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Nano-Mechanics quantifies the essential properties of nanomaterials. 

Nanoscale materials and objects function differently than their larger counterparts. Nanostructures, for example, have a higher surface-to-volume ratio than macroscale objects. This affects their thermal properties, engendering exotic types of elasticity. By identifying and describing these remarkable properties, Stanford researchers can then manipulate the chemical and molecular structure of novel nanomaterials, tailoring them to the profiles required for a wide range of applications.

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

After a lecture on nanofabrication, Maria Wang, associate director at Stanford's Center for Probing the Nanoscale, handed out white paper, boxes of colored crayons, thick black crayons and pipette tips.

It was time for a hands-on activity to illustrate the lesson for the class: science teachers from throughout California who are enrolled in the center's Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Faster. Smaller. Cooler. Nanotechnology researchers love adding -er to words. Professor Fritz Prinz of the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory at Stanford School of Engineering admits that he’s rather fond of -est.

Prinz led a team of engineers that created a solid oxide fuel cell capable of delivering the most power-per-square inch yet developed, at record-low temperatures.

Lee Otterson Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus
(650) 725-2605
Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor in the School of Engineering
Professor, by courtesy, Mechanical Engineering and Surgery
Member, Bio-X
Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy
Affiliate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
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Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
A. Cemal Eringen Award, Society for Engineering Science (2012)
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