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Drexel University, Hagerty Library – L33, 3300 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


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From Anstrom to Nanometer: A Long Disorienting Journey of Nanotechnology Translation

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Sharon Ku, PhD, assistant research professor, Drexel University; PhD, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University


Nanotechnology has been portrayed as a powerful technology that possesses the ability to manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular scale. Since 2001, the U.S. government has invested 20 billion USD to support the nanotechnology translation aiming to channel laboratory-based nanoscience to innovative R&D that has economic and societal benefits.

This talk will examine the current knowledge translation discourse,  tracing the biographies of three nanoscale objects: NIST-certified NanoGold Reference Material, ASTM Inter-laboratory Studies, and a drinking supplement MESOGOLD.

Ku will illustrate the socio-technical paths of gold nanoparticles throughout their entire life cycle, and point out underlying policy issues and opportunities for STS researchers to be engaged in these discussions.

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Lauren Farmer, Program Coordinator