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The Nature of Nano

Amanda Petford-Long (NST) and Adam Khan, AKHAN Technologies
January 30, 2014 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Building 402
Argonne presents "The Nature of Nano" Thursday, January 30, 2014, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Advanced Photon Source, Building 402 Auditorium. Register for the event »


Working on new discoveries at the nanoscale, researchers at 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.


Argonne Distinguished Fellow and Division Director Amanda Petford-Long (NST) will present the current research efforts and advances in nanotechnology underway at Argonne and highlight the societal implications of the Center for Nanoscale Materials research.

Director Petford-Long has 25 years of experience in transmission electron microscopy applied to magnetic and optical nanostructures. She 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.

She is Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials and the Nanoscience and Technology Division. Dr. Petford-Long holds a Doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AKHAN Technologies, Adam Khan, will discuss vertically integrating AKHAN’s semiconductor process with diamond deposition technology developed by Argonne.

AKHAN Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company pioneering research and development of diamond based semiconductor devices with applications in the microelectronics industry.

Khan’s more recent work has also addressed the effects of impurities in diamond semiconductor systems, developing a first time model to address deep state propensity of dopants resulting in the first time fabrication of efficient n-type diamond.