OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Yunker lecture to feature nanotech expert

05/11/2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The annual Yunker Lecture at Oregon State University will be presented Wednesday, June 3, by Paul McEuen, a leading expert on the science and technology of nanostructures.

In his talk, “Small is All: Nano, Bio, and the Future of Technology,” McEuen will explore the continuing shrinkage and miniaturization of technology, and how nanotechnology will change the future. The presentation will be in Weniger Hall Room 151 at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

A professor of physics at Cornell University, McEuen has been a pioneer of single molecule devices, scanning probe microscopy and applications of nanoelectronics in chemistry and biology. He is one of the world’s leading experts on carbon nanotubes.

“Paul McEuen is one of the most prominent scientists in the field of nanophysics,” said Ethan Minot, an assistant professor in the OSU Department of Physics. “He’s created everything from the first transistor made from a single molecule to the world’s thinnest guitar string, and is also producing a new novel about a physicist who saves the world from an evil nanotech plan.”

The Yunker Lecture Fund was established in 1981 in honor of Edwin Yunker, a member of the OSU physics faculty from 1925 to 1968.