Carnegie Mellon University

The Dickson Prize in Science

2017 Recipient: Professor Chad A. Mirkin

George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University

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Nanotechnology: Small Things Matter

Lecture Abstract

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.