En­ter­ing a new age

Sci­en­tists are build­ing new ma­te­ri­als from the atoms up. What next?

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The stone, bronze and iron ages have been done and dusted.

We’ve mas­tered the art of match­ing a wooden shaft to an adze and raised con­crete and steel cities to dizzy­ing heights.

We’ve com­mu­ni­cated around the world at the speed of light and con­sumed throw-away plas­tic.

Now we are en­ter­ing the Great Graphene Age, a pe­riod in civil­i­sa­tion where new ma­te­ri­als are be­ing built from the atoms up by sci­en­tists in their lab­o­ra­to­ries.

What shall we make?

The MacDiarmid In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als and Nan­otech­nol­ogy brings its re­gional lec­ture se­ries to Wanaka on Au­gust 26.

The speak­ers are Dr Dun­can McGil­livray, of Auck­land Univer­sity’s School of Chem­i­cal Sci­ences, and Dr Natalie Plank, of Vic­to­ria Univer­sity’s School of Chem­i­cal and Phys­i­cal Sci­ences.

The pair are guests of the Wanaka branch of the Royal So­ci­ety.

McGil­livray and Plank ex­plore the ques­tion: what comes next, now that nan­otech­nol­o­gists are cre­at­ing new ma­te­ri­als from the atoms up and are able to copy na­ture’s self-as­sem­bling ar­chi­tec­ture?

McGil­livray trained in neu­tron and X-ray scat­ter­ing in the UK and USA be­fore set­ting up a re­search group in New Zealand. Plank lec­tures in physics at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity and her cur­rent work fo­cuses on nano­ma­te­rial de­vice plat­forms for sens­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Their pre­sen­ta­tion is on Fri­day Au­gust 26 at the Pres­by­te­rian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Tenby St, Wanaka, from 6pm. $5 ad­mis­sion.

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