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2017 CCMR Symposium • Ithaca, NY

120 Physical Sciences Building (PSB), Cornell University

 Friday June 16 8:00AM-6:00PM – Saturday June 17 8:00AM-11:30AM


Invited Speakers:    Dr. Robert J. Lang, Robert Lang Origami; Dr. Radislav Potyrailo, GE Global Research; Dr. Peter Trefonas, The Dow Chemical Company; Prof. John Crocker, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania; Prof. John Hart, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Prof. Larry L. Howell, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University; Dr. Marc Miskin, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University; and Prof. Jiwoong Park, Chemistry, The University of Chicago.

Atomic Origami: a Technology Platform for Nanoscale Machines, Sensors, and Robots?

What would we be able to do if we could build micron-scale machines that sense, interact, and control their micro environment? Can we develop a Moore’s law for the construction of such sensors, actuators, and robots?

A CCMR team has developed a class of nanoscale origami-inspired materials to meet this objective. Building on the work of a number of groups around the world, the team uses 2D lithography and atomic membranes to create active 3D structures. These 3D systems can be integrated with electronics, optics, and chemical sensing to create a new generation of 3D machines with the potential for large scale lithographic fabrication.

The goal of this symposium is to (i) introduce the community to these origami-inspired techniques, (ii) form connections with industrial collaborators interested in pursuing technologies that enable mass fabrication of such devices, and (iii) explore potential applications, including:

Medical device miniaturization

Chemical sensing (lab on an origami sheet)

Distributed sensing at the micron scale

Active additives for control of fluid properties

Cellular scale instrumentation

A one-day Symposium (June 16) will be followed by a morning workshop on June 17, 2017.

The Saturday June 17 workshop is only open to speakers, industry attendees including ICP and JumpStart partners, Student winners (see the program), and Cornell Faculty members.   It will consist of 2 breakout sessions.  The first breakout brainstorming session will focus on applications in biology, medical devices, sensors, materials additives, robotics etc. The second breakout brainstorming session will focus on how to “Get there”analyzing proof of concept milestones, enabling technologies, new materials etc.


16junallday2017 CCMR Symposium • Ithaca, NY Event Organized By: Cornell Center for Materials Research - Michèle van de Walle