February 27, 2010
“What is the Smallest Thing a Person Can See?”
An interactive session led by Dr. Marya Lieberman
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a member of the NDnano Center at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana
Nanotechnology is all about the very smallest structures that nature and people can make. This talk will explore one area of nanotechnology, DNA origami, that uses DNA to build two- and three-dimensional objects. Where do they get the DNA? Is building something out of DNA like building something out of blocks or clay? How do people know what these tiny DNA objects look like if they are too small to see with the naked eye or even with the best microscopes?
Dr. Marya Lieberman is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a member of the NDnano Center at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Lieberman is the director of the Nano-Bioengineering REU program and her teaching interests include general chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, modern spectroscopy, surface and materials chemistry, science literacy, and science policy.