Seminar: Nanotechnology and Our Lives
The Wonder World of Meta Materials


Professor Xiang Zhang
Member of National Academy of Engineering;
Inaugural Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chaired Professor, UC Berkeley;
Director of NSF Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC)


  • NUAABA (Nanjing University Alumni Association at Bay Area)
  • Yahoo! Chinese ERG (Employees Resource Group)

Event Description

Can we make gold and diamond out of the sand?  Most of us already know that this is no longer the fairy tales or science fictions.  As we all know, at the heart of all computers and other electronic devices ubiquitous in today’s world are the silicon chips; and those chips are made from sands.  Have you ever wonder what else can we do to the ordinary materials in our life?  What might be the next wave? 

Scientists have already shown that we can actually make diamond from coals by rearranging the atoms and changing the properties of the material.  We can do a lot more.  In the future, we will be able to arrange and rearrange atoms and molecules of any substances just like we do with the LEGO blocks. Soon enough, we will be able to make affordable materials to make a car that weighs only fifty kilograms, or a full-sized sofa that can be lifted with one hand.  We can make instruments of such precision and deftness that surgical operations can be performed on the cells.  

If you ever wonder about what tomorrow would look like, you definitely do not want to miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Professor Zhang at this seminar on Saturday, October 23.  At this informal discussion, Professor Zhang, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, who is also an alumna of Nanjing University, will share his insights on the meta materials and nanotechnology manufacturing that are changing our daily lives.  They are not sci-fi’s or Hollywood movies, but will be far more fascinating!   

Professor Zhang will also share his personal stories, cover the topics of next generation of technology and its impact on the Silicon Valley and China, and also answer your questions.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Registration and Networking

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm  Presentation and Q&A
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm  Networking
Yahoo! Classroom 9 & 10, Building E, 700 First Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089


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