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June 2013 Café Scientifique

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June 2013 Café Scientifique

Wednesday 26 June 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm

Waiter! There's nanotechnology in my soup!

Dr Michelle Dickinson
Senior Lecturer, 
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland

Nanotechnology seems to be sneaking into everything around us. We’re told it’s going to make the world a better place, but how much do we know about the use of nanotechnology in our day to day lives - should we be worried about the use of nanotechnology in our food, for instance?  Michelle will uncover some of the mystery behind this new science called nanotechnology, and how much of what sounds like science fiction may already be science fact.

Michelle Dickinson is a nanotechnologist who has recently moved from a consulting position in industry to the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland.  Her work involves the use of nanotechnology in medical and technology research.   Michelle is also a science advisor for TV3 and a contributor to Green Ideas Magazine.  Her passion is to encourage environmentally sustainable living through engineering design – when she is not in her research lab you can catch her cycling around the city, or tending to her permaculture garden.

Watch Dr Michelle Dickinson speaking at TedX Auckland 2012

Nanogirl, My Quest to Become a Superhero