Life in the Bulovic ONE Lab: energized collaboration

  1. Vladimir Bulovic with DMSE graduate student Geoffrey Supran at an MIT Energy Initiative event, Spring, 2011
    Vladimir Bulovic with DMSE graduate student Geoffrey Supran at an MIT Energy Initiative event, Spring, 2011
  2. "Lighting up the World with Nanostructures" Vladimir Bulovic discusses nanotechnology for efficient lighting at a Campus Preview event in 2008.

Vladmir Bulović’s ONE Lab, continued

You have described your research in the nanotechnology area as as a kind of oxymoron since the very nano things you are creating will become widespread applications. Is this true for more than your signature work in quantum dot technology? Please describe.

Vladimir Bulović:
“Nano-world surrounds us and we use it every day. Dyes and pigments that color our shirts and paint our cars are nanometer-sized molecules and similarly small crystal particles. Gases we breathe-in and exhale are nano-scale in size and the processes they undertake to power our body also take place on the nano-scale. Similar nano-scale reactions release energy that powers our cars and our basement heaters. It is nano-scale dimples on the CD and DVD disks that store our data, with laser beams emitted from nano-scale sources that read the information, which is then processed by nano-scale transistors that run the computers and instruct the computer monitor to move the nano-scale liquid crystal molecules to display the macro-image in which we delight. Nano is imbedded in our every-day experience, integral to the way we smell, feel, taste and see.

These few facts (and many more that could be cited) motivate me to think of how can we be useful in making the better macroscopic world of our every-day experience, which is fundamentally governed through the nanoscale phenomena.”

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