There has been a significant push in recent years toward the development of new ways to produce and store energy, generate interesting and useful materials and to diagnose and fight disease, by harnessing the potential of things at the nanoscale. There is certainly a lot of potential and a lot of buzz around all things “nano”. But what is really going on?
This lecture provides an overview of several nanotechnology and nanomedicine examples and explores the opportunities, challenges and pitfalls of going small to tackle big problems.
Dr. Gerald Audette is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and a member of the Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions at York University. He completed his BSc at the University of Alberta and PhD in structural biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. His research aims to understand at a structural level how bacteria produce complex purpose-built protein-based nanostructures that allow them to grow and adapt in various environments, and to explore the adaptation of these systems to develop functional biosensors and nanodevices.