Dr. Carla Meledandri
University of Otago
Talk Title: Nanomaterials for Dental Applications: From Academic Innovation to Commercialisation,
Bio: Dr. Carla Meledandri is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago and a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2009 from Dublin City University and held a postdoctoral appointment at the same university before moving to New Zealand in late 2009. Her research is directed toward the use of colloid and surface chemistry techniques to develop new functional nanoscale materials. Carla is a co-founder of Silventum Limited, a spin-out company of the University of Otago focussed on innovative nanocomposite dental materials, and she currently serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer. She was the also the 2017 recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.
Professor Michael Dickey
North Carolina State University
Talk Title: Liquid Metals: A Unique Material for Colloidal and Interfacial Studies
Bio: Prof. Michael Dickey received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (1999) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (2006) under the guidance of Professor Grant Willson. From 2006-2008 he was a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. In August 2008, he joined the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University where he is currently an Alumni Distinguished Professor. He completed a sabbatical at Microsoft in 2016. He has been awarded many awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Sigma Xi Faculty Award, ASEE Southeastern Section New Faculty Research Award and Outstanding Teacher Award of NCSU. Michael’s research interests include patterning and actuating soft materials by studying and harnessing thin films, interfaces, and unconventional fabrication techniques.