Nanoday! features Stanford speaker on improving optoelectronic devices

The engineer who coined the term “plasmonics” is the keynote speaker for Vanderbilt University’s Nanoday!, a Nov. 12 celebration and learning opportunity that brings together scientists and engineers working in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Plasmonics is the study of the interaction between electromagnetic fields and free electrons in a metal, but the man who invented that word, Stanford University’s Mark Brongersma, is visiting to discuss some of his more recent research: improving performance in optoelectronic devices by nano-patterning their layers at length scales below the wavelength of light.

Mark Brongersma

The results are metafilms and metasurfaces that offer opportunities to dramatically modify the devices’ optical transmission, absorption, reflection, and refraction properties, Brongersma’s abstract says.

He speaks at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, in Featheringill Hall.

Other high points of the 15th Annual Nanoday! — also called the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum — include an opening welcome from Sharon Weiss, associate professor of electrical engineering and physics, and the lecture “Molecular Engineering of Polymeric Nanoparticles for Immunomodulation” by John Wilson, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Graduate students will have the opportunity to win cash awards in the Nanoday! poster competition, which will have two afternoon sessions. Apply by Friday, Nov. 7., by sending the title and thesis advisor to

Here is the full schedule of events and their locations:


2:15-2:25 p.m. – Welcome from Sharon Weiss, electrical engineering

2:25-2:45 p.m. – Using a multi-electrode Pt array for concurrent in vivo electrochemical and electrophysiological recording in large mammals, by Anita Disney, psychology

2:45-3:05 p.m. – Nanoscale Electrochemical Interfaces, by David Cliffel, chemistry

3:05-3:25 p.m. – Dielectric metasurface analogue of electromagnetically induced transparency, by Yuanmu Yang, graduate student, interdisciplinary materials science


3:25-4:10 p.m. – Poster Session I

4:10-4:30 p.m. – Molecular Engineering of Polymeric Nanoparticles for Immunomodulation, by John Wilson, chemical and biomolecular engineering

4:30-4:50 p.m. – Nanoscale Chemical Analysis Utilizing VINSE’s Tecnai Osiris, by James McBride, chemistry/VINSE

4:50-5:30 p.m. – Poster Session II

5:30-6:30 p.m. – Keynote speaker: Device Applications of Metafilms and Metasurfaces, by Mark Brongersma, Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University

6:30 p.m. – Reception and poster awards


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