Nanoparticles in Consumer Products Presented by Dr. Brandi Baldock

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Monday, Jan 7, 2019, 7:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

What do sunscreen, flat-panel TVs, sports clothing and pregnancy tests have in common? These consumer products all contain nanoparticles, tiny pieces of material approximately 1/1000 the width of a human hair. These fascinating materials behave very differently than molecules or bulk materials containing the same building blocks. This lecture will focus on how these nanoparticles are currently made and used and describe some exciting current areas of research.

Brandi Baldock joined the faculty at Merrimack College in fall 2017. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Her laboratory research focuses on studying the interface between nanoparticles and biology. Her teaching-related work focuses on developing student-centered activities for the general chemistry and forensic chemistry teaching laboratory. She is passionate about green chemistry and promoting the advancement of women in science. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Trent University, 2008 (performed undergraduate research with David A. Ellis); a Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Oregon, 2015 (advisor: James E. Hutchison); and postdoctoral associate, University of Oregon, 2016-2017 (advisor: Thomas J. Greenbowe).


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