Sunday, May 22, 2016

Unit 8

Nanotechnology can be defined as the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. Jim Gimzewski is a professor at UCLA who has 35 years of experience in the field. Today there are thousands of nano tech technologies in the world. Nanoparticles have existed for a long time. Lycurgus cup from Rome used nano sized gold particles to create the color. In the 15th and 16th century Pottery in Europe and stained glass used nanoparticles.

The Scanning Tunneling Microscope was a huge development in the world of nanotechnology. Prior to this, we had never been able to truly see individual atoms. Another important discovery was the Bucky Ball. Bucky balls have carbon atoms that are linked to three other carbon atoms by covalent bonds. This used to be unknown by scientists.

Water is hydrophobic on the lotus leaf. This inspired many companies to create self cleaning fabrics. This allows you to put dirty things on material and it would just fall of. There is also self cleaning glass. It contains nanoparticles that react with the sunlight then they break down the greases and oil on the window. The surface is hydrophobic. BMW also uses it in their car windows.

Nanotechnology is something that is beyond everything we have ever known. It causes the need to reinvent science. Dr. Gimzewski believes that it has the potential to change the world as we know it. As we have previously discussed, artists are often fascinated by science and they try to implement it into their work. It is also implemented in the medical field. Nano medicine can be used in new medicines and treatments.  Nano particles can target specific tumors. They can also reduce the toxicity of the chemo treatment. This offers great benefits for the people of the future.


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  1. Honestly this week a lot of the scientific terms went above my head, but this weeks lecture was extremely fascinating and full viable of information that was wonderful to learn about. How the Romans understood and experimented with color using nano particles before computers and telescopes was remarkable. I often see hydrophobic technology being marketed but have yet to see it in actual practice in person, this is something that I'm really excited about from a fashion perspective. Working at a hospital currently, I am always amazed at how far technology has come and is still pushing onward. The ability to tag diseases and certain cells to somehow one day finally combat cancer even more effectively was a sight to see and hear about. Great blog, loved reading the entry.

  2. I find this week's topic to be very fascinating and had the privilege of having Gimzewsky for chemistry my freshman year. Nanotechnology is the future and I can't wait to see how it will better medicine in the coming years.