Discovering of new more efficient materials has been a main driving force through technological époques. The Silicon age, for instance, has enabled much of the technology powering our smartphones, computers and increasingly more our decisions. In this presentation, I will discuss how the next generation of advanced materials is emerging to tackle two of the existential challenges of our generation: Healthcare and Energy.
Engineering of materials capable of personalized interaction with molecules, light and charge carriers is necessary to translate from a fossil fuel-powered society to a renewably powered and environmentally conscious global community, relying on carbon-free energy carriers like H2. Similarly, designing materials able to detect single-molecules in a minimally or non-invasive way, is a key step to the development of personalized medical treatments for prevention, early-stage detection, monitoring and precision medicine, with the potential to revolutionize the way we think and act to be healthy. I will conclude providing some key material challenges for the next generation of medical and energy technologies.
Antonio Tricoli is Professor of Materials Science at the Australian National University (ANU). He received his Bachelor and Master from ETH Zurich at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. He continued his studies at ETH Zurich attaining his PhD in Nanotechnology in 2010. He joined the ANU in 2012 supported by a Future Engineering Research Leader fellowship, where he established the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory. His group research focuses on the multi-scale engineering of electromaterials for application in Energy and Medical Diagnostics.
He is chair of the ANU Grand Challenge Our Health in Our Hands, a multidisciplinary strategic research program of the ANU. He is author of four book chapters and more than 100 scientific publications. His research contributions have been recognized with several awards including the 2010 HILTI Prize for the most innovative PhD thesis of ETH Zurich, an Australian Research Council Discover Early Career Award, and a WESTPAC Research Fellowship.