Saturday, May 21, 2016

Week 8: Nanotechnology and Art

            After watching Dr. Gimzewski’s lectures on nanotechnology and art I became aware of how this technology is a field full of possibilities. Nanotechnology surrounds us in everyday objects; however, the size of these particles is so minute that it goes unnoticed how imperative nanoparticles are.
The basis of nanotechnology and the discovery of these atoms began by using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. This microscope provides the ability to “feel” the atoms and can map out their position. To map out the atoms, this microscope undergoes a rastering process where it converts a simple image into a basic map. Generating a map begins by taking a blank canvas and shading it in with color, similar to a heat map. This canvas depicts which areas contain more atoms and the information is then transferred to a computer and using computer technology one can build the model of an atom. Additionally, the microscope can bring atoms very close to one another, where these individuals can make partial atomic bonds. This technology allows for art to be created, as manipulating the atoms can lead to creating shapes and structures, seen in the work of Don Eigler.
Relating to nanotechnology, nanoparticles are one of the most important things dealing with our society and commercial business today. Nanoparticles can be seen in stained glass, where the particles combine together and create an image with varying colors that cannot be created from normal pigments. Additionally, nanoparticles have the lotus leaf effect, where they can change properties, which is why water runs off of the lotus leaf. Today, these nanoparticles can be seen in self-cleaning fabrics, furniture, and upholstery.
The world of nanotechnology and art is full of endless possibilities and it is a field that can be explored in much greater depth. The advancement of technology will only increase the ability to discover the world of minute particles and build them into something beneficial for our society.

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  1. I also watched Dr. Gimzewski's video and was in awe of the possibilities of nanotechnology. It's interesting to me to see how someone can manipulate something on an atomic level and create a new object. I liked the stained glass example because I think it really shows the artistic side of nanotechnology an what people can do with it. It'll be interesting to see what scientists and artists can continue to do with this technology.

  2. Goldy,

    I thought your point on nanoparticles and their importance was very relevant. It is amazing to hear how nanoparticles are everywhere in our lives, and make up a lot of things, many of which involve art.