On Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 11am BST Professor Joseph Wang
from University California San Diego will be giving a talk on Catalytic Nanomachines at the Hamlyn Centre at South
Kensington Campus of the Imperial College.
The Seminar is free to attend, however, advance
registration is required at www.nanomachines.eventbrite.com as places are limited.
The talk will be
entitled Catalytic Nanomachines:
Design and Biomedical Applications and the abstract for the talk is as follows: The remarkable performance of biomotors is inspiring
scientists to create synthetic nanomachines that mimic the function of these
amazing natural systems. This presentation will discuss the challenges
and opportunities facing the design and operation of artificial nanomotors and
demonstrate their prospects for diverse biomedical applications. Particular
attention will be given to catalytic nanowire and microtube motors propelled by
the catalytic decomposition of a chemical fuel, as well as to fuel-free
(magnetically or electrically-driven) nanomotors. While artificial nanomotors still
pale compared to nature biomotors, recent advances indicate significant
improvements in the velocity, power, motion control, cargo-towing force, scope
and versatility of such catalytic nanomotors. The greatly improved capabilities
of chemically-powered artificial nanomotors could pave the way to exciting and
important applications ranging from drug delivery to nanosurgery, and to
sophisticated nanoscale devices performing complex tasks.
The poster for the talk is available here and can be
shared within interested parties.