Nanofiber Technology for Health and Environment


Nanofiber Technology for Health and Environment

Prof. Benjamin Chu
Departments of Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Stony Brook University


The fabrication of nanofibers can be accomplished by using a variety of methods, including electro-spinning and a combination of chemical/mechanical processes, especially for cellulose, as a form of green sustainable resource material. Non-woven nanofiber mats have unique properties, such as interconnected pores, a very large surface-to-volume ratio, and a high capacity for surface modifications, making such scaffolds useful for many biomedical and industrial applications.

Safe drinking water is a resource that shall soon require considerable attention. Large scale production capability has to be taken into account. In the present context, advances in electro-spinning and related technologies become important.

We can take advantage of unique breakthroughs in chemical modifications and physical scale-up transformations to drastically improve filtration membrane development and in nanofiber fabrications by means of electro-spinning to yield more complex structures with predesigned properties in order to provide new approaches for applications of benefits to society. The potential use of nanofibrous scaffolds for environment (water purification) and health (anti-adhesion, gene delivery, etc.), if time permits applications are presented.


Speaker Background

Benjamin Chu is a Distinguished Professor of Stony Brook University in the Departments of Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include (a) Deformation-Induced Polymer Crystallization; (b) Polymer Nanocomposites; and (c) Nanofibers for Biomedical & Environmental Applications, including Gene and Drug Delivery, Water Purification, and Tissue Engineering. He has authored over 650 publications with 40 patents and patent applications. He has been with Stony Brook since 1968, having previously earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1959.

Prof. Chu has served on the editorial boards of several journal publications in the fields of polymer science, including Macromolecules, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, and Journal of Polymer Science Part B (Polymer Physics).  Among the many honors he has received include being named an Honorary Member of the Society of Polymer Science in Japan, an Honorary Professorship from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, the High Polymer Physics Prize from the American Physical Society, a Humboldt Award for Senior American Scientists, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowhip.  A full C.V may be foundhere.



Saturday, March 2


Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park Mountain View, CA  94043
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6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture


Employed/postdoc Student/unemployed/retired
Early Registration - Up to 7 days in advance of deadline $30 $15
Registration - Up to deadline $35 $20
After deadline/walk-in (Availability NOT guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free.


We accept cash or checks, but are unable to accept payment by credit card at this time. Payment is taken at the door.  No-shows are responsible for full payment of registration fee.


Please register on the web page or contact:
David Olmeijer

phone: 415-509-8948

Deadline for registration:

5PM, Friday, February 22 for early registration discount
5PM, Friday, March 1 for registration (or until venue has reached capacity.)

Dinner Selection:

Broiled Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc
Chicken Picatta
Spinach and Cheese Tortellini

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Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.