Encalada, McGill University
15:00 Flash talk - Nanoscale Lithography: Metamaterials and Quantum Devices Yacine Benkirane, McGill University
15:05 Flash talk - STEM-EELS and Electron Tomography: Enabling Nano-scale Understanding of Plasmonic Au@THPG Heterodimer for Hydrogen Generation Wanting He,  Institut national de la recherche scientifique
15:10 Flash talk - Advances in Single-Instrument Multiscale Analyses of Hierarchical Biological Materials: A Case Study of the Cornea Eran Ittah, McGill University
15:15 Flash talk - A strong quick-release biointerface in mussels mediated by serotonergic cilia-based adhesion Lucia Youssef, McGill University
15:20 Keynote presentation - From Detoxifying Chemical Warfare Agents to Treating Nuclear Wastewater: Adventures in the Synthesis of Metal–Organic Frameworks Ashlee Howarth, Concordia University
15:50 Poster session  

Antonio FacchettiPlenary speaker: Antonio Facchetti, Georgia Tech

Antonio Facchetti is a Hightower Chair in MSE at the Georgia Institute of Technology, co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Flexterra Corporation, an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, and a Guest Professor at Linkoping University. He has published more than 560 research articles, 15 book chapters, and holds more than 120 patents. He received the ACS Award for Creative Invention, the Giulio Natta Gold Medal of the Italian Chemical Society, the team IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe Award, the corporate Flextech Award.


Ashlee Howarth, Concordia UniversityKeynote speaker: Ashlee J. Howarth, Concordia University

Ashlee J. Howarth is an Associate Professor and Research Chair at Concordia University in Montréal. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2009, and then went on to do her PhD in inorganic materials chemistry at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Michael O. Wolf. Before joining the faculty at Concordia, she completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University with Joseph T. Hupp and Omar K. Farha. At Concordia, the Howarth group is focused on the design and synthesis of rare-earth cluster-based metal–organic frameworks targeting applications in pollution remediation, catalysis, drug delivery, X-ray detection, and chemical sensing.

Profile photo of Marc Andre FortinKeynote speaker: Marc-André Fortin, University of Laval

Professor Marc-André Fortin, head of the Biomaterials for In Vivo Imaging Laboratory at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CR-CHU de Québec - Université Laval), is an expert in nano(bio)materials for in vivo imaging. He earned his doctorate at INRS-Énergie et Matériaux, followed by a postdoctoral position in biomedical imaging in Sweden. His research focuses on the development of nano(bio)materials for imaging, strategies for in vivo biodistribution imaging, additive manufacturing of biomedical polymers for enhanced visibility in biomedical imaging, and the synthesis of radioactive nanoparticles. He has published numerous articles and holds patents in plasma technologies.

Profile photo of Christian MoreauKeynote speaker: Christian Moreau, Concordia University

Christian Moreau has been a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering at Concordia University since 2013. He holds a Tear 1 Canada Research Chair in Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering, and is Senior Advisor for Aerospace Research at Concordia. Since 2017, he has led the NSERC Strategic Network on Green Surface Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (Green-SEAM). He is also the Director of Concordia Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering (TSSE) Research Centre. Prior to joining Concordia, he worked for 27 years at the National Research Council Canada as a materials processing expert in thermal spray processes.


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