Physics Colloquium: Nolan Nicholas, Department of Chemistry, University of Idaho

Monday, April 30 2012 at 4:00 PM

Location: EP 209

Physics Colloquium, with Nolan Nicholas, department of chemistry, University of Idaho, titled, "Fabricable NanoEngineering through Stochastic Architecture," will occur April 30 at 4 p.m. in EP 209.

Abstract: Nano” is become a ubiquitous word in modern science and technology. Yet over the past few decades the outcomes of practical technology has consistently failed to live up to the theorized potential for nanostructured matter. In this talk, Nicholas will discuss the origins of architectural functionality at the nano-scale including concepts of both hypothetical and realized nanotechnology. In particular this talk will highlight issues affecting realization of useful nanotechnology and Nicholas will outline an alternative perspective for designing and producing functional, nanostructured matterials. Nicholas will ground this discussion in describing the on-going case history of the development of carbon nanotube vertical array nano-architectures for solid-state energy storage devices.