The Dickson Prize in Science
Honoring Professor Chad A. Mirkin
George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology,
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Lecture Topic: Nanotechnology: Small Things Matter
Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field focused on studying and manipulating ultraminiaturized structures, ones with at least one dimension 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. This field has the potential to transform almost every aspect of our lives for the better – from enabling our cell phones and computers to run faster to generating our power more efficiently to making our tennis racquets and golf clubs lighter and more durable to making our medicines and drugs more efficacious. How can such small materials lead to such big advances in fields spanning chemistry, biology, engineering, and medicine? Come and discover all of the amazing size, shape, and composition-dependent properties of nanomaterials that are changing the way we see the world on a length scale that can’t even be observed with the naked eye.