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2017 Kilpatrick Lecture: Sensor Science & Technology

The 2017 Kilpatrick Lecture is on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hermann Hall Ballroom on the IIT Mies (Main) Campus. This annual event is a celebration of Martin and Mary Kilpatrick, who were outstanding researchers and educators in our department.

The theme of this year's talks is “Sensor Science and Technology.” Sensors convert real-world data into readily accessible information that benefits society and improves quality of life through a cleaner environment, safer food, more efficient energy usage, and earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of diseases. Sensor development is exciting, dynamic, and highly interdisciplinary, encompassing chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, signal processing, and electronics. We are pleased to have three distinguished speakers on this theme:

Eric V. Anslyn of the University of Texas at Austin will speak on “Mimicking the Senses of Taste and Smell” and provide an analysis of how organic chemistry can be used to mimic these senses through a union of designed receptors. The technique represents a marriage of supramolecular chemistry and pattern recognition protocols, resulting in a versatile artificial method that acts analogously to the mechanisms of taste and smell.

Rashid Bashir of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will speak on “BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Prospects.” A pioneer in the field of bionanotechnology, he will present his work on detection of T cells for diagnostics of HIV AIDs; development of a CBC (Complete Blood Cell) analysis on a chip; electrical detection of multiplexed nucleic acid amplification reactions; and detection of epigenetic markers on DNA.

Frances S. Ligler, jointly from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State, will speak on “Keys to Biosensor Sensitivity:  More than Affinity.” Drawing from biosensors developed in her lab over the last 30 years, she will provide examples of how manipulating elements increased (or decreased) sensitivity for target analytes detected in complex sample matrices.

Monday, April 10, 2017

2-5 p.m.
Reception and poster session exhibiting some of the ongoing chemistry research at Illinois Tech to follow lectures. 

Hermann Hall—Ballroom
3241 South Federal 
Chicago, IL 60616

Monday, April 3, 2017
Lauren Shelby: 312.567.5030 |

Parking is available in Lot A4-North for the Kilpatrick Lecture.
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