March 1, 2009 § Leave a comment


Does theory guide experimental science or does metaphor? By using the very small–nanometric bits of matter and void–and an architectural metaphor as guide, materials chemist and nanoarchitect Debra Rolison describes how to adapt ethereal aerogels into materials that exhibit more: more opportunities to design functional materials with higher performance. Aerogels are the lightest solids known: composities of being and nothingness in which a thread-like network of solid (oxide, carbon, ceramic) winds through a sea of void. Just as the open space in buildings is critical to their usefulness–and aesthetics–so, too, the interconnected nothing in nanoarchitectures is critical to painting the walls, laying electrical wiring, and bestrewing about functional objets d’art. More of less truly is more!

April Tsui, an artist and designer from Los Angeles, will bring us a marvelous show and tell of her exploration of aerogels and a number of other materials, including bubblegum. She will talk about how aerogel taught her to look at materials from a childlike perspective. Her creative process is a journey about finding that moment of wonder to get lost in and play. In replicating one moment, she made the jump from bubblegum to creating dynamic textures.

And Roald Hoffmann may read some poems on materials.


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