The SPIE Optics + Photonics Nanoscience and Engineering Plenary session on Monday, 11 August, provided a series of talks that addressed topics from the foundation of the field to the extent of its applications.
Rajesh R. Naik of the Air Force Research Lab. discussed the use of biological materials as nanostructures and their applications in biomedical and sensing arenas. He explained that the ability to control these material properties opens up a new range of applications from lubricants to batteries technology for energy storage. Some of the challenges in this area are in developing fabrication processes that allow for the control of particle shape and size. The use of biological materials like DNA, proteins, and peptides can assist in this challenge by providing templates for nanomaterial growth.
Read about more of the plenary talks at the SPIE O+P onsite news.