Ever hear of graphene? Well, get ready because you’re probably going to hear a lot about it soon. In this video, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale, discusses how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives. Discovered in 2004 by Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of Manchester University (who won the Nobel prize for the discovery), graphene can be found in everyday pencils, is incredibly strong and super-conductive and will make blazingly fast computers a reality. Think that 8 gigahertz Mac you just bought is pretty fast? How about 8 terahertz processing speed with a 3D display stored in your eyeglasses?
Dr. Ainissa Ramirez | Yale University | 14 Dec 11
____________________________________________________________________________ Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2003, she worked as a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill, NJ for 4 years. Her work focuses on the development of thin film NiTi shape memory alloys and the development of smart solders. Dr. Ramirez received her training in materials science and engineering from Brown University (Sc.B.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.). She has authored more than 30 technical papers and holds six patents. Her research has been awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the MIT MLK visiting professorship, and the MIT TR100 award for her invention of a solder that bonds to inorganic materials. Her invention is now commercialized by the company she founded, called Adhera Technologies (www.adheratech.com). Dr. Ramirez is also passionate about showing kids that “science is fun” and serves as a science advisor to NOVA, Dragonfly TV, and the Exploratorium. At Yale, she is the director of the award-winning science lecture series for kids, called Science Saturdays (www.sciencesaturdays.org).
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