Seminar Series Spring 2018
In this seminar, I will discuss the apparent correlation between impact – whether academic, technological, or scientific – and simple solutions. While defining “simplicity” is a notoriously poorly defined problem that is maybe more suited to philosophy than science, defining “simple solutions” can be, we contend, done effectively and more importantly usefully: i.e., it can be defined in a way that facilitates its pursuit. For example, simple solutions can be defined in terms of their potential virtues, e.g., low cost, reliability, and “stackability” (i.e., they can be combined and compounded with little increase in complexity). If you believe that impact is correlated with “simple solutions” and that we now have a useful way to define them, the question becomes “how do we pursue them?” While simple solutions can be easily distinguished when first used, it is notoriously hard, especially in research, to devise a systematic approach to pursuing them. Over the past 5 years, we have been interested in developing simple solutions for materials science or through materials science: we have witnessed first-hand the difficulty of this task and our experience might be valuable to those that have similar interests. In this talk, I will therefore describe what we have learned about the pursuit of simple solutions by discussing examples (published and unpublished) of simple solutions from our own laboratory concerning five problems of general scientific and technological interest.
Ludovico Cademartiri obtained a Laurea degree in Materials Science from the University of Parma in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2008 with Geoffrey A. Ozin. Dr. Cademartiri was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of George M. Whitesides at Harvard University. His work spans materials chemistry, physical chemistry, molecular electronics, flame manipulation, plasma processing, polymers, and environments‐by‐design. Dr. Cademartiri has been recognized by national and international awards, most recently the Beckman Young Investigator Award and the Plant Science Institute Faculty Fellow Award. Dr. Cademartiri has been at Iowa State University since 2012
Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 3:30 PM in Burson 115 Refreshments served at 3:15 PM