Episode 28: What is Nanotechnology Anyway?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Jane Frommer, Organomatallic Chemist, Nanotechnology

Dr. Jane Frommer is a researcher in Science and Technology at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.

She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Tufts University with biochemical research projects at MIT and Mass General Hospital. After receiving a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Caltech, she joined the nascent field of electronically conducting polymers at the Allied Corporation (now Honeywell) where she pioneered the solution state of electronic conductors.

Her early involvement in scanning probe microscopies at IBM Research and at the University of Basel demonstrated the capabilities of identification and manipulation of organic molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy as well as chemical species differentiation by atomic force microscopy. Current activity in her scanning probe lab at IBM Research revolves around a variety of academic and industrial programs in materials research including lithography, storage, polymers, magnetics and biological nanostructures.

Dr. Frommer has written several seminal review and encyclopedia articles, published over one hundred refereed scientific articles, was the founding editor of Procedures in Scanning Probe Microscopies, and holds several dozen patents. In the scientific community she serves in various capacities for the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and a number of scientific journals. In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and in 2016 holds the role of chair of the Silicon Valley ACS section. She is a research mentor to numerous young scientists internationally and locally is active in science outreach in schools and community organizations.

Dr. Frommer in her lab with two co-workers

Looking for more information on how to understand Dr. Frommer’s research.  Go HERE 





Observe how you act when you are by yourself versus when you are in a group. Do you do things differently? Does the group work differently? Write a paragraph or draw a picture of what you see that’s different.

With your parents permission, send us your picture via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR

tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve

If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment below about the episode, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a FREE copy of the book listed below.


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)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to content
Verified by MonsterInsights