ARC Nanotechnology Network

Distinguished Lecturer Prof Charles Lieber


Bio: Charles M. Lieber holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, as the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at Harvard.  Lieber’s work has been recognized by a number of awards, including the IEEE Nanotechnology Pioneer Award (2013); Willard Gibbs Medal (2013); Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2012); ACS Inorganic Nanoscience Award (2009); NBIC Research Excellence Award, University of Pennsylvania (2007); Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award (2005); ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2004); World Technology Award in Materials (2004 and 2003); Scientific American 50 Award in Nanotechnology and Molecular Electronics (2003); APS McGroddy Prize for New Materials (2003); MRS Medal (2002); Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (2001); NSF Creativity Award (1996); and ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1992).  Lieber is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors, and Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, and American Physical Society.  He is Co-Editor of Nano Letters and serves on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of a large number of science and technology journals.  Lieber also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of Samsung Electronics.  He has published over 350 papers and is the principal inventor on more than 35 patents.  In his spare time, Lieber has been active in commercializing nanotechnology, and founded the nanotechnology company Nanosys, Inc. in 2001 and the nanosensor company Vista Therapeutics in 2007, and nucleated Nantero, Inc. from his laboratory in 2001.





“Nanowires, Nanoscience and Emerging Nanotechnologies” 


Abstract: Nanoscience offers the promise of driving revolutionary advances in many areas of science and technology, ranging from electronics and computing to biology and medicine, yet the realization of this promise depends critically on the rational development of unique nanoscale structures whose properties and/or function are controlled during materials synthesis. Here we highlight the power of semiconductor nanowires, which provide the capability for synthetic design to realize unprecedented structural and functional complexity in building blocks, as a platform material for exploring new science and technology. First, ‘chemical’ synthesis of complex modulated nanowires will be highlighted as a central material in nanoscience for enabling the bottom-up paradigm. Second, the concept of assembling a nanocomputer, first introduced by Feynm an in 1959, will be introduced, and then the advances made of the past 10+ years will be reviewed, with the culmination of recent breakthroughs of programmable nanoprocessor of unprecedented complexity. Last, advances and opportunities at the frontier between nanoelectronics and biology will be discussed with a focus on nanowire nanoelectronics for building interfaces to cells and tissues. Emerging opportunities for the creation of powerful new probes based on controlled synthesis and/or bottom-up assembly will be described, including nanowire probes capable of intracellular recording at scales heretofore not possible with existing electrophysiology techniques. Last, we will take a look ‘out-of-the-box’ and consider what the future might hold in terms of merging nanoelectronics with cell networks in three-dimensions to ‘synthesize’ ‘cyborg’ tissues. The prospects for blurring the distinction between nanoelectronic circuitry and living systems in the future will be highlighted.

Tour Details:


Canberra on Friday 7th February 2014

Location: ANU

Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre - Bld56, End of Mills Road, Acton

Time: 11.00am


University of New South Wales

Monday 10th February 2014

Time: 10.00am

Location: School, of Physics Lecture Theatre