Distinguished Speaker Series Continues with Wonders in Two Dimensions

Distinguished Speaker Series

The College of Sciences’ Distinguished Speaker Series continued in January with an intriguing talk hosted by Dr. Tony Heinz.  Dr. Heinz gave his exciting presentation entitled Wonders in Two Dimensions: Looking at Graphene and Beyondon Wednesday, January 11 at Cocina214.   Approximately 40 guests attended and enjoyed food & drink while listening to Dr. Heinz’ intriguing presentation.

He spoke about the special properties of graphene and illustrated some of the diverse emerging applications, from touch-screen displays to high-speed transistors.  Graphene is confirmed as the world’s strongest and lightest known material.  Graphene is the nanomaterial of the moment and has amazing properties. It’s the strongest, thinnest, stiffest, and most conductive substance known to date.

In addition, he discussed several recently discovered materials that exhibit characteristics quite different from graphene.  These materials have the ability to function as electrical insulators and to emit light efficiently, but they retain the strength and flexibility of graphene.

About the speaker

Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. Tony Heinz

Tony F. Heinz is the David Ricky Professor in the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Heinz received a BS degree in Physics from Stanford University in 1978 and the PhD degree, also in Physics, from the University of California at Berkely in 1982. Heinz was subsequently at IBM Research Division in Yorktown Heights, NY, until he joined Columbia University in 1995. At Columbia, he has served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, as well as the Scientific Co-Director of the Columbia Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center and the Energy Frontier Research Center. In 2012, Heinz was the President of the Optical Society of America. He is a Fellow of the APS, OSA, and AVS and a recipient of the ICO Prize, the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, and the Senior Scientist Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

We thank Dr. Heinz for his visit and hope that he will frequent UCF as he gives future talks.


The next talks in our Distinguished Speaker Series:

Dr. Dan Canary, Professor of Communication at the University of Utah
“Managing Conflict Strategically in Personal Relationships”
Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP – http://www.cos.ucf.edu/dss/canary/
Please make sure to RSVP, spaces fill up quickly!

Barry Fisher, Senior Forensic Advisor for the US Department of Justice ICITAP
“CSI in Real Life: Realities of Modern Forensic Science”
Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP – http://www.cos.ucf.edu/dss/fisher
Please make sure to RSVP, spaces fill up quickly!


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