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