Plenary Session – Prof. Hongkun Park

Plenary Session 11:00 AM, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and of Physics

Dr. Hongkun Park

Hongkun Park is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and a Professor of Physics at Harvard University.  He is also an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and an affiliate member of the Harvard Quantum Optics Center, Harvard Center for Brain Science, and Harvard Stem Cell Institute.  He serves as an associate editor of Nano Letters and a member of the Editorial Board of Chemical Science, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and World Technology Network. Awards and honors that Hongkun Park has received include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Ho-Am Foundation Prize in Science, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and the US DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship.


“Nano” as a Guiding Narrative: A Personal Journey

For decades, “nano” has served as one of the main narratives that guide the advancement of science and technology. In this presentation, I will briefly review, with my own personal experience as a “biased” guide, how this “nano” narrative has shaped the public image of science and technology and influenced human and resource investments. I will then describe how this narrative continues to shape my own research activities using two recent examples: (1) solid-state quantum optics based upon atomically thin semiconductors coupled to nanophotonics/plasmonics, and (2) CMOS-nanoelectrode arrays for highly multiplexed brain-machine interfacing. These examples illustrate how my own research is influenced by the “nano” narrative and how the developments of new nanoscale structures and tools can be leveraged to open up new lines of scientific inquiries in both physical and life sciences.