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Nanotechnology operates on the scale of a single atom to a small virus - 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair! At the nanoscale, biological processes occur, material properties are altered, and quantum mechanics comes into play, causing biologists, chemists, and physicists to agree that size really does matter! To find out more, come and engage with the speakers and interactive demos. Note: Homemade pizzas will be available to purchase. Vegan and vegetarian options are available but there is no gluten free option.
Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Carbon!
Buckminsterfullerene. Fullerenes. Buckyballs. C60. You may well have heard of any of these monikers for the same superstar molecule. These nanometre-sized balls have long been the golden children of nanotechnology, and rightly so. Ilija will give a whistle-stop tour of what makes them so fascinating and useful. From molecular prisons to quantum computers via flexible solar cells and medicines of the future—they promise a lot, but do they deliver?
Sex, Lies and Nanotechnology
Professor Jon Preece (Professor of Nanoscale Chemistry, University of Birmingham)
Nanotechnology pervades everyday existence, from our sex lives to the smartphone in your palm. Taking two examples from his own research, Jon will show how he has taken some basic nanoscience and translated it into two spin-out companies.