We encounter a vast range of scale in the physical world, from the limits of the known Universe to sub-atomic particles. In this talk, Dr Mark Baxendale will explain what is special about what has become known as the nanoscale — the scale corresponding to that of large molecules — and address the questions of how and why we would like to make useful things on this scale. Humans have been producing nanotechnology for millennia without knowing it. Nature is an expert nanotechnologist. Mark will look at some examples to see how we can use the principles that ancient people unknowingly uncovered, and that the evolutionary process has selected, to make useful things for the future.
Mark Baxendale is Reader in Nanotechnology in the School of Physics and Astronomy. He researches uses of nanotechnology for energy and health.