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Podcast Ep 37. Shine Bright like a Diamond… Inside of a Worm

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Zack Jones, a graduate student in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, gives diamonds to his study organism. But they’re nanodiamonds, not jewelry, and after the tiny worms eat them, Zack uses their fluorescent and magnetic properties to see where the material accumulates within the worm’s body. This episode of the Sustainable Nano Podcast talks about worms, defective diamonds, and how the combination of the two can provide information on environmental contamination.

Zack Jones (left) and Paige Kinsley (right) recording this episode’s interview (photos courtesy of Zack Jones and Paige Kinsley)

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Diagram of a nanodiamond molecule showing a nitrogen vacancy center defect (missing nitrogen atom) in the middle (image by Zack Jones)

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IntervieweeZack Jones

InterviewerPaige Kinsley

Producer/HostMiriam Krause

Assistant Producer: Emma Bublitz

Music: PC III and Dexter Britain

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