CCMR 2023 Next Gen Research & Professional Development Talks

Over the summer, the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) offers lunch-n-lectures for all the Cornell REU interns. They are all listed below. Please note the three that are MANDATORY and get those on your calendar especially.

Also! I am paying for your lunch at each of these events whether you attend or not, so it's best to attend and get a free lunch and learn about some interesting research too.

Finally, all the Next Gen Talks take place in 700 Clark Hall on Thursday at 12:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 15th in 700 Clark Hall, 12:00-1:00pm

Materials Discovery for Future Semiconductor Technologies
Prof. Judy Cha, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

To combat climate change, efficient energy use is just as important as renewable energy and reduction of green-house gases. In this regard, semiconductor technologies must become more energy efficient as they account for nearly 1/5 of total global electricity usage. In this talk, I will discuss the vital role materials discovery plays to realize future semiconductor technologies that can work faster at larger scale, and with less energy. This is an exciting time for such research. With the passing of the 2022 CHIPS Act, $240 billion have so far been pledged from the U.S. government and semiconductor industry, with a projected need of 300,000 engineers in the United States by 2030.

Thursday, June 22nd in 700 Clark Hall, 12:00-1:00pm

Chirality Magic from Magic Sized Clusters
Prof. Richard D. Robinson, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

Chiral nanomaterials have emerged as a captivating research field at the intersection of nanoscience and chirality. These intriguing nanostructures possess unique properties stemming from their inherent structural asymmetry, paving the way for unprecedented applications in diverse areas such as quantum sciences, catalysis, electronics, photonics, and medicine. I’ll discuss the basics of chirality and nanoparticles, and then delve deeper into the fascinating realm of magic-sized clusters (MSC) and their extraordinary chiroptic properties.


Thursday, July 13th in 700 Clark Hall, 12:00-1:00pm


Prof. David Muller, Dept. of Applied and Engineering Physics

Starting from a case study of scientific misconduct, the Hendrik Schön case at Bell Labs, where Prof. David Muller was working that the time, the human and intellectual cost of scientific misconduct will be discussed in a group setting. The workshop will also discuss how scientists can give back to society—issues ranging from choosing research that is meaningful to conveying science to the government and society at large.

Monday, July 24th in 700 Clark Hall, 12:00pm – 1:30pm


Graduate School: A View from the Trenches
Anitra Douglas-McCarthy, Assistant Dean for Access and Recruitment

Current Cornell graduate students and faculty will present a forum on graduate school. Topics of discussion will include:
• Is graduate school for you?
• Career possibilities in materials
• Tips and tricks for graduate school admissions

Thursday, July 27 in 700 Clark Hall: (Note longer time range) 12:00pm – 1:15pm


Scientific Presentations with Prof. Melissa Hines

All students will attend an interactive workshop on public speaking and scientific presentation. Topics covered include: how to improve your communication skills, how to give a presentation that effectively illustrates the focus of your research, and how to avoid common pitfalls.


Thursday, August 3rd in 700 Clark Hall, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Electronically Integrated Autonomous Microscopic Robots
Prof. Itai Cohen, Departments of Physics and Design Technology

What would we be able to do if we could build electronically integrated machines at a scale of 100 microns? At this scale, semiconductor devices are small enough that we could put the computational power of the spaceship Voyager onto a machine that could be injected into the body. Such robots could have on board detectors, power sources, and processors that enable them to sense, interact, and control their local environment. In this talk I will describe several cutting-edge technologies we are developing to achieve this vision.


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