Rob Moore, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences
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PI Public Lecture Series:

Title: A Material World: Building a Future from the Atoms Up

Abstract: From the Stone Age to the Silicon Age, nothing has had a more profound influence on the world than our understanding of the materials around us. The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century and the Information Revolution of the 20th were fueled by humankind’s ability to understand, harness, and control materials.

Our ongoing quest to find and develop new kinds of materials, in hopes of tackling some of society’s most challenging energy problems, requires us to learn how to build materials from the atom up. Doing so means combining state-of-the-art technologies (such as growing thin-film materials) with cutting-edge techniques for probing the electron structure. Relatively recent advances in these fields have given researchers unprecedented understanding and insight into creating new materials with exotic and useful properties.

In his public lecture at Perimeter Institute, Rob Moore will explore how the next great “age” of humankind may well be forged in this new quantum world of materials.

Rob Moore is Assistant Director of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences and a staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1994, after which he spent five years in the US Navy as a submarine officer aboard the USS Alaska (SSBN 732). He received a master’s degree in physics from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2002 and a PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2006.


Attendance to the lecture is free, but advance tickets are required. Due to the overwhelming response to past lectures, tickets will be honoured until 6:45 pm only. If you have not arrived by 6:45 pm your reservation may be filled by guests in our waiting line, and you may be asked to join the end of the waiting line.

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Pre-Lecture Activities (tickets not required):

Black Hole Bistro - dinner and/or drinks:

RESERVATIONS ARE required for food service in the Black Hole Bistro and can be made at Dinner reservations will be scheduled between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm for those with tickets and later for those watching the lecture in the Bistro.

Ask a Scientist?

Perimeter scientists will be on hand to answer physics questions from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

There will be a waiting line for last minute cancelled (or ‘no show’) seats on the night of the lecture. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come to Perimeter and pick-up a waiting line chit at the Waiting Line sign and then participate in pre-lecture activities - no need to wait in line. An announcement will be made in the Bistro at 6:45 pm if theatre seats are available. Note: you must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line and be in the Bistro when the waiting line announcement is made.

Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to participate in the lecture. The public lecture will be shown simultaneously on closed circuit television in the quiet of the Time Room or the licensed comfort of the Black Hole Bistro for any members of the waiting line who are not able to get a theatre seat.