This episode examines how nanotechnology and materials science can be combined to develop brand new substances with a host of useful properties. The guests are Yi Cui and Sarah Heilshorn, both of them Professors of Material Science and members of the interdisciplinary Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials at Stanford University. Each has their own laboratory staffed with graduate students, postdocs and visiting scientists, where they do basic research into the properties of matter at the nanoscale level, and try to apply the knowledge gained to solving real world problems. Yi Cui’s work focuses on energy storage, and he’s made substantial progress increasing the energy density of lithium batteries, which could have a huge impact on everything from mobile electronics to electric automobiles. Sarah Heilshorn is developing new biomedical materials made entirely of engineered proteins for use in regenerative medicine to repair a wide range of bodily ills. Martin Wasserman hosts.
Divided into 3 shorter segments
Segment 1 Prof Yi Cui discusses his work increasing the energy density of lithium batteries, which could have a huge impact on mobile electronics and electric cars
Segment 2 Prof. Sarah Heilshorn discusses her efforts to create new biomedical materials made entirely of engineered proteins for use in regenerative medicine.
Segment 3 Profs. Cui and Heilshorn discuss the culture of scientific research, and how knowledge is leveraged in the laboratory.