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Nanotechnology’s Promise: A Big Risk in a Small Package?

Sunday, June 4, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Increased standards of living and a global population set to double by 2050 mean skyrocketing demands for energy, resources, and technology. Nanotechnology holds perhaps the biggest promise for finding solutions: From computing, communications, renewable energy and clean water, to medicine, transportation, skincare, sports clothing and food, countless tiny particles, visible only in a microscope, are at work beneath the surface of our daily lives. With so many areas going nano, is it really good for us? Join a group of experts who will explore this emerging area of collaborative research seeking to meet vital challenges while engineering a healthier, safer, and more efficient future.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, “The Big, the Small, and the Complex,” is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Image Credit: Ariana Levitt, Drexel University, NanoArtography Competition 2016 winner


Andrew RevkinEnvironment Reporter

Andrew Revkin is the senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica.org. He joined the prize-winning public-interest newsroom after 21 years of writing for The New York Times, most recently through his Dot Earth blog for the Opinion section, and six years teaching at Pace University.

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Vicki ColvinNanoscientist

Dr. Vicki Colvin is the Victor Kreible Professor of Chemistry and Engineering at Brown University and the Director of its Center for Biomedical Engineering. A physical chemist by training, Professor Colvin studies how very small crystalline materials such as quantum dots and carbon nanotubes interact with environmental and biological systems.

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Ponisseril SomasundaranSurface and Colloid Scientist, Environmental Engineer

Professor Ponisseril Somasundaran received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He was invested as the first La von Duddleson Krumb Professor.

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Paul WeissNanoscientist

Paul S. Weiss holds a UC Presidential Chair and is a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and of materials science and engineering at UCLA. He served as the director of the California NanoSystems Institute and held the Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences.

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