Mind the (Nano) Gap brings together an exciting set of exhibits covering different areas of research in nanoscience, which deals with seeing and manipulating objects at the tiniest of scales — a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair! Nature is an expert nanotechnologist as this is what makes geckos able to climb on walls and lotus leaves that don’t get mucky in ponds. In the lab, ‘nano' sized gaps at this tiny scale can help researchers control light, electrons, or the flow of molecules to help measure targets ranging from food allergens to neurotransmitters that tell us about mental health, and also enable faster DNA sequencing for personalised medicine. The researchers from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC) will help visitors learn more about their work and also have some fun with the exhibits — a giant air-tower through which visitors can throw 'DNA Origami' shapes to understand more about nanopore sensing, see sparks flying across a tiny gap to learn about plasmonic effects and also have a chance to play with a microfluidic droplet generator and look at tiny coloured bubbles through a microscope, and try to see if they can make the bubbles follow the path that is set for them.
More information about the exhibit will be available at: nanodtc.cam.ac.uk/