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MSU celebrates NanoDays with free family events on April 3

March 28, 2008 -- MSU News Service

On April 3, MSU hosts a day of free family-oriented events related to nanoscience, the study of extremely small particles. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.   High-Res Available

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Nanoscience, the study of extremely small particles, will be celebrated at Montana State University on Thursday, April 3, as part of a nationwide week of public outreach. All events are free and will help kids and adults understand nanoscience in a fun and easy-to-understand format.

Nanoscientists work with particles and devices between one and 100 nanometers in size (the head of a pin is 1,000,000 nanometers across). Through nanoscience, scientists have developed disease-fighting drugs, computer components, transparent sunscreen, ultra-strong sports equipment and many other applications.

At MSU, researchers are using nanoscience to develop targeted vaccines, magnetic materials for electronics, and catalysts for producing hydrogen. Nanoscience is an emerging field that blends chemistry, physics, engineering and other areas of science, and is one of the country's top research priorities.

MSU NanoDays Schedule:

All events take place at the Burns Technology Center's Studio 1080 multimedia center, in the atrium of the EPS (Engineering and Physical Sciences) Building just east of the Strand Union at MSU.

Noon to 1p.m.: "What's all this fuss about nanotechnology?" Presented by Yves Idzerda, associate director of the MSU Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials (CBIN) and associate professor of physics.

Noon to 8 p.m.: interactive multimedia exhibits open

6 p.m.: "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: How small is "nano" anyway, and what will it do for me?" Presented by Trevor Douglas, director of CBIN and professor of chemistry.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Family activities and hands-on demonstrations, including build your own virus model, manipulate magnetic liquid and play with a hydrogen fuel cell model car.
Souvenirs and refreshments will be provided. Activities are appropriate for children approximately aged 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

NanoDays is sponsored by MSU CBIN and MSU Extended University. For more information, visit

Martha Peters at CBIN, (406) 994-7658,