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Sustainable Nano

Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

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Curious about nanotechnology, sustainability, and life in science? The Sustainable Nano podcast is produced by the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a chemistry research center funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 34 Winter Holiday Mini-Episode: Colorful Carbon Dots

Winter can get pretty dark, especially in northern latitudes, and many cultures have winter holidays that feature and celebrate lights. For our last episode of 2019 we decided to talk about the bright and colorful chemistry of carbon dots!

8 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Ep. 34 Winter Holiday Mini-Episode: Colorful Carbon Dots

Ep. 33 It Just Didn't Feel Like Me: Belonging and Sexism in Science

How often do college women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience sexism? And how do these experiences affect their likelihood of staying in scientific fields? In this episode we talk with Majel Baker, a counseling psychologist who investigated these questions in her doctoral dissertation. Spoiler alert: sexism is bad. But there are ways we can work to improve the situation.

48 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Ep. 33 It Just Didn't Feel Like Me: Belonging and Sexism in Science

Ep 32. An Electronic Circuit on Every Seed?

What if every seed you planted could include a sensor to monitor moisture and nutrients? What if every tissue had nanoscale electronics to check for viruses when you blew your nose? Our fourth season launches with an interview about the future of nanotransistor technology with Professor Mike Filler from Georgia Tech.

36 MIN2019 OCT 30
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Ep 32. An Electronic Circuit on Every Seed?

Season 4 Preview

Sustainable Nano Season 4 is coming soon!

1 MIN2019 OCT 30
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Season 4 Preview

Ep 31. Jumping Asteroid Clouds: Supporting Vulnerable Learners in Educational Achievement

Last November, Dr. Cat Hicks wrote an essay on Medium called "Reading vulnerable learners' applications to grad school: we need to stop failing them." In this episode of the podcast, University of Minnesota graduate student Becky Rodriguez interviews Dr. Hicks about her essay, her educational and career path, and how our educational system can be stacked against vulnerable learners. She offers some advice for applicants, those who review applications, and others who may just want to help. "A truly inclusive and diverse future will produce way better work, and you only get there by saying, 'we have to be comfortable with letting people be different.'" Our conversation is especially relevant given recent conversations about unfairness and fraud in U.S. college admissions. (And if you want to know what any of this has to do with asteroid fields, you'll just have to listen to the episode.)

48 MIN2019 MAR 23
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Ep 31. Jumping Asteroid Clouds: Supporting Vulnerable Learners in Educational Achievement

Ep 30. Nanocomposites: Getting the Best of Two Worlds

What could be cooler than a technology that uses nanomaterials? How about one with two nanomaterials working together? Nanocomposites bring together two or more nanoscale materials to take advantage of their combined features to get what Dr. Klaus Müllen calls "the best out of two worlds." Dr. Müllen is an emeritus director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, where his work ranges from the chemistry and physics of small molecules to nanocomposites and biosynthetic hybrids. In this interview he talks about how a fascination with color got him into chemistry, some of the many technological applications for nanocomposites, and some candid advice for young scientists.

25 MIN2019 FEB 23
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Ep 30. Nanocomposites: Getting the Best of Two Worlds

Ep 29. Green is the Color of Chemistry

Dr. Mary Kirchhoff is Executive Vice President of Scientific Advancement at the American Chemical Society and Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Her career has spanned a variety of experiences related to sustainability in chemistry, including working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's green chemistry program and co-editing a book on *Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments.* In this episode, Dr. Kirchhoff shares insights from her career and and the importance of green chemistry with two graduate student interviewers from the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

21 MIN2019 JAN 10
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Ep 29. Green is the Color of Chemistry

Ep 28. Who's Not In the Room and Why Not? Inclusivity and Bias Across Class Backgrounds in College Education

Alvin Chang, Senior Graphics Reporter for Vox, wrote and illustrated an article last year called "The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained with a cartoon." In this episode of the podcast, we share the audio of a webinar that Chang presented about his work for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. He tackles challenging issues of class, bias, and educational attainment using clear illustrations (verbal as well as visual!) and simple analogies that are relevant far beyond the world of academic science.

32 MIN2018 DEC 1
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Ep 28. Who's Not In the Room and Why Not? Inclusivity and Bias Across Class Backgrounds in College Education

Ep 27. The Constant Loop: How Nanoparticles and the Environment Affect Each Other

Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LCO) is an important nanomaterial used in batteries, but little is known about what happens when it gets exposed to the environment. In this episode we interview Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology graduate student Liz Laudadio, who was the first author on a recent paper about what happens to LCO when it gets exposed to phosphates in water. We discuss why phosphates are important and next steps to understanding potential environmental impacts of nanomaterials: "It's a constant loop of, How do nanoparticles affect the environment? How does the environment affect nanoparticles?"

21 MIN2018 NOV 2
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Ep 27. The Constant Loop: How Nanoparticles and the Environment Affect Each Other

Ep 26. Nanomaterials and Renewable Energy: From Solar Panels to Machine Learning

How are photons like toddlers? And what does that have to do with solar energy? Dr. Jillian Buriak has been researching nanomaterials and renewable energy for over a decade, including work to improve solar panel technology. In this first episode of the Sustainable Nano Podcast's third season, we interview Dr. Buriak, who is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair of Nanomaterials for Energy, about her research, career path, and even some advice for junior scientists.

