Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $7
Pre-Lecture Dinner Available at Chez Leon, seating at 6 pm. Prix Fixe menu includes Stuffed Grape Leaves, Herbed Grilled Lamb Chops, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, and Baklava. Phone Chez Leon directly at 630/840.3524 for reservations.
Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field focused on studying and manipulating ultraminiaturized structures, ones with at least one dimension 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. This field has the potential to transform almost every aspect of our lives for the better - from enabling our cell phones and computers to run faster to generating our power more efficiently to making life saving medicines. How can such small materials lead to such big advances? Come and discover all of the amazing size, shape, and composition-dependent properties of nanomaterials that are changing the way we see the world on a length scale that can't even be observed with the naked eye!
Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Medicine. He is one of only 15 scientists, engineers and medical doctors in the world, and the only chemist, to be elected into all three branches of the US National Academies. Mirkin serves as an advisor to President Barack Obama on science, technology, and innovation in his role as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is celebrated for his discovery and development of Spherical Nucleic Acids (SNAs) and the many medical diagnostic and therapeutic applications that have derived from them, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography (recently recognized by National Geographic as one of the top 100 scientific discoveries that changed the world), and contributions to supramolecular chemistry. He is the author of over 560 manuscripts and over 930 patent applications worldwide (246 issued), and the founder of three companies, Nanosphere, AuraSense, and AuraSense Therapeutics, which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life science and semiconductor industries.