Sunday April 1st, 2012

noon - 4:00pm

Have you ever wondered what a nanoscientist does?

Join Cornell University and the Sciencenter for a free public event about nanoscience and technology on Cornell's campus. Family-friendly activities include: lectures, hands-on programs, learning labs, and limited tours of the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF).

Parking available in the Hoy Road Parking Garage (free). Limited handicap parking in front of Phillip Hall. Cornell University, Duffield Hall, Campus Rd & Hoy Rd, Ithaca NY 14850.


NanoDays Speaker
2:00 - 3:00 in 101 Phillips Hall Auditorium

Paul McEuen
Goldwin Smith Professort of Physics, Author of "Spiral", Director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science

"The Future of Small"
For over half a century, the ever-shrinking integrated circuit has been the dominant driver of technological progress. The next 50 years promise even bigger changes as miniaturization and nanotechnology invade other areas of our lives, from healthcare to energy. In this talk, Paul will examine why small is so big and speculate how nano will change your life, both for good and for ill. Paul will also take a detour into the world of fiction and discuss how a full-time scientist ends up moonlighting as a thriller writer.


NanoDays Tours

12:30 - 3:30 meeting in Duffield Atrium

12:30, 1:30, 2:30 3:30 Clean Room tours
12:30, 1:30, 2:30 3:30 Walk about tours of CNF


NanoDays Activities

12:00 - 4:00 Duffield Atrium

Togging Up!: Dress like a nanoscientist and pose for a photo op!
Exploring Size - Scented Balloons: Visitors use their sense of smell to explore the world on the nanoscale. They learn that we can smell some things that are too small to see, and that a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.
Exploring Products – Sunblock: A hands-on activity comparing sunblock containing nanoparticles to ointment. Visitors learn how some sunblocks that rub in clear contain nanoparticles that block harmful rays from the sun.
UV-Beads: Learn how Transition lenses work and become a UV detective by creating a UV bead bracelet.
Diffraction: Visitors will see light diffraction demonstrations and learn the  applications of diffraction in x-ray crystallography. Participants will then  use of this technique to determine the structure of molecules and proteins. Participants will then produce their own transmission holograms.
Fuel Cell: Learn about these new energy conversion and storage technologies.  Watch a hydrogen powered car.  Join-in a hands-on build your own electrolyzer and watch hydrogen and oxygen bubble out of water.  See the insides of a lab battery.  Learn how we test new battery and fuel cell materials in the lab.
Other activities include: ProScopes, Static Electricity, Graphene, Hydrogel, and more!


Collaborating Groups

Program quetsions? Contacting us by email at or by phone at (607) 255-1486.