21 MIN2018 OCT 19
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Ep 26. Nanomaterials and Renewable Energy: From Solar Panels to Machine Learning

Latest Episodes

Ep. 34 Winter Holiday Mini-Episode: Colorful Carbon Dots

Winter can get pretty dark, especially in northern latitudes, and many cultures have winter holidays that feature and celebrate lights. For our last episode of 2019 we decided to talk about the bright and colorful chemistry of carbon dots!

8 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
Ep. 34 Winter Holiday Mini-Episode: Colorful Carbon Dots

Ep. 33 It Just Didn't Feel Like Me: Belonging and Sexism in Science

How often do college women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience sexism? And how do these experiences affect their likelihood of staying in scientific fields? In this episode we talk with Majel Baker, a counseling psychologist who investigated these questions in her doctoral dissertation. Spoiler alert: sexism is bad. But there are ways we can work to improve the situation.

48 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Ep. 33 It Just Didn't Feel Like Me: Belonging and Sexism in Science

Ep 32. An Electronic Circuit on Every Seed?

What if every seed you planted could include a sensor to monitor moisture and nutrients? What if every tissue had nanoscale electronics to check for viruses when you blew your nose? Our fourth season launches with an interview about the future of nanotransistor technology with Professor Mike Filler from Georgia Tech.

36 MIN2019 OCT 30
Comments
Ep 32. An Electronic Circuit on Every Seed?

Season 4 Preview

Sustainable Nano Season 4 is coming soon!

1 MIN2019 OCT 30
Comments
Season 4 Preview

Ep 31. Jumping Asteroid Clouds: Supporting Vulnerable Learners in Educational Achievement

Last November, Dr. Cat Hicks wrote an essay on Medium called "Reading vulnerable learners' applications to grad school: we need to stop failing them." In this episode of the podcast, University of Minnesota graduate student Becky Rodriguez interviews Dr. Hicks about her essay, her educational and career path, and how our educational system can be stacked against vulnerable learners. She offers some advice for applicants, those who review applications, and others who may just want to help. "A truly inclusive and diverse future will produce way better work, and you only get there by saying, 'we have to be comfortable with letting people be different.'" Our conversation is especially relevant given recent conversations about unfairness and fraud in U.S. college admissions. (And if you want to know what any of this has to do with asteroid fields, you'll just have to listen to the episode.)

48 MIN2019 MAR 23
Comments
Ep 31. Jumping Asteroid Clouds: Supporting Vulnerable Learners in Educational Achievement

Ep 30. Nanocomposites: Getting the Best of Two Worlds

What could be cooler than a technology that uses nanomaterials? How about one with two nanomaterials working together? Nanocomposites bring together two or more nanoscale materials to take advantage of their combined features to get what Dr. Klaus Müllen calls "the best out of two worlds." Dr. Müllen is an emeritus director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, where his work ranges from the chemistry and physics of small molecules to nanocomposites and biosynthetic hybrids. In this interview he talks about how a fascination with color got him into chemistry, some of the many technological applications for nanocomposites, and some candid advice for young scientists.

25 MIN2019 FEB 23
Comments
Ep 30. Nanocomposites: Getting the Best of Two Worlds

Ep 29. Green is the Color of Chemistry

Dr. Mary Kirchhoff is Executive Vice President of Scientific Advancement at the American Chemical Society and Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Her career has spanned a variety of experiences related to sustainability in chemistry, including working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's green chemistry program and co-editing a book on *Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments.* In this episode, Dr. Kirchhoff shares insights from her career and and the importance of green chemistry with two graduate student interviewers from the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

21 MIN2019 JAN 10
Comments
Ep 29. Green is the Color of Chemistry

Ep 28. Who's Not In the Room and Why Not? Inclusivity and Bias Across Class Backgrounds in College Education

Alvin Chang, Senior Graphics Reporter for Vox, wrote and illustrated an article last year called "The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained with a cartoon." In this episode of the podcast, we share the audio of a webinar that Chang presented about his work for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. He tackles challenging issues of class, bias, and educational attainment using clear illustrations (verbal as well as visual!) and simple analogies that are relevant far beyond the world of academic science.

32 MIN2018 DEC 1
Comments
Ep 28. Who's Not In the Room and Why Not? Inclusivity and Bias Across Class Backgrounds in College Education

Ep 27. The Constant Loop: How Nanoparticles and the Environment Affect Each Other

Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LCO) is an important nanomaterial used in batteries, but little is known about what happens when it gets exposed to the environment. In this episode we interview Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology graduate student Liz Laudadio, who was the first author on a recent paper about what happens to LCO when it gets exposed to phosphates in water. We discuss why phosphates are important and next steps to understanding potential environmental impacts of nanomaterials: "It's a constant loop of, How do nanoparticles affect the environment? How does the environment affect nanoparticles?"

21 MIN2018 NOV 2
Comments
Ep 27. The Constant Loop: How Nanoparticles and the Environment Affect Each Other

Ep 26. Nanomaterials and Renewable Energy: From Solar Panels to Machine Learning

How are photons like toddlers? And what does that have to do with solar energy? Dr. Jillian Buriak has been researching nanomaterials and renewable energy for over a decade, including work to improve solar panel technology. In this first episode of the Sustainable Nano Podcast's third season, we interview Dr. Buriak, who is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair of Nanomaterials for Energy, about her research, career path, and even some advice for junior scientists.

21 MIN2018 OCT 19
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Ep 26. Nanomaterials and Renewable Energy: From Solar Panels to Machine Learning
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