10/25/2017 | 5:30-7pm | CU Boulder's Museum of Natural History, BioLounge

Nanotechnology and the Nanoscale: Tiny Science That Drives our Favorite Devices Now and In the Future

A sheet of newspaper is about 100,000 nanometers thick—so it’s hard to imagine just how small one nanometer is. It’s even harder to imagine doing science at this scale! Our October café presenter, Dr. Jorge Hernandez Charpak is an expert in nanoscale Physics. Much of his work involves understanding the basic challenges one has to deal with when working with only tens or hundreds of atoms and molecules at a time instead of millions. What tools can we design to see things at nanoscale? How do we measure energy moving between tiny components of a nanotech processor? Breakthroughs in answering these essential questions are at the heart the more than 60 years old race to make technology smaller and smaller. But how small is too small? Amazingly, nanotech isn’t just about making things tiny—nanoscale materials behave in different and unexpected ways that can either enhance or hinder properties such as strength, lighter weight, and greater chemical reactivity than their larger-scale counterparts. Come learn about the teeny tiny engineering, chemistry, and physics inside our favorite devices that we take for granted every day.