PyOhio @ Ohio Union
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day

A FREE annual conference at the Ohio Union in Columbus, Ohio for Python programmers in and around Ohio, the entire Midwest, maybe even the whole world! There will be many Talks and Tutorials! Please be sure to bring your notebook and laptops and prepare to learn!

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2017 Shell Undergraduate Research Experience Poster Session @ 291 Mendenhall Lab
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Shell Undergraduate Research Experience Poster Session:

The School of Earth Sciences undergraduate majors participating in the 2017 Shell Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) internships will present the results of their summer research projects at a poster session on Thursday, August 3.

Students and their posters will be in 291 Mendenhall Laboratory (125 South Oval Dr) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. All are welcomed to attend.

Biochemistry Seminar – Dr. Wen Jiang @ 111 Parks Hall
Aug 31 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Title: TBA

Affiliation: Purdue University

Hosted by: Dr. Suo

Seminar: Designing Surfaces with Extreme Wettabilities – Dr. Anish Tuteja @ E100 Scott Lab
Sep 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Affiliation: University of Michigan

Hosted By: Professor Bharat Bhushan

Description: In this talk I will discuss the current work in my group on developing surfaces with extreme wettabilities, i.e. surfaces that are either completely wet by, or completely repel, different liquids. The first portion of the talk will cover the design of so called “superomniphobic surfaces” i.e. surfaces which repel all liquids. Designing and producing textured surfaces that can resist wetting by low surface tension liquids such as various oils or alcohols has been a significant challenge in materials science, and no examples of such surfaces exist in nature. As part of this work, I explain how re-entrant surface curvature, in addition to surface chemistry and roughness, can be used to design surfaces that cause virtually all liquids, including oils, alcohols, water, concentrated organic and inorganic acids, bases, solvents, as well as, viscoelastic polymer solutions to roll-off and bounce.

The second portion of my talk will cover the design of the first-ever reconfigurable membranes that, counter-intuitively, are both superhydrophilic (i.e., water contact angles @ 0°) and superoleophobic (i.e., oil contact angles > 150°). This makes these porous surfaces ideal for gravity-based separation of oil and water as they allow the higher density liquid (water) to flow through while retaining the lower density liquid (oil).  These fouling-resistant membranes can separate, for the first time, a range of different oil–water mixtures, including emulsions, in a single-unit operation, with >99.9% separation efficiency, by using the difference in capillary forces acting on the oil and water phases. As the separation methodology is solely gravity-driven, it is expected to be one of the most energy-efficient technologies for oil-water separation.

I will also discuss surfaces with patterned wettability, where both wetting (omniphilic) and non-wetting (omniphobic) domains are fabricated on the same substrate. We use such substrates for fabricating monodisperse, multi-phasic, micro- and nano-particles possessing virtually any desired composition, projected shape, modulus, and dimensions as small as 25 nm. Finally, I will discuss some other areas of current and future research, including the development of ice-phobic coatings that offer one of the lowest reported adhesion strengths with ice.

Research Networking Series- Promoting Health and Wellness @ STEAM Factory
Sep 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Research, Short and Sweet
If you only had one minute and one slide to explain your work, what would you say? Please join your research colleagues for a new quarterly networking series that connects the most collaborative minds engaged in Discovery at Ohio State.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration is limited to the first 40 registrants for each session.
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Seminar: Eric Ruggiero @ E100 Scott Lab
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Affiliation: GE Aviation, Cincinnati, OH

Hosted by: Professor Marcelo Dapino

Biochemistry Seminar – Dr. Natalia Tretyakova @ 111 Parks Hall
Oct 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Title: TBA

Affiliation: University of Minnesota

Hosted by: Dr. Musier-Forsyth

Analytical/Physical Seminar – Dr. Thorsten Bernhardt @ 2004 Evans Laboratory
Oct 9 @ 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

Title: TBA

Affiliation: Ulm University

Hosted by: Dr. Zhong

Analytical/Physical Seminar – Dr. Thomas Rizzo @ 2004 Evans Laboratory
Oct 16 @ 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

Title: TBA

Affiliation: Encole Polytechnique de Fédérale de Lausanne

Hosted by: Dr. Wysocki

Biochemistry Seminar – Dr. Lee Woodcock @ 111 Parks Hall
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Title: TBA

Affiliation: University of South Florida

Hosted by: Dr. Herbert