If interested in participating (as a speaker), please contact Antoine Wojdyla (awojdyla@lbl/gov) or Robert Streubel (streubel@lbl/gov)

March 2018: forum@MSD has morphed into forum@ESA (, to include early career scientists from all Energy Science Area (ESA) divisions: Advanced Light Source, Molecular Foundry, Chemical Science Division, Material Science Division.

Past events

September 27th, 2017 3-4pm in Building 66 Auditorium
In-situ Microscopy – introduction by Haimei Zheng (

With speakers Zhanxi Fan, Matt Hauwiller and Yu Wang

Forum@MSD with Haimei Zheng, Zhanxi Fan, Matt Hauwiller and Yu Wang

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June 21st, 2017 3-4pm in Building 66 Auditorium
Graphene – introduction by Alex Zettl (Physics@Berkeley)]
Presenters: Kyunghoon Lee, Hu Long and Patrick Gallagher, respectively on gaphene nanotubes, graphene speakers and characterization of graphene using terahertz radiations.

April 12th, 2017 , 1-2pm in Building 66 Auditorium
Quantum computing – introduction by Irfan Siddiqi (
Presenters : James Colless, Machiel Blok & Kevin O’Brien, respectively on quantum error correction, quantum algorithm for solving chemistry problems and multiplexed readouts for qubits,

February 15th, 2017 , 1-2pm in Building 66 Auditorium
Novel photonics gain/loss structures – introduction by Xiang Zhang (
Presenters : Chad Ropp and Nicolas Bachelard, on different aspects of their research in non-equilibrium/dissipative structures for adaptive photonic and acoustic bandgap devices.
Pictures of the event are available here.

November 9th, 2016, 1-2pm in building 66 Auditorium
Topological Insulators – presented by Joel Moore
The birth of topological insulators” J Moore, Nature 64, 194-198 (2010)
Presenters : Kenny Gotlieb (Lanzara group) and Liang Wu (Orenstein group).
Pictures of the event are available here.

J Moore, K Gotlieb and L Wu
J Moore, K Gotlieb and L Wu


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The forum is aimed primarily at postdocs, graduate students and early-career scientists. However, we encourage anyone interested to attend.


  • Materials Science is by its nature a multidisciplinary pursuit. The forum aims to provide aflexible and informal setting to seed and foster exchange and collaboration from the early- career scientists.
  • Owing to the temporary role of the postdoc and graduate student, acquiring the appropriate technical and administrative knowledge can be a lengthy process. The forum would address this through open discussions and information exchange.Format:Each forum will be loosely arranged around a central theme, preferably incorporated more than one research group, and last one hour in total. A P.I. or staff scientist will give a very brief overview of the topic, and introduce the speakers for the session. It would also be useful if this introduction discussed the relevance of the work in the context of the field as a whole. The remaining time can be divided between postdocs/early-career scientists in whichever manner they wish. The forum will have an open format where questions and discussion are strongly encouraged throughout the hour.What to talk aboutThe forum is aimed at cultivating collaboration across MSD among early-career scientists. As such, we suggest discussing your work in a manner accessible to non-experts. Your talk should not be limited to published results, rather the ongoing day-to-day nature of gathering results. Some suggested further topics for discussion include:
  • The nuts and bolts of gathering results (which methods you used, how you learned them, who helped out)
  • Any obstacles you encountered – technical or otherwise
  • Dealing with ‘negative results’
  • Did you change topic from previous work? If so, did any skills or information transfer overto give you unique perspectives? How did you learn the new required skills?What the forum is notThe forum is not a scientific conference, job interview or colloquium. We encourage speakers to keep a flexible format and invite questions and open discussion.