Life is S’more Fun with Nanoscience

It’s hard to turn down an opportunity to share how cool nanoscience is with the public, and especially with children. Back in February, a group of CSN affiliated women hosted an activity at the Science Museum of Minnesota for their Women in Science and Engineering Day. As members of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, we …

What can big robots teach us about nanorobots?

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Can you imagine a technology that could fight diseases in blood vessels, map out complex structures in the body, and measure toxic chemicals in the environment? The potential benefits of nanorobots (really really small robots designed to do things that humans are too big to do) are huge! But before nanorobots can be put into …

2018: Sustainable Nano Year in Review

Welcome to 2019 and the 6th anniversary of Sustainable Nano! This is a big year for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology: we have an important National Science Foundation review in the spring, and in the fall we will submit the proposal to continue our NSF funding for another five years. In 2018, the CSN had …

Ep 29. Green is the Color of Chemistry

Dr. Mary Kirchhoff is Executive Vice President of Scientific Advancement at the American Chemical Society and Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Her career has spanned a variety of experiences related to sustainability in chemistry, including working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's green chemistry program and co-editing a book on Greener Approaches to Undergraduate …

Nano-textiles: The Fabric of the Future

When you think of futuristic clothing, you probably imagine lots of metallics, holographic accents, and textures. In fact, the sci-fi imagery that springs to mind is coming back into fashion, as evidenced by some recent runway trends (Figure 1). While we can’t say for certain what the fashion of the future will look like, many of …

Ep 27. The Constant Loop: How Nanoparticles and the Environment Affect Each Other

Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LCO) is an important nanomaterial used in batteries, but little is known about what happens when it gets exposed to the environment. In this episode we interview Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology graduate student Liz Laudadio, who was the first author on a recent paper about what happens to LCO when it gets …

Ep 26. Nanomaterials and Renewable Energy: From Solar Panels to Machine Learning

How are photons like toddlers? And what does that have to do with solar energy? Dr. Jillian Buriak has been researching nanomaterials and renewable energy for over a decade, including work to improve solar panel technology. In this first episode of the Sustainable Nano Podcast's third season, we interview Dr. Buriak, who is a Professor …

Podcast Preview: Season 3

It's National Nanotechnology Day, and Season 3 of the Sustainable Nano Podcast is coming soon! Here's a quick preview of a few of our upcoming episodes, including interviews with Dr. Mary Kirchhoff, Alvin Chang, & Dr. Jillian Buriak. To listen to this preview episode, click here. Want more podcast episodes? You can find them all on our podcast page, …