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Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture


26 September 2013

The multiple forms of silk - from ancient textile to future technology.

Invited speaker: Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto, Tufts University
Invited speaker: Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto, Tufts University

Silk, the millennia-old thread of luxury, offers unexpected and compelling options for use as a new material for technological applications.

The natural protein (fibroin) that composes the natural silk threads is extracted and used as the starting point for a biocompatible material platform with utility in photonics and electronics, ranging from nanoscale optical lattices to metamaterials, to electronic components. The unusual combination of properties found in this material platform (polymorphic, biocompatible, all-water-processed, controllably degradable, edible, biologically active) allow for an unusual combination of form and function, enabling a series of devices that bridge the biological and technological words.

This lecture will weave this thread across the multiple possibilities that silk offers from the nano- to the macro scale and describe a new way of looking at this familiar material.

Fiorenzo Omenetto is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and leads the laboratory for Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and Biophotonics at Tufts University and also holds an appointment in the Department of Physics. Formerly a J. Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining Tufts, his research interests cover optics, nanostructured materials (such as photonic crystals and photonic crystal fibres), nanofabrication, and biopolymer-based photonics. He has published over 100 papers and peer-review contributions across these various disciplines.

Since moving to Tufts at the end of 2005, he has proposed and pioneered (with David Kaplan) the use of silk as a material platform for photonics, optoelectronics and high-technology applications. This new research platform has been featured in MIT's Technology Review magazine as one of the 2010 "top ten technologies likely to change the world". He was named one of the top-50 people in tech by Fortune magazine in a class of 50 featuring Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Shigeru Miyamoto among others.

Event Details:

Date: Monday, 4 November 2013

Time: Lecture: 4.45 p.m. for 5 p.m. start | Reception: 6 - 7 p.m.

Venue: Eastern Avenue Complex, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney (Camperdown Campus).

Cost: Free and open to all with registration requested.

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The Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture series was established to honour and commemorate Dr Peter Domachuk's outstanding contribution and commitment to optofluidics and biophotonics research. Peter Domachuk joined the School of Physics in 2003 and brought enormous enthusiasm and energy to the School of Physics. His research is recognised globally with the successful publication of 36 journal papers; those papers having been cited more than 900 times. To honour him, the Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture was initiated by his parents in 2013 along with the collaboration of the School of Physics and the Faculty of Science and administered by the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS).

The biennial Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture will attract the brightest minds and visionary thinkers in Optical or Experimental Physics and bring them together with students, academics and researchers to engage on ideas that contribute to a better understanding and stimulate new and important lines of enquiry in Physics.


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