Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Natural Sciences & Mathematics at UT Dallas Nanostructured Solids: From Nano-glasses to Quantum Transistors Thursday, Dec 8
(11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Science and Technology Nanjing


ABSTRACT: Nano-glasses are a new class of nano-structured non-crystalline materials. They consist of nanometer-sized clusters that are connected by non-crystalline regions with a new atomic arrangement that was discovered in nano-glasses. By varying the sizes and/or the chemical compositions of the glassy clusters, non-crystalline materials with a similar variety of structures and properties can be generated that are available today in the various crystalline materials which provide the basis for today’s technologies. A subgroup of nano-structured glassy or crystalline solids are solids the properties of which are controlled by nanometer spaced solid/liquid interfaces. Due to the high density (~ 1015 mm-3 ) of nano-scale solid/liquid interfaces, the entire material becomes a solid of macroscopic dimensions with tunable mechanical, electric, magnetic etc. properties. One group of materials that belong to this class of materials are nanometer-sized clusters embedded in an aqueous electrolyte. By varying the boundary conditions for the formation of these clusters, the size, the shape and the electronic structure of these clusters can be switched reversibly so that switchable quantum transistors forming spontaneously are obtained. In summary it seems that in the future the technological application of nano-glasses and /or nano-structured solids may open the way to a world of new technologies (a “glass age”) based on the use different nano-glasses and /or other nanostructured solids. BIOGRAPHY: Professor Herbert Gleiter is Director of the Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience of Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Institute Professor and Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He founded the fields of nanocrystalline materials (1979) and nano-glasses (1989) and has been an inspirational leader of major institutes. The Institute of New Materials he founded in 1987 resulted in 34 start-up companies and over 1800 new jobs in Germany, and was ranked 1 and 3 for contributions to research and to the economy of Germany, respectively. In 1994 he became President of Germany’s largest National Laboratory. He has received 44 prestigious national and international prizes and awards, 7 fellowships and honorary memberships in societies, 7 honorary doctorate degrees, and has 330 refereed publications, with over 21,745 citations, and 8 issued patents (3 in the US). Gleiter is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of Germany, the European Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Indian National Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. 

Biological Sciences Seminar by Dr. Prasanth Kannanganattu, Associate Professor, The School of Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of Illinois Thursday, Dec 8
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

Fall 2016 SEMINAR SERIES for the Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. K V Prasanth will present

Seminar title "Role of long noncoding RNAs in cell cycle progression and cancer"

Reception at 3:45 p.m.

Nonlinear Analysis and Dynamics Seminar by Lakmi Niwanti Friday, Dec 9
(3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Lakmi Niwanti

Stability of global solutions of Moreau sweeping processes

We develop a theory which allows making qualitative conclusions about the dynamics of both monotone and non-monotone Moreau sweeping processes. We first show that any sweeping processes with monotone right-hand-sides admits a globally exponentially stable solution defined on the entire real line. We prove that such a solution is almost periodic when the right-hand-side of the sweeping process is almost periodic in time. And then we describe the extent to which such a globally stable solution persists under non-monotone perturbations.

(2 p.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Yanping Chen

Graduate Program in Mathematics

December 13, 2016, 2:00 p.m., FO 2.610F


Title of Dissertation:



Student’s Supervising Committee:

John Zweck, Co-Chair

Matthew J. Goeckner, Co-Chair

Larry P. Ammann

Susan E. Minkoff

Lawrence J. Overzet