Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Quantum and Brain Sciences

Hongkun Park, Harvard University
Bowen Hall Auditorium
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:30pm

In my laboratory, we develop new nanoscale materials and tools to address wide-ranging problems in the physical and life sciences, spanning quantum information processing, plasmonics, nano-bio interfacing, and single-cell sequencing. In this presentation, I will describe our recent efforts based on two nanoscale structures – atomically thin semiconductors and metallic nanoneedles. First, I will discuss how we improve the optoelectronic properties of atomically thin semiconductors and use them to realize solid-state quantum optoelectronic devices. Next, I will discuss our efforts to combine nanoscale electrodes to CMOS electronics to realize a new tool that enables massively parallel, high-fidelity interrogations of brain and heart cells. These examples illustrate how new nanoscale structures and tools open up new lines of scientific inquiries.
Hongkun Park is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and a Professor of Physics at Harvard University. He is also an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and an affiliate member of the Harvard Quantum Optics Center, Harvard Center for Brain Science, and Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He serves as an associate editor of Nano Letters and a member of the Editorial Board of Chemical Science, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and World Technology Network. Awards and honors that Hongkun Park has received include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Ho-Am Foundation Prize in Science, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the NIH Director's Pioneer Award, and the US DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship.