Past Event

Nanotechnology: Thinking Big and Building Small

The consumer market has come to love the miniaturization process. A Palm Pilot purchased today has more computing power than personal computers had 20-25 years ago. This innovation boom has come out of nanotechnology, a realm of science that deals with objects that are smaller than 100 nanometers in their largest dimension.

Scientists at the forefront of nano-related research will discuss the fundamentals of this small but important size regime, including its impacts on emerging technologies, and its future application in all aspects of our lives.


  • Dr. Mark Hersam, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Dr. Teri Odom, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University

This program is presented in partnership with Harold Washington College and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events as part of Chicago Science Expedition “Two Weeks Worth of “Wow”!.

This is event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

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If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking

Visit the official Chicago Science Expedition website for a complete listing of events in the series or download the Chicago Science Expedition program booklet.