Nano tech is subject of pub talk
Informal lecture will take place at Calapooia Brewing Co. in Albany
University of Oregon scientist David C. Johnson will take the minuscule world of nanotechnology on the road to Albany for an informal “science pub” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Calapooia Brewing Co., 140 Hill St. N.E.
In his talk, “Nanotechnology: Unveiling the big world of the very small,” Johnson will describe how materials barely a billionth of a meter in size are about to revolutionize such things as computer technology, renewable energy, medicine and building materials.
The event is open to the public. Admission is free, but visitors will be responsible for the costs of their food and beverages.
Visitors under age 18 are welcome; however, a guardian or other responsible adult should place their food and beverage orders.
Science pubs originated in the 1990s in the United Kingdom and have since spread in popularity across the United States, with more than 150 cities hosting these informal lectures combined with food and drink, according to USA Today in December.
The National Science Foundation-supported Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry — led by researchers at the UO and Oregon State University — is sponsoring the Albany science pub.
Johnson, a center co-director responsible for educational efforts, is the UO’s Rosaria P. Haugland Chair in Pure and Applied Chemistry.
He joined the UO faculty in 1986, and takes a non-traditional approach to chemical synthesis that has resulted in the development of many new materials with practical applications.