Nanotechnology is all around us! Learn about nanotechnology, meet professionals in the field, and discuss careers associated with nanotechnology. The Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania hosts high and middle school students at NanoDay @ Penn 2023. Meet researchers, engineers, undergraduate/graduate students at Penn, Drexel University and Goeppert. Sign up for in-person and/or online synchronous sessions for your classes and clubs.
How to Register
Teachers are required to sign up for sessions for their classes or club.
The schedule of in-person presentations can be slightly adjusted (5-10 min) depending on the classroom or club schedule upon the teacher’s request.
Multiple teachers can sign up for online synchronous sessions.
Waves, Light, and Nanotechnology
Oct 9th, 10 am, in-person at middle/high school, 40 min session
Presented by Dr. David Barth (Penn)
Related courses: Any STEM classes or clubs
Abstract: Waves are all around us, and their unique properties are key to many natural phenomena as well as modern technology. We will explore some examples and demonstrations that illustrate what makes waves unique and how the wave properties of light enable nanotechnology. Specifically, we will look at how the structure of materials at the nanoscale can affect their color, where we see this effect in nature, and how it can be useful in developing new technology.
Quantum Dots and QD-based Devices: Nanotechnology Enabled by Chemistry
Oct 9th, 1 pm, in-person at middle/high school, 40 min session
Presented by Dr. Pat Watson (Penn)
Related courses: Physics, Chemistry
Abstract: Nanotechnology is the study of building and characterizing small things – things larger than atoms but smaller than one tenth of a micron. Nanotechnology has allowed us to construct Si chips containing 10 billion switches (transistors) that power our phones, computers, and internet servers. But there is another realm of nanotechnology with techniques that allow us to create tiny, nanoscale particles using the principles and techniques of chemistry. In this talk I will provide you with a deeper understanding of what nanotechnology is all about, introduce you to this interesting and useful material – quantum dots – and show how we can make these amazing things with basic chemical synthesis techniques. I will end by describing some practical applications of these materials.