27th AACGE Western Section
Conference on Crystal Growth & Epitaxy
Stanford Sierra Camp, Fallen Leaf Lake, CA
June 12-15, 2022
Sessions & Invited Speakers

Biological and Biomimetic Materials
Session Chairs: Andrea Merg (UC Merced), Chun Long Chen (PNNL& U. Washington), and David Kisailus (UC Irvine) 

This session focuses on crystallization of biological/biomimetic materials as well as self-assembly mechanisms. This includes, but will not be limited to: assembly and/or function of organic (e.g., polysaccharides, proteins, peptides, peptoids, DNA and RNA, and synthesized polymers) materials, and nucleation, growth and phase transformations of inorganic component in biological/ biomimetic materials as well as their subsequent impact on performance. In addition, interactions at the inorganic-organic interface, biomimetic/bioinspired syntheses as well as modeling of crystallization in these systems will be discussed. In this highly interdisciplinary session, state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical approaches will be discussed and thereby bridge the understanding of fundamental principles and the possibilities for various applications. 

Seung-Wuk Lee, University of California, Berkeley, "Bio-inspired Self-templating Material Assembly and Applications"

Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Rice University, "Programming Cells to Assemble Ordered Living Materials"

Yi Lu, University of Texas at Austin, "Discovery and elucidation of genetic codes for DNA-mediated synthesis of metal nanoparticles with controlled morphologies and their applications"

Masaki Uchida, California State University, "Self-assembly of virus-like particles into ordered three-dimensional protein arrays"

Energy and Environmental Materials
Session Chairs: Chinmayee Subban (PNNL& U. Washington), Yu Huang (UCLA) and Jun Liu (U. Washington & PNNL)

In this session, we will discuss the nucleation, growth, and morphological evolution of functional materials (e.g. metals, metal oxides, perovskites and metal-organic frameworks) across scales. Materials with potential applications in energy storage, catalysis, water treatment, and environmental remediation will be considered. Topics ranging from crystallization at interfaces (electrode/solution, substrate/solution and membrane/solution), to structure-property relationships and in-device performance will be discussed. Also of interest are in operando characterization methods, state-of-the-art experimental techniques, and theoretical, simulation and machine learning approaches to establish connection between formation mechanism and performance in these functional materials.


Morgan Stefik, University of South Carolina, Ultrafast Energy Storage "Using Nanoscale Oxides Spanning from Amorphous to Crystalline"

Xiuling Li, University of Texas at Austin, "Selective area growth of III-V nanowires on Silicon by MOCVD"

Liane Moreau, Washington State University, "Synthesis and X-ray spectroscopic characterization of uranium oxide at the nanoscale"

Yu Huang, University of California Los Angeles, "Understanding the Nanoscale Structure-Function Relation in Pt Alloy ORR Catalysts"

Hui (Claire) Xiong, Boise State University, "Electrochemically-induced Amorphous to Crystalline Transformation in Niobium Oxide Electrodes for Lithium-ion Batteries"

Fundamentals of Crystallization
Session Chairs: Peter Vekilov (U Houston), Chris Orme (LLNL) and Jeff Derby (U. Minnesota) 

This session addresses nucleation, crystal growth, phase transformation, and particle assembly processes from theoretical, experimental, and computational perspectives. Specific interests include the free-energy landscape that defines the thermodynamic preference for crystal structure, shape, and size distribution, dynamic processes, such as species diffusion and other transport processes, that determine growth kinetics, the association/dissociation between crystallization species and solvents, and the connection between interfacial properties and growth. Processes of interest include inorganic and organic bulk crystallization from liquid-phase solutions and melts, as well as crystal growth on 2D interfaces or in confined spaces.


Jeffrey Derby, University of Minnesota, "Analysis Of Single-Crystal Diamond Growth Via HPHT"

Bart Kahr, New. York. University, "Helicoidal Crystal Growth and Charge Transport"

Luis Zepeda-Ruiz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, "How to calculate nucleation parameters from atomistic simulations"

Bret Flanders, Kansas State University, "Ion Heating and Rate Enhancement by Stochastic Electric Fields"

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