NanoFlorida 2018 Conference
at Florida Tech

October 5 - 7, 2018 | Melbourne, Florida

Conference Organizers


Dr. Kurt Winkelmann 

Conference Organizer


Florida Tech



Dr. Jim Brenner

Conference Co-Organizer 

Chemical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Florida Tech



Mr. Brendan Swiger

Lead Student Organizer

Chemistry Major

Florida Tech


On behalf of the organizing committee, we invite you to attend the NanoFlorida 2018 Conference. It is an honor to lead the organizing committee for this year’s event, held for the first time at Florida Tech. Organizing this event is an undertaking that we could not accomplish without the help of student assistants and the guidance and support from members of the NanoFlorida Steering Committee. These faculty and students have attended, presented their research, and even helped organize previous NanoFlorida conferences. We appreciate all their support.


NanoFlorida 2018 Conference Steering Committee

• Sylvia Daunert, Professor and Lucille P. Markey Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Miami

• Gregory Hudalla, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Florida

• Swadeshmukul Santra, Professor and Director of the Materials Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Central Florida

• Jack Judy, Professor and Director of the Nanoscience Institute for Medical Engineering Technologies, University of Florida

• David Kumar, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Florida Atlantic University

• Hedi Mattoussi, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University

• Tyler Maxwell, Graduate Student in the Department of Chemistry and co-owner of Suncoast Nanotech LLC, University of Central Florida

• Shyam Mohapatra, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida

• Maedeh Mozneb, Undergraduate and student organizer of NanoFlorida 2017, Florida International University

• Madhavan Nair, Professor and Associate Vice President of Nanomedicine, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

• Mandip Sachdeva, Professor, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University


Conference Mission

For the past ten years, annual NanoFlorida conferences address several critical needs of research students and faculty. Most importantly, NanoFlorida conferences provide a forum for academic and industrial researchers to share their recent discoveries, exchange new ideas, and develop professional relationships that strengthen the state-wide nanotechnology research community. Industry sponsors have always supported NanoFlorida by setting up product display booths. The PI and coPI wish to expand their involvement.

 We selected symposia topics to meet the changing needs of nanotechnology researchers, educators, and students. Besides symposia devoted to materials and devices, medicine, and energy and environment, we are adding symposia in nanotechnology education and agricultural applications of nanotechnology to this year’s conference to reflect the importance to our students’ education and a major industry in Florida, respectively.

 NanoFlorida conferences set themselves apart from other, larger conferences by involving students in the conference organizing team and as presenters in the research symposia. NanoFlorida conferences have a long tradition of promoting a low-stress environment where students can practice their science communication skills in both oral and poster presentations. We hope that more students register and travel to the NanoFlorida 2018 Conference and benefit from this event.

Florida Tech

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. ranks graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida’s universities, and lists Florida Tech among the top 20 universities in the South – both public and private. The university has been named a Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, designated a Tier 1 Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. In 2016, Times Higher Education ranked Florida Tech one of the top 20 small universities in the world and named it one of the top universities in the United States. Florida Tech offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, cybersecurity, psychology, communication and education.

Florida Institute of Technology’s mission is to provide high-quality education to a culturally diverse student body in order to prepare students for entering the global workforce, seeking higher-education opportunities, and serving within their communities. The university also seeks to expand knowledge through basic and applied research and to serve the diverse economic, cultural, and societal needs of our local, state, national and international constituencies.