PNNL Community Science & Technology Seminar Series: Feb. 9 - Inspired by Nature with Wendy Shaw
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Community Science and Technology Seminar Series presents: Inspired by Nature: Learning from and Mimicking Nature in Materials and Chemistry.
Have you ever wanted to permanently fix a cavity in your tooth? Have you ever wished that hip or knee implants could be permanent and non-painful? Have you ever thought that it would be great if we could harness the energy of photosynthesis? Guess what—all of these things are possible! While we have not yet learned how to do these, nature has given us the models upon which to build. By understanding how to mimic nature, we have the potential to solve many materials and energy challenges to transform human health and the impact of humans on the planet. In this talk, learn about some of the major developments we have made in understanding biology and how it can be mimicked and modified to benefit all.
About the Speaker: Dr. Wendy Shaw is a Biophysical Chemist and a Division Director at PNNL. She learns from nature to understand how bones and teeth are made, and also how enzymes work, to ultimately enable improved materials and renewable energy by mimicking the superior processes found in nature.
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