Virtual Seminar Series - 3 p.m. EDT, Wednesday April 8 - Milad Abolhasani

Wed Apr 8 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Milad Abolhasani
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
North Carolina State University

"Accelerated Materials Development in Flow: Convergence of Flow Chemistry, Machine Learning, and Colloidal Synthesis"

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Understanding and controlling mass transport spanning across multiple phases and drastically different length scales can enable process intensification in chemical processes toward accelerated discovery, optimization, and manufacturing of specialty/fine chemicals. This seminar will focus on recent intensified flow chemistry technologies developed in our research group for autonomous parameter space exploration and optimization of solution-phase chemical processes. First, I will discuss the importance of microscale mixing time in flow reactors to control optoelectronic properties of colloidal quantum dots (QDs). Next, I will present a self-driving modular nanocrystal factory for on-demand bandgap tuning and continuous manufacturing of colloidal QDs. I will also discuss a microfluidic strategy for facile synthesis of organic/inorganic microparticles with tunable morphologies as catalyst scaffold for continuous green manufacturing of fine chemicals. Finally, I will present a membrane-based flow reactor for accelerated fundamental and applied studies of switchable solvents.


Milad Abolhasani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University. He received his Ph.D. degree (2014) from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining NC State University, he was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT (2014-2016). Dr. Abolhasani leads a diverse research group that studies flow chemistry strategies tailored toward accelerated development and manufacturing of materials. To meet these goals, his research group studies fundamentals of process intensification and microscale transport phenomena using microreaction engineering concepts and principles of smart manufacturing. Dr. Abolhasani has received numerous awards and fellowships including NSF CAREER Award, ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, AIChE Futures, and Emerging Investigator recognitions from the journals Lab on a Chip, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, and Journal of Flow Chemistry.

About the Series:

During the academic term, the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering hosts regular research seminars, in which distinguished researchers are invited to speak about their work.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Georgia Tech is leading a "Virtual Seminar Series" in collaboration with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

These moderated webinars will provide an opportunity for students and faculty at Georgia Tech and other institutions to interact with distinguished researchers remotely. Students from other institutions are also invited to attend the series, providing an opportunity for institutes across the nation to continue their seminars and interact with each other.