Episode 144: How Do Humans (and Robots) Feel?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Darren Lipomi,  Nano engineering professor at UC San Diego

Dr. Darren Lipomi

Darren Lipomi earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in physics as a Beckman Scholar at Boston University in 2005. He earned his PhD in chemistry at Harvard University in 2010, with Prof. George M. Whitesides, where he was supported by a fellowship from the ACS Organic Division. From 2010 – 2012, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Zhenan Bao at Stanford University. He is now a Professor in the Department of NanoEngineering and Program in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the chemistry of organic materials, especially the mechanical properties of pi-conjugated polymers for flexible solar cells, biomechanical sensors, and phenomena that occur at the intersection of materials chemistry with human perception and cognition. He is the recipient of the NSF BRIGE award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Program award, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the NSF BRITE award. He hosts a podcast, “Molecular Podcasting with Darren Lipomi” and associated YouTube channel (Darren_Lipomi) that together have >12,000 subscribers.





Challenge: With your eyes closed, see if you can figure out how something feels, what it’s made of.

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Highlighted book for this Episode! 

SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up! by Jennifer Swanson (Charlesbridge Publishing)

A close-up look at sports and nanotechnology, the cutting-edge science that manipulates objects at the atomic level.

How are the sports played by Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Michelle Wie, and Usain Bolt related? Nanotechnology! A rapidly growing scientific field, nanotechnology is used to create high-tech swimsuits, tennis rackets, golf clubs, running shoes, and more. It is changing the face of sports as we know it. Cutting-edge science; high-performance sports





Book List: 

Discover Nanotechnology by Lisa J. Amstutz (Lerner Books)

Explore Atoms and Molecules!: With 25 Great Projects (Explore Your World) by Janet Slingerland  (Nomad Press)

Nanotechnology (Cutting-Edge Science and Technology) by Janet Slingerland (Essential Library)

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