By Michael Filler
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Nanotechnology is a more precise way of doing everything — making things, assembling things, measuring things, sorting things, etc. From construction and energy to health and information technology, few industries will be immune to its influence. The Nanovation podcast is a forum to address the big questions, challenges, and opportunities of nanotechnology. Topics lie at the intersection of nanoscience, manufacturing, technology, business, and society. The podcast is conversational in format and aimed at a general, yet technically-savvy audience. Nanovation is hosted by Prof. Michael Filler from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
||Clean35: Elizabeth Nance - Why I’m fascinated by diffusion||Elizabeth Nance from the University of Washington talks about the use of nanoparticles to treat neurological diseases. We discuss what makes nanoparticles such interesting vehicles for delivering drugs to the brain, how her lab interrogates...||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: Matt McDowell - Fancy Latin words||Matt McDowell is an expert in electrochemical materials and devices. On this episode, we talk about everything batteries — how they work, the state-of-the-art, what still needs to be improved, and what options are on the table for future technologies.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: Andrew Cannon - He's one of those scientists||Andrew Cannon started 1900 Engineering to commercialize a microcontact printing-based technology to map strain in high performance materials. His technology helps engineers understand when and how parts fatigue, knowledge that is critically important...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32: Stacey Bent - A Ph.D. thesis in Russia||Stacey Bent from Stanford University joins the podcast to talk about Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), a technique used to modify the composition and properties of surfaces. Since a large fraction of the atoms in nanostructures exist on the surface, ALD...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: John Randall - The way I ended up being a nanofabricator||John Randall, the President of Zyvex Labs, joins the podcast to discuss his far reaching vision for nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing. We discuss what he calls Digital Atomic Scale Fabrication, the future products it might enable, the critical need..||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Eric Furst - A crystalline solid of yummy, delicious chocolate||Eric Furst from the University of Delaware is an expert in self-assembly -- the Harry Potter-esque ability of materials to assemble themselves into well-defined structures. We talk about where we are, where we are going, and what makes controlling...||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Lynn Loo - You've just stepped on my soapbox||Lynn Loo from Princeton University joins the podcast to talk about organic semiconductors -- Si and GaAs's far more tunable and flexible siblings -- and the applications where they shine. We also touch on the value of industry/academic partnerships...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Dennis Hess - That's a big big number||Dennis Hess from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech joins the podcast to talk about the early days of the semiconductor industry. We discuss the birth of Fairchild Semiconductor, the so-called "traitorous eight," and...||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Bara Cola - Naive is not a strong enough word||Bara Cola makes an encore appearance on the podcast to chat about Carbice, a company he founded to commercialize next generation heat transfer materials for cooling electronic devices. We discuss the value and challenge of maintaining business...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Jen Dionne - The light at the end of the tunnel||Jen Dionne from Stanford University is the first guest of 2017! We focus on optical metamaterials -- engineered materials whose nanoscale architecture enables exotic interactions with light. We explore technological possibilities ranging from improved..||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Vivian Ferry - What constraints are really constraints?||On this quadranscentennial episode of Nanovation, Vivian Ferry from the University of Minnesota joins the podcast to talk about nanophotonics -- the ability to squeeze light into and manipulate it with nanoscale objects. We talk about the use of...||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Jim Pfaendtner - Our science is at HD||Jim Pfaendtner is a chemical engineer at the University of Washington in Seattle. He joined the podcast to talk about data — the flood of it from modern experiments and simulations, the challenge of dealing with it, and its potential to transform the.||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Eray Aydil - Go to the lab and make "accidents" happen||Eray Aydil from the University of Minnesota joins the podcast to discuss surfaces — the boundaries between two phases. We talk about what they are, how they're interrogated, and why they’re important. Along the way, we touch on the changing...||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Alphabet Energy - That’s a useless thermoelectric material||John Reifenberg, Jeff Weisse, and Tapan Patel from the start-up company Alphabet Energy join the podcast to discuss something all around us: heat. Alphabet Energy is trying to harvest waste heat and, in doing so, increase the energy efficiency of...||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Chris Toumey - Writing is a lot of hard work||Chris Toumey is an anthropologist who specializes in the societal and cultural issues surrounding nanotechnology. We cover a lot of ground in our discussion, including the origins of nanotechnology, how its potential to fundamentally impact the human...||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Mark Hersam - You get a phone call out of the blue||Mark Hersam is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University and MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant winner. He's a pioneer in the area of nanomaterials separations, the processes by which nanomaterials are purified. We...||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Doug Natelson - Look, I'm a physicist, I have met people like Sheldon||Doug Natelson is a different kind of geek. He's an expert in the physics of nanoscale materials, but he’s also a world-class science communicator. Doug authors the blog Nanoscale Views, where he writes about a range of general interest and technical..||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Ivan Oransky - It would be both inadvisable and highly illegal for me to treat any patients||Ivan Oransky is the co-founder (with his colleague Adam Marcus) of Retraction Watch, a website that tracks retractions in the scientific literature. This episode was recorded during Ivan's visit to Georgia Tech to give the Phillips 66 / C.J. "Pete"...