In the world of science, some of the tiniest matter holds the biggest promise. BGSU audiences will learn more about advances in nanotechnology from a leader in the field in the Harold McMaster Visiting Scientist lecture. This year’s speaker is Dr. Catherine J. Murphy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, her talk, on “Nano Eco Art,” will be held from 4-5 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206). It will be followed by a reception. This will be the first time a woman has been named BGSU’s McMaster Visiting Scientist.
Murphy, the Peter C. and Gretchen Miler Markunas Professor of Chemistry at Illinois, will take a look at current events in nanotechnology, from basic research in the lab, to the environment, and finally to nanotechnology-inspired art.
She explains, “The prefix ‘nano’ means one-billionth. ‘Nanotechnology’ refers, in general, to the study and use of matter on the 1-100 nanometer length scale. At these length scales, the fundamental properties of matter can change as a function of size. For example, gold appears gold on the bulk scale; but particles of gold that are 20 nanometers in diameter appear red.”
Murphy has been on the Illinois faculty since 2009. Research conducted by the Murphy Research Group is at the interface of materials chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biophysical chemistry and nanotechnology. The group’s primary goals are to develop inorganic nanomaterials for biological and energy-related applications, and to understand the chemical interactions of these nanomaterials with their surroundings.
Children of all ages will be able to pet a stingray, hold a lizard, capture the wind, ride in an electric vehicle, discover the universe and more during a free family event on campus Saturday (Sept. 11).
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the University and several cooperating organizations will host “STEM in the Park,” where families can try hands-on activities to learn about the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The free event will be held on the lawn outside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Tony Packo’s will cater a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the activities will move into the Union.
Sponsors of the event include BGSU, Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education, BP-Husky Refining, LLC, Square One Education Network, Coca-Cola and the Bowling Green Community Foundation.