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Nanomanufacturing expert to give free public talks at IUPUI

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October 16, 2012

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A nanomanufacturing expert will deliver two free public talks for researchers and the general public this month at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing involve a brave new world in which scientists and others are studying, manipulating and controlling individual atoms and molecules. The goal is to take advantage of the “alternate” reality found at extremely small -- nano -- levels of matter.

Gases, liquids and solids at the nanoscale -- one nanometer is a billionth of a meter -- can exhibit unusual physical, chemical and biological properties.

Today's scientists and engineers are finding ways to make materials 1 to 100 nanometers in size in order to harness their properties such as higher strength, increased control of light spectrum and greater chemical reactivity than larger-scale counterparts.

Charalabos "Haris" Doumanidis, founding director of the Nanomanufacturing Program at the National Science Foundation and a consultant for the automation, optoelectronics, biomedical and automotive industries, will present a lecture titled “Nanotechnology Initiative and National Science Foundation Nanomanufacturing Program” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in Room 1116 of University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.

Doumanidis will also present the lecture “Nano-World as Manufacturing Opportunities for Engineering and Medicine Initiative and National Science Foundation Nanomanufacturing Program” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library.

Doumanidis’ talks at IUPUI will provide an overview of the philosophy and background of his research group, which is studying thermomechanical materials processing and manufacturing process modeling and control. Doumanidis will also discuss his current investigations in such nanotech projects as intestinal tissue engineering on electrospun nanofiber scaffolds and the targeted delivery of antibiotics and cancer drugs to fight diseases.

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