2017 STAMI Industrial Partners Day and Exposition

This two-day gathering is intended to allow members of the Center for the Science and Technology of Advanced Materials and Interfaces (STAMI) and their industry partners to engage in open discussions and exchange ideas. The goals are for STAMI to gather feedback on the the research it conducts, for STAMI students to make connections with industry, and for industry partners to familiarize themselves with STAMI's expertise in materials research. 

Harvard University Professor George M. Whitesides will present a keynote address to the meeting attendees on Oct. 19, titled “Electron Transfer across Self-Assembled Monolayers.”

This talk will describe the development and use of a junction (the “EGaIn” junction) based on insulating self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) sandwiched between two metal electrodes—one usually gold or silver, and the other a low-melting liquid eutectic alloy of gallium and indium—and the use of these systems to study mechanisms of electron transfer by tunneling across them. This talk characterizes this junction as a tool that is exceptionally useful in physical-organic studies of charge (hole) transport by tunneling through organic molecules, and describes the emerging picture of tunneling of charge through organic insulators that emerges from these studies.

Whitesides will give a Frontiers in Science public lecture for the Georgia Tech community on Oct. 20 in Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons at 3:30-4:30 PM.

Titled "Accessible Bioanalysis for the Developing World and the Point of Care," this talk will describe bioanalytical/medical methods designed for use in resource-limited environments, for public health, at the point of care, and in related applications in food and water safety, forensics, and others. These methods include paper diagnostics, density-based methods (magnetic levitation and two-phase polymer systems), electrochemistry, and cell-phone based methods. The program also asks what strategies in academic research will be most successful in translating results from university bench science into real solutions to problems in health in the hands of users, and who else must be involved in this translation.

Whitesides is one of the most influential chemists alive today. He is best known for his work in NMR spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, molecular self-assembly, soft lithography, microfabrication, microfluidics, and nanotechnology. He is a prolific author and patent holder who has received many awards. An accomplished public speaker, he has delivered several TED Talk lectures. 

Faculty, staff, and students should register here.

Industry participants should contact Sharon Lawrence.


  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
    • Keynote Address: George M. Whitesides
    • Introduction to STAMI Centers
    • Brainstorming Lunch: Odyssey of the Mind
    • Faculty presentations, posters, refreshments
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
    • Industry presentations and/or roundtables
    • Meetings with faculty and students
    • George M. Whitesides Public Lecture in Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, 3:30-4:30 PM

Event Details


  • Thursday, 2017, October 19 - 12:00am to Friday, 2017, October 20 - 12:00am

Academy of Medicine, 875 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30309

Free but registration is required.

For More Information Contact

Sharon Lawrence
Research Operations Program Manager, STAMI
(404) 894-4040