Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact

What if we could cure cancer with a pill that tricks the immune system and prevents the disease from spreading? What if sensors could provide new data to help solve global concerns relating to energy, water and agriculture? What if we could create entirely new generations of biomedical, electrical, information storage, and mechanical devices that could transform entire industries and vastly improve our quality of life?

These are just a few of the groundbreaking ideas that the world-class scientists and engineers of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering are pioneering. Searching for solutions at molecular levels, IME researchers, in partnership with scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, are tackling some of the world’s most intractable problems in human health, environment and energy. Their work promises to enhance society and redefine industries—from micro-electronics and computing to manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

Join IME experts for a series of short talks about their work. An audience Q&A will follow.

Speakers will address the following questions:

  • What future technologies will quantum science make possible?
  • Does immunotherapy hold the key to curing cancer?
  • What new devices and technologies will self-assembling materials make possible and how might they boost manufacturing?
  • How will the explosion in data analytics and promising new nanotechnologies help improve quality of life and access to food, clean water and energy?

Cost: Free

Featuring:

  • Matthew Tirrell, Dean and Pritzker Director, Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago; Deputy Laboratory Director for Science, Argonne National Laboratory
  • David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor, Institute for Molecular Engineering and the College, Deputy Director, Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago
  • Supratik Guha, Professor in Molecular Engineering, Institute for Molecular Engineering and the College, The University of Chicago; Director, Nanoscience and Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Paul Nealey, Brady W. Dougan Professor, Institute for Molecular Engineering and the College, The University of Chicago
  • Melody Swartz, William B. Ogden Professor, Institute for Molecular Engineering and the College, The University of Chicago

Location:
Performance Hall
Logan Center for the Arts
The University of Chicago
915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL