Physics lecture presents ideas on the nanoscale

Dr. Ethan Minot, a physics professor from Oregon State University, presented the science colloquium lecture April 12 in Murdock Hall.

He discussed building electronics at the nanoscale in order to watch nature at the nanoscale.

He explained that through the application of recent microscopic techniques, one could control matter on the atomic and molecular scale.

By doing so, scientists could study the action of individual biomolecules.

Minot divided his talk into three main parts to make his point clear.

He asserted that it is possible to detect a single protein using nanotube electronics.

First, he explained the process of building a nanotube, an electronic on the nanoscale.

In the second part of his lecture, he explained that nanometrology is a metrology which focuses on the nanoscale level and plays a huge role in nanomanufacturing.

The final part of his lecture was used for discussing research that he and his group had done using nanotubes to detect single proteins.

Junior Addison Wisthoff, who attended the lecture, thought that the topic was interesting as it correlated with research that she participated in last summer.

“I found his ideas very interesting,” Wisthoff said. “It is always fascinating to see research done by a physicist that is conducting research on the fringe of two sciences. I found the talk interesting even though there were some parts of the talk that were harder to understand than others.  But all in all the talk was interesting for me, as a physics major.”

Andra Kovacs/
Senior reporter

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