Gold Nanotechnology Featured on Academic Minute

Last month, I was featured on The Academic Minute, a segment produced by radio station WAMC in the northeastern US. The Academic Minute presents 300-word essays by professors and academics around the world explaining research topics for a non-specialist audience. In my case, that topic was gold nanotechnology.

Gold nanoparticles with hexagonal (I), cubic (II), rectangular (III), star (IV), dog bone (V), and rod (VI) shapes. Adapted with permission from Alkilany, Lohse, & Murphy (2013).1

This opportunity arose when I received an inquiring email from Matthew of The Academic Minute – which my mailbox could have considered spam! I thought, though, that becoming a “radio celebrity” would be a good opportunity to reach the public in a different way about how cool nanotechnology is. So he and I iterated a bit, and then I recorded my piece at my local radio station here, which has a nice facility. It was an interesting experience – my first draft was way too long, and I talked too fast – but the recording engineer and I went back and forth about slowing down, keeping to the key points, etc. to produce a very nice bit of work. It was very worthwhile to improve my skills at communicating with the public!

You can hear my essay and read the transcript here.


Alaaldin M. Alkilany; Samuel E. Lohse; Catherine J. Murphy; Acc. Chem. Res2013, 46, 650-661. DOI: 10.1021/ar300015b


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