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2019 Erich Bloch Symposium in Davis Hall at University at Buffalo

2021 Erich Bloch Symposium

June 7-8, 2021 | Virtual Event

This annual symposium is dedicated to the late Erich Bloch, former director of the National Science Foundation who helped endow the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at UB.


The World Through the Lens of Data: Accelerating knowledge discovery in the service of science and society

Overview Schedule Abstracts Posters About Erich Bloch

This year's Erich Bloch Symposium posters include:

Behnosh Sattari Baboukani: Nanotribological Behavior of Graphitic Surfaces in n-hexadecane

Zachary Corey: On the Origin of Enhanced Conductivity in La0.95Sr0.05TiO3/SrTiO3 Heterostructures

Md Nazmul Hasan: Electrical and Thermal Properties Investigation of Si/GaAs Hetero-Interface

Devyani Ganesh Jivani: Skeletal Representation of Microstructures

Junyu Lai: Flexible Solar-Blind Photodetector Based on β-Ga2O3 Nanomembranes

Derek Lee: 3D Assembled Mesostructures for Energy Harvesting

Olivia Licata: Extracting Micro-Features in a Ceramic through Combined Approach of Atom Probe Tomography and Data Analytics

Hao Liu: Machine or Expert: Learn or Not to Learn – Importance of Microstructure Representation for Reliable Structure-Property Maps

Mruganka Sandip Parasnis: Designing Mycelium Foams as a Sustainable Alternative for Filtration Membranes

Pinku Roy: Investigating the Origin of Topological Hall Effect like Signatures in SrRuO3

Jith Sarker: Nanoscale Compositional Analysis of Wurtzite BAlN Thin Films with >20% B Using Atom Probe Tomography

Sichen Wei: Novel MoS2/MXene/CNT Hybrid Structure for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction


The 2021 Erich Bloch Symposium will be held as a free, virtual event on June 7 and 8, 2021. Renowned leaders and experts from a wide variety of areas will share their approach to developing data-driven discoveries and innovation in different disciplines, as well as explore the impact of how data and information are communicated to and perceived by the public.

About the Erich Bloch Symposium

Spurred by the endowment by UB alumnus Erich Bloch, former director of the National Science Foundation, vice president of IBM and Medal of Technology and Innovation holder, the Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) was launched with the goal of establishing a new paradigm for research and education in 2015.

The inaugural Erich Bloch Symposium in 2017 helped launch MDI and since then, the annual Erich Bloch Symposium has served as a forum and has brought together renowned researchers, policymakers, industry and community leaders to explore the areas of sustainability with a focus on materials, technological innovation, and community health.

Event Start Date: June 7, 2021