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Nano Technology - Are we there yet?


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Nanotechnology, the science of the small, seems equally discussed both as a miracle technology about to save the world, and the stuff of science fiction nightmare. But what is it and where did it come from?

Date and Time

16 November 2017 - 18:30-21:00


Swansea, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - S Wales:Wales South West local network. Contact Hugh Woodward hwoodw2928@aol.com for more information.

About this event

Nanotechnology, the science of the small, seems equally discussed both as a miracle technology about to save the world, and the stuff of science fiction nightmare.  But what is it, where did it come from, and why does it exist as an area of science and engineering to itself? 

This talk will take a non-technical approach to answer these questions, touch on doomed science predictions of the past, include some recent nano-electronics research results from my group and finally answer the most important point: are we there yet?

 Dr Richard Cobley works within the Centre for Nanohealth at Swansea University. His research concerns the fabrication, processing, characterisation and modelling of low-dimensional materials, including metal oxide nanowires and nanosheets, and graphene. He also designs, characterises and models novel electronic devices, particularly those that make use of low-dimensional physical properties, or suffer from confinement or leakage issues due to small sizes. 

 In 2007, Richard was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship to model scanning probe measurements of electronic devices. His research has been funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, EPSRC and A4B (Welsh Government/EU). He’s given many invited public engagement talks on nanotechnology including at the Swansea Science Café, the University of the Third Age, the Royal Society of Chemistry and an IET ‘Living History’ event.


Refreshments available from 6.30pm, lecture begins at 7.00pm
The lecture will be held in:
Room B003 Engineering Central
Swansea University
Bay Campus 
Fabian Way, Swansea

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Additional information

This is a joint event with the Institute of Physcs (IOP) in Wales.

Registration information

This is a free event open to the public. Registration is not essential, but would be appreciated to help us plan the event.


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