Science Express @ Te Papa: Nanotechnology – the tiny way towards a bigger future
This event was recorded on Thursday 3 June 2010,
Delve into the fascinating world of the ultra-small with Dr Richard Tilley of Victoria University.
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Nanotechnology is about understanding and applying the science of the ultra-small. It explores the special properties of matter at the nanoscale (1–100 nanometres; 1 nanometre is a billionth of a metre). Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as medicine, electronics, and energy production.
Richard will talk about the nanotechnology research that is being done by Victoria University’s nanoparticles research group. He will discuss how nanoparticles can be used for catalytic converters in vehicles and for cancer and biomedical imaging. He’ll also explain how an electron microscope works.
Dr Richard Tilley is a senior lecturer in chemistry at Victoria University and has worked at VUW for seven years. Richard originates from Wales. He did his undergraduate study at Oxford University, and his PhD in chemistry at Cambridge University. He went on to a two-year post doctoral fellowship at Toshiba University in Tokyo before moving to New Zealand.
Science Express is proudly supported by GNS Science and the Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington Branch.