Talks on advanced material science and synthetic biotechnology


In order to promote academic exchanges with top-ranking universities and establish a wide interdisciplinary research network, Research and Graduate Studies Office presents two talks on advanced material science and synthetic biotechnology by invited speakers from University of California, Los Angeles. The event is opened to XJTLU staff and student, also external guests.


2:30 - 3:30pm

  • Super-strong Light Metals by Populous Dispersed Nano-elements
  • Speaker: Professor Xiaochun Li
  • Abstract: Light metals are widely considered as green materials with tremendous potential to improve energy efficiency and system performance for numerous applications. However, conventional processing methods have reached limits in further improving the properties of magnesium. Our recent study shows that a remarkable enhancement of strength, stiffness, plasticity and high temperature stability can be achieved in light metals by populous dispersed nano-elements (e.g. nanoparticles and nano-platelets), delivering the super-high specific strength and modulus. Unprecedented uniform dispersion of high volume fractions of nanoelemtns is successfully achieved in light metal matrices. This approach of populous nanoparticle dispersion and strengthening paves a new way to enhance the performance of light metals to meet energy and sustainability challenges in today’s society.

3:30 - 3:45pm

  • Tea break

3:45 - 4:45pm

  • Application of Synthetic Biology on Biomedical Engineering
  • Speaker: Professor Yixin Huo
  • Abstract: This presentation will review the successful cases of biological production of value-added chemicals, and discuss the challenges of developing cost-efficient and scalable processes based on sustainable feedstocks. Rising feedstock costs, moderate crude oil prices, and other macroeconomic factors have casted a shadow over many traditional fermentation industries (e.g. bio-ethanol, biopolymers). Overcoming the obstacles for sustainable and cost-efficient biological production will require interdisciplinary and integrated approaches including the application of system biology, metabolic engineering, genetic engineering, and bioinformatics approaches. The speaker’s projects aim at combining state-of-the art technologies with sustainable low-cost feedstocks, and leveraging innovative production processes toward biomedical engineering.