Too Small to Ignore: Why is Nano Different?

The Science & Engineering Library invites you to attend a lecture by Professor Michael Sailor entitled, “Too Small to Ignore: Why is Nano Different?”

Thursday, May 20, 2010
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Science & Engineering Library

An increasing number of the products we encounter in our daily lives contain nanomaterials, and even more “conventional” products are made using nanotechnology. What is it about a nanomaterial that makes it different, what is the promise of the emerging field of nanotechnology, and what are the dangers? Professor Sailor, a world-renowned expert in nanotechnology, will provide a general lecture on these issues, providing examples from the fields of medicine, consumer products, and environmental sciences.

Michael J. Sailor is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He has Affiliate appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and in the Department of Nanoengineering at UCSD. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University. He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 1990, after post-doctoral appointments at Stanford and Caltech.

Professor Sailor is an expert in nanophase materials, with emphasis on silicon-based photonic systems. Current projects in his research lab at UCSD are directed at problems in nanoparticle-based diagnosis and treatment of disease, optical biosensors, detectors for toxins, pollutants, and biological warfare agents, energy harvesting and storage, and microfluidic systems.  Their research received a recent mention on CNN and was covered in more detail in this UCSD press release.

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Light refreshments will be served.

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