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2022 IIN Symposium

Celebrating 20 Years of Big Thinking at the Nanoscale – VIDEOS AVAILABLE

Since 2001, the IIN Symposium has been one of the world’s premier events for students, researchers, and others interested in the latest advances in nanotechnology.

This year was no exception, with 16 world-renowned speakers giving TED-style talks illuminating the exciting ways that nanotechnology is being used to address societal concerns.

If you missed the symposium or would just like to revisit one of the talks, please click on any of the Session Titles below.

Speakers & Topics

Welcoming Remarks
Chad Mirkin, Director, International Institute for Nanotechnology
Milan Mrksich, Vice President for Research

Session I Nanotechnology’s Importance to the World and Northwestern

Vinayak Dravid
Abraham Harris Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Director, NU Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

Teri Odom
Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemistry

Session II Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine

Guillermo Ameer
Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Surgery
Director, Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering and Regenerative Engineering Training Program

Samuel Stupp
Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science, Chemistry, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology

Session III Nanotechnology and Cancer

Priya Kumthekar
Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine

Alexander Stegh
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Research Director, Brain Tumor Center, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University

Session IV Nanotechnology and Human Performance

John Rogers
Louis Simpson & Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics

Shuai “Steve” Xu
Ruth K. Frenkel, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Director of Medical Research, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics

Session V Nanotechnology Mimicking Living Systems

Monica Olvera de la Cruz
Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Center for Computation & Theory of Soft Materials

George Schatz
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering

Session VI Nanotechnology for Air and Water Security

William Dichtel
Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry

Omar Farha
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry

Session VII Artificial Intelligence in Nanotechnology

Randall Snurr
John G. Searle Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Chair, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

Chris Wolverton
Jerome B. Cohen Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Session VIII – Presentations by the Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine and Kabiller Rising Star Award Winners

Natalie Artzi, Kabiller Rising Star Award winner
“Nanotechnology and the Promise of Immunotherapy”

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Principal Research Scientist, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, MIT

David Walt, $250,000 Kabiller Prize winner
“Discovery, Scale, and Impact”
Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Support from our sponsors makes it possible to offer this event to all attendees at no charge.

Benefits include recognition on-site at the symposium and during the online broadcast, as well as exhibit opportunities and messaging to all symposium attendees.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor for the 2023 IIN Symposium, please review the sponsorship prospectus and contact Mark Heiden.

Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

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2022 IIN Symposium

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Date & Time:
Thu, October 27, 2022
8:30 am - 5:20 pm
Registration Required
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Evanston, IL
Superstructure for neuron growth. Photo by Alexandra Edelbrock and Tristan Clemons (Samuel I. Stupp Laboratory / Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology)