Ep 24. Using MRI technology to study nanoparticles

How do we “see” nanoparticles when they’re too small to view with a normal microscope? In this episode we interview Kelly Zhang, a graduate student in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology who recently published a paper about a new way to use NMR technology (like MRI for chemistry) to study the behavior of molecules that form a shell on diamond nanoparticles. We also talk about how watching anime as a kid inspired Kelly to become a chemist.

Kelly Zhang and a model of a polymer-wrapped diamond nanoparticle like the ones studied in her recent article (image adapted courtesy of Author Choice license from the American Chemical Society)

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Interviewee: Kelly Zhang

Producer/Host: Miriam Krause

Music: Ketsa and Dexter Britain