||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Taylor Harvey - I’m not going to give you any money to do it, but you should do it||Taylor Harvey is the co-founder of Lucelo Technologies, a company working on low cost solar cell manufacturing. We chat about what’s really needed in the solar market, the often frustrating challenge of raising capital, and how an initially niche...||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Mark Styczynski - The yeast are just as smart as before I got them||Mark Styczynski is a systems biologist and Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He knows very little about nanotechnology, but that's the point. We discuss what biotechnologists and nanotechnologists don't...||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Jordi Arbiol - Anyone can do TEM||Jordi Arbiol from the Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Barcelona, Spain joins the podcast to talk about electron microscopy and its remarkable ability to visualize nanomaterials in atomic-level detail. Show notes are available...||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Matthew Realff - There's no free lunch||Special guest Matthew Realff from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech joins the show. We chat about wind energy, carpet recycling, coke bottles, sucking carbon dioxide out of the air, and the "chemical...||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: John Hart - The Home Depot for nanomaterials||What do you get when you combine current events and nanotechnology? NanoBama, a carbon nanotube based picture of the 44th President of the United States. John Hart, the leader of the MechanoSynthesis group at MIT, joins the podcast to talk about his...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Charlie Bennett - Heat the bonkers out of it||Charlie Bennett is back! We start by chatting about the joys and challenges of hosting Nanovation. Then, within the context of the movie Terminator Genisys, which is truly awful, we discuss self-replicating nanomachines. We overview their original...||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Brian Korgel - Even the simple things are hard||Brian Korgel from the University of Texas at Austin joins the podcast to reminisce about nano's past and ponder its future. We chat about his formative years as a graduate student, the giants whose shoulders he has stood upon, and a (long forgotten)...||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Nancy Healy - Mr. Whatever-his-name-is made too much meatball sauce||Nancy Healy is the director of education and outreach for the National Science Foundation funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). A recovering micropaleontologist, she oversees activities at the 16 primary NNCI sites around...||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Fred Rascoe - Don’t put it on your CV||Fred Rascoe from the Georgia Tech Library joins the podcast to talk about the changing world of academic publishing. We discuss the existing paradigm, why it is under attack, and what we can expect going forward. Along the way, we somehow touch on...||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Tobias Hanrath - This guy is totally crazy||Tobias Hanrath is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University, and he's the first remote guest on the podcast. He successfully dodges technical difficulties to talk about nanoparticles, nanocrystals, quantum...||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Suresh Sharma - The valley of death||Today’s guest is Suresh Sharma, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgia Tech. After a successful business career, he now works alongside faculty to translate their scientific breakthroughs into commercial products. He joined the podcast to talk about.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Saujan Sivaram - We need a fact checking team||Dr. Saujan Sivaram, a recent graduate of the Filler Lab, joins the podcast to talk about semiconductor nanowires. We chat about how these rod-like materials are made, the idea of “functional encoding,” and the challenges that lie ahead. We finish wi||3/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Craig Green - I'm shocked that people were shocked||Dr. Craig Green of InvisiCool and Carbice Nanotechnologies joins the podcast to talk low tech nanotech, nanotechnology safety, and the pesky problem of unforeseen consequences. Have you ever wondered what skin care and integrated circuits have in...||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Eric Vogel - The original nano||This week's guest is Eric Vogel, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN). We talk transistors — the original nanotechnology — and what these..||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Jonathan Goldman - They want it green instead of blue||This episode's guest is Jonathan Goldman, an Atlanta-based technologist who wears many hats. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and a Principal at the Georgia Tech VentureLab. He joined me to discuss...||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Bara Cola - Anyone can be an expert||Today's guest is Bara Cola, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Once a walk-on college football player, Bara currently runs the NEST lab and is a world expert on the use of carbon nanotubes (and related materials) in...||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Charlie Bennett - Thank you for your email, I will never answer it||Today's guest is Charlie Bennett, an undergraduate programming and engagement librarian at Georgia Tech. He’s also a friend and podcasting guru. You can hear him on his podcasts Lost in the Stacks, Consilience with Pete and Charlie, and several more..||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great niche podcast!
If you are at all interested in the nanotechnology field, this is a good podcast for you. The academic level is well balanced- not too difficult to understand for those with a basic understanding of engineering and/or science, but more detailed than many of the podcasts categorized as science. There is also a great mix of topics. For example, some discuss specific nanotechnologies like silicon nanowires and carbon nanotubes, but there are also discussions on the difficulties of scale-up and the safety and environmental concerns of nanomanufacturing. I would definitely recommend for those looking for a new podcast!
Great podcast for everyone!
I discovered this podcast after I went to Dr. Filler's amazing talk at a conference and looked up his name. This is a great podcast for anyone interested in nano science and technology. It addresses a wide variety of interesting topics to get everyone interested, and provides comprehensive information on each topic such that it is easy enough for a general audience to understand the content. Overall, a great podcast and I would recommend it to everyone!
Informative, funny, nonchalant, inspiring.