Sunday with a Scientist examines nanoscience

Feb 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Campus News, February 18, 2010, Issue

The University of Nebraska State Museum will present a program on nanoscience as part of its Sunday with a Scientist series 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Morrill Hall.

The program, “Nanoscience Makes the Light Fantastic,” will be led by Stephen Ducharme, a professor in physics and astronomy and the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience. It will examine science and technology at the nanometer scale (1 nanometer equals 1 billionth of a meter).

Ducharme and other science educators will explain the science behind nanotechnology and help visitors of all ages better understand the scale, shape and capabilities of these invisible particles. Ducharme will discuss how nanoscientists are able to make the properties of materials very small, and how this manipulation can improve our lives by making technology more powerful and efficient. Examples of this include LED lighting, electric energy storage, and the structures of the clothing we wear.

Stations will cover the following topics:

• “Berry-Juice Solar Cells” – Steve Wignall, Seward High School teacher

• “Glowing Quantum Dots” – Rafal Korlacki, UNL postdoctoral researcher

• “Nanoparticle Capacitors” – Kristin Kraemer, UNL Ph.D. student

• “Electron Microscopes” – Shashi Poddar, UNL Ph.D. student

• “Nanoparticle Surfaces” – Ducharme

— University Communications

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