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Science on Tap

Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions


Colorado Springs Science Center Science on Tap Logo Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs.  Presenters begin at 6:30 pm with food and drink available beginning at 6:00 pm.  A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology.  From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.

                                                                           

Next Up:

Monday August 14, 2017
The program starts at 6:30 PM with food and drinks served at 6:00 PM
Jack Quinn's in Downtown Colorado Springs (map below)

Nano-carbon: Across all dimensions.

The element carbon serves as the atomic building block for several nanomaterials that exhibit remarkable structural and optical properties. Whether it is in zero-dimensional buckminsterfullerene (or buckyball), one-dimensional nanotube, or two-dimensional graphene form, nanostructured carbon has the potential to impact areas ranging from electronic circuitry to drug delivery. This presentation will explore the structural makeup, unique properties, and future applications of carbon based nanomaterials. I will also discuss my research involving the interactions between single walled carbon nanotubes and hydrogels in order to enhance material purity for use in both fundamental and applied investigations.

Biography

Dr. Kevin Tvrdy hails from the farming community of Wahoo, Nebraska; and joined the UCCS Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the Fall of 2013. He directs an active research team and teaches courses in Physical Chemistry and Nanoscience. His general research interests lie in the synthesis, purification, and characterization of low dimensional materials and their use in novel devices. His carbonaceous nanomaterial related research involves studying the interactions between single walled carbon nanotubes and hydrogels in order to develop schemes to enhance material purity for use in both fundamental and applied investigations.

 


 

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