Public Lecture Series
Argonne National Laboratory and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology present the latest edition of Argonne OutLoud, the lab's public lecture series, featuring Dr. Amanda Petford-Long and Adam Khan, presenting:
"The Nature of Nano"
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
- 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
- 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Talk
- 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Q&A
From tennis rackets to sunscreen, from stained glass windows to computer memory, the applications of nanoscale materials research are all around us. New television displays, cell phones and other digital devices incorporate nanostructured polymer films known as light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. Applications utilizing nanotechnology abound in the energy field, from cheaper flexible solar panels to improved catalysis for fuel production and lighter, more efficient batteries. Medical applications are also showing promise, in the areas of imaging and diagnostics.
Working on new discoveries at the nanoscale, researchers at the Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) are creating new materials, methods and technologies to address some of the world’s greatest challenges in energy security, lightweight but durable materials, high-efficiency lighting, information storage, environmental stewardship and advanced medical devices.
At a very small, or “nano” scale, materials behave differently. The study of nanomaterials is much more than miniaturization – scientists are discovering how changes in size change a material’s properties. Research efforts over the past decade have enabled us to make single nanoparticles – current research efforts are focused on putting different nanoparticles together to make devices and turn nanoscience into nanotechnology. For instance, by reducing the distance that electrons have to move, nanomaterials will produce batteries with greater efficiency.
Material scientist Dr. Amanda Petford-Long is the Director of Argonne's Nanoscience and Technology Division, and she will present current research efforts and advances in nanotechnology, and highlight the societal implications of CNM’s research. Dr. Petford-Long has 25 years of experience in transmission electron microscopy applied to magnetic and optical nanostructures and is interested in structure-property correlations in ferroic nanostructures, and use of in situ TEM techniques to understand domain and transport behavior in these materials.
Adam Khan is the founder and CEO of AKHAN Technologies, Inc., an Illinois-based company pioneering work in the diamond semiconductor technology space. Khan is the co-inventor of the Miraj Diamond™ Platform, a 2013 R&D100 award winning technology developed jointly with the Center for Nanoscale Materials. In 2013, Khan co-founded AKHAN Semiconductor, a manufacturing subsidiary of AKHAN Technologies, vertically integrating AKHAN’s semiconductor process with diamond deposition technology developed by Argonne.
The event will take place at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source Auditorium and will include light refreshments and a poster session preceding the lecture.
The lecture is free, but registration is required. Register for "The Nature of Nano" »
Can't attend in person? The event will be broadcast live at Argonne's live stream channel. You can also participate in a live Twitter chat and submit questions that might be answered during the event by using the hashtag #NanoChat.