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NUANCE Organization Structure


NUANCE Center Administrative Staff


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Prof. Vinayak P. Dravid
NUANCE Center Director; Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Office: Cook Hall, #1133
email
(847) 467-1363



Vinayak Dravid is the founding director of the NUANCE Center, an award-winning microscopy and surface science research facility used annually by hundreds of researchers from across myriad scientific fields.  He provides leadership of the NUANCE Center: in addition to leading his own active research group. He oversees the administrative and technical functions of the Center.

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Chad Goeser
Associate Center Administrator

Office: Cook Hall, #1083
email
(847) 467-2318

 

Chad manages NUANCE business operations, including: appointment, payroll & visa processing, billing, budgeting, equipment purchasing and administering facilities maintenance. He works with various Northwestern administrative units on all aspects of operational analysis and reporting.

Ben Myers

Dr. Ben Myers
Director of Operations 

Office: Technical Institute, JG-14
email
(847) 467-1081

 

Dr. Myers works to connect external users with fabrication, analysis and characterization resources within SHyNE facilities. He ensures alignment of project technical requirements with SHyNE capabilities and facilitates project execution. Dr. Myers also coordinates SHyNE activities both internally and within the larger NNCI network.

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Young Kasarski
Financial Administrator

Office: Hogan Hall, #5-146
email
(847) 467-1128



Young's responsibilities include financial transactions, reporting and reconciliation, contracts management, capital procurement, and financial onboarding/monitoring of external accounts. She prepares periodic account and statistical data and works with the Center Administrator on various reporting, auditing, and budgeting practices.

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Katy Dean
Outreach Coordinator

Office: Cook Hall, #2036
email
(847) 467-3144



Katy coordinates NUANCE's outreach activities and online presence. She is the point person for NUANCE’s many events, workshops, lectures and tours in addition to managing NUANCE's website, social media, and video platforms.

Elise Beck

Elise Beck
Program Assistant

Office: Cook Hall, #1131
email
(847) 491-1580



Elise facilitates daily operations as well as provide administrative support to the Director of NUANCE.





NUANCE Center Advisory Committee

HersamProf. Mark C. Hersam
Bette and Neison Harris Chair in Teaching Excellence
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Materials Research Science and Engineering (MRSEC)

Office: Cook Hall, #1017A
email
(847) 491-2696

Nanomaterials for Electronics, Sensing, and Energy

The Hersam Research Group applies the fundamental paradigm of materials science and engineering (i.e., the development of structure-property-processing-performance relationships) to hybrid hard and soft materials at the nanometer length scale. In many cases, the objective is to apply organic molecules to inorganic substrates in an effort to increase the functionality of the resulting hybrid system (e.g., silicon-based molecular electronics and graphene-based sensing). In other instances, an experimental technique that was originally developed for inorganic materials is adapted for the study of organic or biological systems (e.g., probing ion channels and organic photovoltaic devices using conductive atomic force microscopy).

This highly interdisciplinary research is enabled by a sophisticated suite of instrumentation including ultra-high vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and additional equipment for studying the electrical and optical properties of materials.

Ongoing research projects range from fundamental studies (e.g., single molecule spectroscopy with UHV STM) to applied technology development (e.g., optimization of carbon nanotube and graphene materials for electronic and optical devices).

Overall, this research has wide impact in the fields of information technology, energy technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

MarksProf. Tobin J. Marks
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalyic Chemistry

Office: Cook Hall, #1017A
email
(847) 491-5658


Among the themes of Prof. Marks' research are synthetic organo-f-element and early-transition metal organometallic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, molecule-based photonic materials, superconductivity, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, and biological aspects of transition metal chemistry. 

He earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1966 and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1971 in Inorganic Chemistry. He has received American Chemical Society National Awards in Polymeric Materials, 1983; Organometallic Chemistry, 1989; Inorganic Chemistry, 1994; Chemistry of Materials, 2001; Distinguished Service in Inorganic Chemistry, 2008; Organic Chemistry (Cope Senior Scholar), 2010; and Catalysis (Somorjai), 2013. He also received the 2000 American Chemical Society Cotton Medal; 2001 American Chemical Society Willard Gibbs Medal; 2001 N. American Catalysis Society Burwell Award; 2001 American Chemical Society Linus Pauling Medal; 2002 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal; 2003 German Chemical Society Karl Ziegler Prize; 2004 Royal Society of Chemistry Frankland Medal, and 2005 American Chemical Society Bailar Medal. More recently, in April 2016, Prof. Marks was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in Washington, D.C., received the 2015 Luigi Sacconi Medal, and won the 2015 Materials for Industry-Derek Birchall Award for his work on industrial application of new organic, inorganic and hybrid materials for electronics and photonics.

He also received Doctor of Science degrees honoris causa, from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2011, the University of South Carolina in 2011, and the Ohio State University in 2012.

Erik Luijten

Prof. Erik Luijten

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, and (by courtesy) Physics and Astronomy

Chair of Materials Science and Engineering

Office: Cook Hall, #2045
email
(847) 491-5658


Prof. Luijten's research focuses on the statistical mechanics and thermodynamics of materials, with a strong emphasis on complex fluids, such as polymeric systems, colloids, electrolytes, and active matter. These systems are studied predominantly by means of computer simulations, through which we aim to realize our primary goals: First, to understand experimentally observed phenomena from the underlying microscopic features of a system, and second, to test the predictive value of analytic theories describing these systems. The insight thus gained allows the prediction of yet unknown properties of materials and the design of new materials.

Current research projects concern problems in self-assembly (from colloidal materials to nanoparticles for drug delivery), self-organization, charge transport in electrolytes, programmable and active matter, and dielectric materials.

Despite the steady increase in available computer power, many of these problems hover on the verge of what is feasible. Therefore, in order to obtain scientifically worthwhile results within an acceptable time frame, it is essential to employ state-of-the-art techniques. We take an active interest in the development of new methodologies, both simulation techniques and advanced approaches to data analysis. Notable advances have been achieved in the development of Monte Carlo algorithms for systems with long-range interactions and systems containing components with large size disparities; in both cases, our methods accelerate the simulations by many orders of magnitude. Important recent advances also include highly efficient methods for dynamic dielectric materials and electrokinetic pheno.

MarksProf. SonBinh T. Nguyen

Department of Chemistry
2145 Sheridan Rd.
email

(847) 467-3347

Francesca CasadioFrancesca Casadio

Executive Director of Conservation and Science at the Art Institute of Chicago

Founder & co-director of the Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts

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Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in July 2003 as the Museum's first A. W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist and founding member of the scientific research laboratory. In January 2018 she was named the Grainger Executive Director of Conservation and Science: in this capacity she leads a team of over thirty specialists for objects, paintings, frames, works on paper, photographs, books, other printed materials, textiles, time-based media, and scientific research. Francesca received her PhD and MS degrees in Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy. She is also the founder and co-Director of the Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS). Casadio has authored and edited several publications in the scientific and conservation literature, including edited books and essays in museum catalogs. She’s passionate about communicating the work of conservators and scientists to the public, students, and the media. In 2006 she was the recipient of the L’Oréal Art and Science of Color Silver Prize.