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Sherif Sedky Discusses Nanotechnology's Impact in Provost's Lecture

Sherif Sedky, professor of physics and director of the Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center, delivered the third Provost's Lecture of the spring semester on Sunday, May 8. Sedky, who holds six patents and is the inventor of a new miniaturized device that can convert physical phenomena such as infrared radiation into electrical signals, will discuss the impact and potential of emerging nanotechnology. he lecture, "How Nanotechnology Can Impact Our Lives," focuses on Sedky's assertion that nanotechnology already plays a significant role in our daily lives as evidenced by the large number of products available to consumers -- such as plastics, cosmetics and paint -- that could not be manufactured without this branch of science. "Nanotechnology, which comes from the Greek word for dwarf, is an interdisciplinary field cutting across many areas of science, engineering, research and technology," said Sedky. "In its basic form, nanotechnology is the science that deals with the basic building blocks of nature, namely, atoms and molecules." More broadly, he says "nanotechnology would be the ability to control and manipulate matter on length scales of one to 100 nanometers."
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