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Date: October 19, 2004 (04-95) 

Montgomery College Hosts Talk about Nanotechnology
NIST Scientist to Explain New Technology, at Germantown Campus, Nov. 16 

Montgomery College-Germantown will host the second presentation in its 2004-2005 Spectrum Lecture Series on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Robert D. Shull from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will discuss “Nanotechnology: What Is It?  Why Should You Care?” in Room 104 of the Science and Applied Studies Building, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown.  This event is free and open to the public.  


Nanotechnology is the science of creating, in a controlled way, materials and devices whose size is measured in nanometers, which is one-billionth of a meter.  Moving from microscale to nanoscale-sized materials can sometimes result in enhanced or diminished properties, unusual property combinations, and even totally new properties.  In his presentation, Dr. Shull will explain why things are different in the nanoscale, and he will demonstrate some of the property changes which have been observed.  He will also talk about some of the exciting applications of materials developed through nanotechnology such as terrabyte storage, thin television sets, magnetic refrigerators, high resolution MRI, targeted drug delivery, ultra-thin batteries, and “smart clothing.”  Like all Spectrum Lectures, this presentation will be aimed at a non-scientific audience.             


Currently, Dr. Shull is the group leader of the Magnetic Materials Group at NIST.    Author or co-author of over 130 publications, editor of five books, and holder of three patents, Dr. Shull is also the past chairman of the International Committee on Nanostructured Materials.  In 2000, he initiated and helped write the National Nanotechnology Initiative championed by President Clinton.  He currently sits on the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Committee of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 


For questions or to request accommodations for a disability, please contact Dr. Robert Coley, professor of chemistry, at 240-567-7798.

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