POSTPONED: Workshop 2D Materials for Biomedical Applications

UPDATE (December 2, 2021): Due to the current pandemic situation in Portugal, the UT Austin Portugal Program and the scientific coordinators of the workshop have decided to postpone the workshop to January and host it in a 100% online format. Once the new dates are confirmed, we will update this page accordingly.

The UT Austin Portugal Program is organizing a workshop on 2D Materials for Biomedical Applications, under the scientific coordination of Dr. Artur Pinto (*) (LEPABE – Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal) and Professor Jean Anne Incorvia (the University of Texas at Austin, USA).

It will bridge disciplines between Nanotechnologies and Biomedicine, by exploring the large library of 2D materials available today as well as its potential applications in health and medicine.

Who can register?

This training activity is aimed at participants in the areas of medical physics and nanotechnologies, including people in medicine who are interested in new materials for medical technologies, as well as people who work in nanotechnologies, especially in 2D materials, and want to learn their potential applications in medicine.

What should participants expect to learn?

  • The library of 2D materials, their different types, and their different functions;
  • How 2D materials can be produced, grown and exfoliated;
  • How to measure 2D material properties, and what the range of their behavior is;
  • How 2D materials are currently used in cancer therapies;
  • How new 2D materials could impact cancer therapy and other medical areas.


Time* Topic Speakers
09.00 a.m. Introduction and Welcome Jean Anne Incorvia & Brian Korgel (UT Austin)
09:25 a.m. Library of 2D Materials Jean Anne Incorvia (UT Austin)
10:05 a.m. Graphene-based materials for biomedical applications Artur Pinto (LEPABE – FEUP)
10:45 a.m. Coffee Break  
11:00 a.m. Graphene tattoos for medical applications Deji Akinwande (UT Austin)
11:30 a.m. Brainstorming session: what does medicine need from 2D materials? Artur Pinto (LEPABE – FEUP) & Deji Akinwande (UT Austin)
12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch (courtesy of the Program)
02:00 p.m. Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, their properties, exfoliation, and characterization Xintong Li (UT Austin)
02:30 p.m. Heterostructures for tuning the properties of 2D materials Emanuel Tutuc (UT Austin)
03:00 p.m. Creating suspensions of MoS2 exfoliated in liquid (or TBD) Navid Saleh (UT Austin)
03:30 p.m. Short Break  
03:45 p.m. 2D Silicon and Germanium Brian Korgel (UT Austin)
04:15 p.m. Brainstorming session: How can researchers in nanotechnology and medicine work better across disciplines? Jean Anne Incorvia (UT Austin)

*As per Portugal mainland time (GMT).


About the speakers:

Jean Anne C. Incorvia is an Assistant Professor and holds the Fellow of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Chair in Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where she directs the Integrated Nano Computing (INC) Lab. Dr. Incorvia develops practical nanodevices for the future of computing using emerging physics and materials. This includes research in spintronics (electronics that uses magnetism and spin to encode information), both fundamental and applied nano-magnetism, bio-inspired neuromorphic computing, in-memory computing devices and circuits, quantum computing, radiation-hard materials and devices, and the intersection of low-dimensional (2D) materials and spintronics. Dr. Incorvia received her Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 2015, cross-registered at MIT. From 2015-2017, she completed a postdoc at Stanford University in the department of electrical engineering, working in nanoelectronics.

Artur M. Pinto graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences, obtaining his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering – University of Porto (FEUP), visiting U. Washington. Afterwards, Artur has been appointed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, Chemical Engineering Department, the Netherlands. Following his Post-doc, Artur has been awarded a long-term Researcher position at LEPABE (Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy)-FEUP. He is the Principal Investigator of a collaborative project between LEPABE-FEUP and i3S (Institute for Research and Innovation in Health) focused on developing graphene-based materials and adjusting their properties for biomedical applications, such as phototherapy of skin disease and cancer, and immunotherapy.

Brian Korgel is the Program’s Area Director for Nanotechnologies at UT Austin. He is the Rashid Engineering Regents Chair Professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at the UT Austin; Education and Outreach Director for the Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials (CDCM) Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and he also directs the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for Next Generation Photovoltaics. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCLA in 1997 and was a post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland, in the Department of Chemistry. He works at the intersection of nano & mesoscopic materials chemistry and complex fluids, tackling problems in lithium ion batteries, photovoltaic devices and medicine.

Deji Akinwande is a professor and holds the Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship No. 1 at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2009, where he conducted research on the material science, device physics, and circuit applications of carbon nanotubes and graphene. His Master’s research in Applied Physics at Case Western Reserve University pioneered the design and development of near-field microwave probe tips for nondestructive imaging and studies of materials. His research focuses on 2D materials and nanotechnology, pioneering device innovations from lab towards applications.

Xintong Li graduated as a BS in July 2016 from the department of Physics, Peking University in Beijing, China. He joined the ECE department of UTA as a PhD student, co-advised by Prof. Jean Anne Incorvia and Prof. Deji Akinwande. His research focuses on 2D materials, magnetic materials and their device applications, including Black Phosphorous, WTe2, WSe2 and novel MTJ structures.

Emanuel Tutuc is a Professor and holds the B. N. Gafford Professorship in Electrical Engineering in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tutuc received his B.S. in Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Paris in 1997, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University 2004. He held research positions at Princeton University and I.B.M. T.J. Watson Research Center from 2004 to 2006. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin within the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Microelectronics Research Center in the spring of 2007. His current research is centered on the electronic properties of quantum confined systems, novel semiconductor materials and devices, and chemical vapor deposition. Prof. Tutuc has received a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2009.

Navid Saleh is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, at University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT, Dr. Saleh served at University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor (from 2009-2013). Dr. Saleh was a post-doctoral trainee at the Chemical Engineering Department, at Yale University, New Haven, CT (between June 2007-Dec 2008). He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, in May 2007 in Civil and Environmental Engineering and his BS degree was completed at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh in Civil Engineering in 2001. Dr. Saleh’s research interests include (1) fundamental aggregation and deposition behavior of nanomaterials, (2) nanomaterials for environmental remediation, (3) engineering application of nanomaterials (composite materials, sensors), and (4) engineering education.

Important information:

– Participation is free of charge.

– The workshop will be entirely recorded for archival and reporting purposes and may be publicly available on the Program’s communication channels after its completion (e.g. website, YouTube channel). If you do not want your image to be captured, stored and used by the Program, please make sure to inform us at the day of the event, when checking in.

For any further queries, please send an email to

(*) Dr. Artur Pinto’s contribution to this training relies on work financed by FEDER funds through the COMPETE 2020 – Operacional Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation (POCI), Portugal 2020, and by national funds (PIDDAC) through FCT/MCTES in the framework of the project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031143, and Base Funding – UIDB/00511/2020 of the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy – LEPABE. Artur Pinto thanks the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) for the financial support of his work contract through the Scientific Employment Stimulus – Individual Call – [CEECIND/03908/2017].