2018 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christy Haynes 

Dr. Haynes is the Elmore H. Northey Professor and Associate Department Head of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota as well as the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Her research group studies pressing issues in nanoscience, environmental science, and immunology. 

Areas of expertise:  Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, Environmental & Green Chemistry, Chemical Physics

Title: Design and Redesign of Sustainable Engineered Nanomaterials


Abstract: Even Richard Feynman would be impressed with how engineered nanoparticles are increasingly being incorporated into devices and products across a variety of commercial sectors. However, this means that engineered nanoscale materials will either intentionally or unintentionally be released into the ecosystem. The long-term goal of the presented work is to understand the molecular design rules that control nanoparticle toxicity using aspects of materials science (nanoparticle design, fabrication, and modification), analytical chemistry (developing new assays to monitor nanotoxicity), and ecology (monitoring how nanoparticles enter and accumulate in the food web through bacteria and how these nanoparticles influence bacterial function). Taken together, these data suggest that careful consideration of engineered nanoparticle surface chemistry will likely allow design of safe and sustainable nanoscale materials. 


Professor Haynes completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College in 1998 and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Northwestern University in 2003 under the direction of Richard P. Van Duyne. Before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2005, Haynes performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Among many honors, she was named a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan fellow and a National Institutes of Health "New Innovator," won the Royal Society of Chemistry's Joseph Black Award as well as the 2015 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office for Faulty and Academic Affairs and the Women’s Center. Haynes is one of only 173 scientists, scholars, and artists to be awarded a prestigious 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.