Science Café Program

The LRSM, through the NSF-supported Penn MRSEC, continues a series of Science Cafés that began in 2011 to promote NOVA’s four part TV series on materials, ‘Making Stuff with David Pogue,’ on public television. The Science Cafés, which are science talks for laymen about materials-related topic of current interest, will take place at 7:30 pm at Stoney’s British Pub, 3007 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE and The Black Sheep Pub, 247 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, at 6:00 pm.

These programs are free and anyone who is interested is invited to attend. No purchase is necessary.

For further information contact:

Andrew R. McGhie at
215-898-6461
mcghie@lrsm.upenn.edu

Current Schedule

December 10, 2018
Stoney’s British Pub

3007 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE


7:30pm
Dr. Noah Clay / Nanotechnology in Nature, Ancient Times, Today and Beyond Dr. Noah Clay
Director, Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility, PENN
Nanotechnology in Nature, Ancient Times, Today and Beyond
 

Nanotechnology is a relatively new field encompassing human made objects that are so small that they can not be seen with the naked eye. In the past few decades, advances in nanotechnology have enabled seamless use of electronics in our everyday lives and is the focus of a great deal of research in basic science, engineering and medicine. However, nanomaterials had been used unknowingly by humans for millennia to construct porcelain coatings, paints, dyes, swords, stained glass and sculpture. These early uses of nanotechnology were undoubtedly inspired by nature: bright colors in flowers, spider’s silk, gecko’s feet, shells, butterfly wings and lotus flowers. In this talk, I will connect the objects we see in nature with ancient uses, today’s nano-devices and provide thoughts on where this incredible field will further impact our lives in the next decades.


November 28, 2018
The Black Sheep Pub

247 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


6:00pm
Marija Drndić / The Hole Story: Ions and Molecules in Very Small Holes Marija Drndić
Fay R. & Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania
The Hole Story: Ions and Molecules in Very Small Holes
 

In this talk, I will tell you about how we can make and investigate tiny (few-atoms large) holes to detect, analyze and filter small molecules. Beyond basic science, this is relevant for many practical areas including personalized medicine (DNA and protein sequencing, detection of biomarkers in blood), and also other fields including filtering and desalinating water, and even efficient energy applications.


November 19, 2018
Stoney’s British Pub

3007 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE


7:30pm
Dr. Charles Potter / Industrial Emergency Preparedness: Hurricane Harvey - A Case Study Dr. Charles Potter
TA Instruments, New Castle, DE
Industrial Emergency Preparedness: Hurricane Harvey - A Case Study
 

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Texas gulf coast, causing over $100 billion in damage. Residents and the local industries were paralyzed. The Houston metropolitan area and the shipping channel with its major petrochemical and manufacturing complexes came to a standstill. More than 100 toxic releases occurred during the storm with over 500 million gallons of toxic industrial waste coming from just one plant. One spectacular event occurred when the inventory caught fire at a plant after it lost electricity. Was the plant adequately prepared? Let’s stop and think, is our community adequately prepared?


October 22, 2018
The Black Sheep Pub

247 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


6:00pm
Dr. Noah Clay / Nanotechnology in Nature, Ancient Times, Today and Beyond Dr. Noah Clay
Director, Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility, PENN
Nanotechnology in Nature, Ancient Times, Today and Beyond
 

Nanotechnology is a relatively new field encompassing human made objects that are so small that they can not be seen with the naked eye. In the past few decades, advances in nanotechnology have enabled seamless use of electronics in our everyday lives and is the focus of a great deal of research in basic science, engineering and medicine. However, nanomaterials had been used unknowingly by humans for millennia to construct porcelain coatings, paints, dyes, swords, stained glass and sculpture. These early uses of nanotechnology were undoubtedly inspired by nature: bright colors in flowers, spider’s silk, gecko’s feet, shells, butterfly wings and lotus flowers. In this talk, I will connect the objects we see in nature with ancient uses, today’s nano-devices and provide thoughts on where this incredible field will further impact our lives in the next decades.


October 15, 2018
Stoney’s British Pub

3007 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE


7:30pm
Arjun G. Yodh / Coffee Rings Arjun G. Yodh
Physics & Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
Coffee Rings
 

In this talk, I will discuss the science needed to understand a drying drop of coffee. We will see that even this very simple effect depends on many factors, ranging from water evaporation and fluid convection within the drop, to tension at the air-water surface and pinning of the liquid-solid contact line onto the counter-top. This rich phenomenology is also important for practical applications related to coatings, printing, painting, and even genotyping. I will describe a series simple drying experiments, on increasingly more complex fluids, that reveal the zoology of physics ideas underlying this everyday occurrence.


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