On certain Saturdays, real life scientists join our educators in The Lab to show off their most recent work. For the month of February, we’ll be exploring nano technology in celebration of Nanomonth at the Museum.
This week: Nanostructures - Nature vs Engineering
Join Dr. Chih-Hao Chang and his students as they lead hands-on activities exploring natural and manmade nanostructures! Many natural organisms have unique microscopic features, which reveal properties that aren’t observed in traditional materials. Observing these features has led to the field of biomimetics—where engineers take inspiration from biology to create new materials that can recreate these fascinating properties.
Dr. Chang is associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University, and his research focuses on multifunctional nanostructured materials and nanomanufacturing. Images from his lab can also be seen in the show Nanostructures: Nature vs Engineering, adjacent to The Lab.
The Lab is located on the second floor and is open from 10am–noon and 1–4pm.