We had a great time at the TEDxVT lab! We interacted with a broad swath of the community during the day and got some good feedback. It was a nice piggyback to the SNO conference but I wish we had a few more days in between the two events to recover.
Matt and I live tweeted the event and I used tweetdeck’s new feature to create summary of some of our live tweets.
Check them out here.
Our booth included 2 hands-on demos to explain about nano. The “messy” demo showed the importance of surface area by comparing the reaction between soda and both iron fillings and rusty nails. Imagine a cleaner version of the mentos/soda or anti-acid/soda rocket. In the second demo we introduced a dilute salt to a solution of gold nanoparticles to induce aggregation. Benny, a teddy bear toy, containing silver nanoparticles, also helped to draw in many people. You can find out more about Benny in the updated Nanotechnology Consumer Product Inventory, a project spearheaded by our very own Marina Vance.