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LSU celebrates NanoDays: the biggest event for the tiniest of science

BATON ROUGE – Nanoscale structures, such as a single strand of DNA or gold nanoparticles in church windows, have existed in nature and have been used long before scientists began devoting their studies to them. Recently, this innovative field of study has contributed to numerous discoveries, such as advanced applications in energy, information storage and medicine. Because of its promising future, organizations across the country celebrate NanoDays, a nationwide festival of programs about nanoscale science and engineering.

For the ninth consecutive year, LSU will host NanoDays at the Highland Road Park Observatory, or HRPO, on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2-6 p.m. followed by a presentation by David Young, a professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, “Alternative Energy! Using nanotechnology to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials,” at 6:15 p.m.

The free family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature several hands-on activities for guests of all ages, including:

·         Learn first-hand how a Scanning Probe Microscope helps scientists explore the nanoworld

·         See how nanomaterials are used to make stain-free clothes

·         Play with liquid crystals and magnets

·         Make an Oobleck, a liquid with both liquid and solid properties

In addition, the observatory will have this month’s solar viewing session from 2:00-3:30 p.m. through HRPO’s Coronado Solar Max II. Lunar viewing will take place from 3:15-4:45 p.m. showing a magnified daytime waxing crescent Moon, and Venus will be viewed from 5-6 p.m. NanoDays sponsors include the LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Center for Computation and Technology and the Society of Physics Students – LSU Chapter.

For more information about LSU NanoDays at the Highland Road Observatory, visit




Contact Mimi LaValle
LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy