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Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Introduction to Nanotechnology
for showing us where the future advances in science will
come from, the super small, ie. Nanotechnology.

Introduction to Nanotechnology
The New Science of Small
Lectures by Professor Shana Kelley
and Professor Ted Sargent

Introduction to Nanotechnology (2012)
24 lectures, 12 hours
Introduction to Nanotechnology at TheGreatCourses.com

In 1959, renowned physicist Richard Feynman delivered a prophetic talk to colleagues. He pointed out that no law of nature exists that can prevent scientists from manipulating individual atoms and making almost any product imaginable. It was a bold prediction filled with mind-boggling applications ripped straight from the pages of a science fiction novel.

Now, half a century after Feynman's forecasts, these science fiction conceits are fast becoming scientific fact. And it's all the result of scientists' meticulous investigations into the nanoworld - the atomic realm where distances are measured in billionths of a meter. What we've discovered at the nanoscale has sparked an ever-expanding technological revolution - one that will continue to touch nearly every aspect of human life and will fast become a game-changer in many fields, including

  • engineering, where experiments in materials science will deliver new materials with spectacular properties;
  • communications, where computers are quickly becoming smaller and more powerful than ever before; and
  • medicine, where new technologies can soon help doctors target and treat diseases and illnesses that traditional medical tools can't touch.

In fact, you can already witness the startling power of nanotechnology in once-fantastical but now-possible tools, products, and services such as these:

  • Smartphones: These ubiquitous devices add a multitude of features to a mobile phone, including a web browser, camera, media player, GPS unit, and energy-dense battery.
  • Nano-packaged drugs: Synthetic nanostructures such as liposomes can deliver medication directly to diseased cells, avoiding damage to healthy tissues.
  • Gold nanoparticles: Uniquely useful, nano-size particles of gold have applications ranging from inexpensive pregnancy tests to pathogen-killing treatments.

These and countless other developments are made possible by new techniques that operate at an inconceivably tiny scale. The nanoworld has now become a workshop for chemists, biologists, physicists, and engineers as they collaborate to create a flood of innovations that are defining 21st-century technology.

Two prominent specialists team up to explore this exciting new frontier in Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small. In 24 accessible and visually rich half-hour lectures, you get an in-depth explanation of nanotechnology and how it is possible to work in a domain that is nine orders of magnitude smaller than humans - comparable to the difference in scale between you and the sun.

Your guides are Professors Ted Sargent and Shana Kelley of the University of Toronto. One is an electrical engineer, the other a biochemist. Both are dynamic researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs at the forefront of this amazing interdisciplinary effort.

Professor Shana Kelley is a Professor in the Division of Biomolecular Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

Professor Ted Sargent holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnlogy at the University of Toronto.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: The Crossroads of 21st-Century Science 13: Delivering Drugs with “Smart” Nanocapsules
2: The Fundamental Importance of Being Nano 14: Nanoscale Surgical Tools
3: From Micro to Nano—Scaling in a Digital World 15: Nanomaterials for Artificial Tissue
4: Leveraging the Nanometer in Computing 16: How Nano Research Gets Done
5: Leveraging the Nanometer in Communications 17: Nanomotifs—Building Blocks, Complex Structures
6: Sensing the World through Nanoengineering 18: Using Nanotechnology to Capture Sunlight
7: Nanomedicine—DNA and Gold Nanoparticles 19: Photons to Electricity—Nano-Based Solar Cells
8: Nano and Proteins—Enzymes to Cholesterol 20: Nanotechnology for Storing Energy
9: Nanoparticles Detect Cancer in Living Organisms 21: Nanotechnology for Releasing Energy
10: Detecting Only a Few Molecules of a Disease 22: Energy’s Holy Grail—Artificial Photosynthesis
11: Nanomaterials That Seek and Destroy Disease 23: Nanorobots and Nature’s Nanomachines
12: How Nanomaterials Improve Drug Delivery 24: On the Horizon and in the Far Future


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Introduction to Nanotechnology
The New Science of Small
Lectures by Professor Shana Kelley
and Professor Ted Sargent

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Introduction to Nanotechnology
for showing us where the future advances in science will
come from, the super small, ie. Nanotechnology.