Science Cafe: A big future for small science: the promise and challenge of nanotechnology

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6.30 p.m.
Ottawa Public Library (Sunnyside Branch)

with Maria DeRosa, Department of Chemistry

Nanotechnology is all about making, measuring, and manipulating unimaginably small things – materials and devices a million times smaller than a millimeter. From our smart phones to our sporting equipment, from our clothing to our sunscreens, nanotechnology is being incorporated in products that are all around us that we might use every day. This lecture will provide an introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology with some information about how the fundamental properties of materials change when they are on the nanoscale. The science behind new nano-enabled products will be explored. Bionanotechnology, which draws inspiration from nature, will be examined. The potential risks and benefits of nanotechnology will also be discussed.

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