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Science on a Small Scale – Nanoscience in the Past, Present and Future

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19:30 – 21:00 14 Jun 2011
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Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Speakers: Dr Annela Seddon, University of Bristol

According to Richard Feynman in 1959, science has “plenty of room at the bottom”. The field of Nanoscience encapsulates this vision of how we can see and manipulate matter on a scale of less than 1/10,000th of the width of a human hair. Our ability to understand the world on this scale has been realised within the last few decades and has given rise to some fascinating, and often unexpected results. In this talk, we will explore just how small a nanometre is, how we can see objects in this size range and discuss ways of building new materials for a range of applications, taking inspiration from chemistry, physics, engineering and the natural world. We might also discover a surprising link between ancient Roman glass making techniques and state of the art pregnancy tests...

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: London and South East Branch
Contact details: Email: r.mackintosh@open.ac.uk or t.a.bartlett@open.ac.uk (secretary)

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19:30 – 21:00 14 Jun 2011
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