UND’s Faculty Lecture Series continues Nov. 20 with “Have You Ever Seen an Atom?”

UND’s Faculty Lecture Series continues Nov. 20 with “Have You Ever Seen an Atom?”

The University of North Dakota’s Faculty Lecture Series continues Wednesday, Nov. 20, with “Have you ever seen an atom?” by Nuri Oncel, associate professor of physics & astrophysics. The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Education Room 7, with a 4 p.m. reception preceding the talk. Oncel will be introduced by Kanishka Marasinghe, Department of Physics & Astrophysics.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available south of the Engineering complex.

About the talk:

Have you ever seen an atom?

If your answer is no, you should consider attending the talk. Oncel’s research involves making tiny objects that are a few nanometers in size. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. In other words, if you take four silver atoms (think of them like tennis balls) place them side by side, they stretch about a nanometer. When things get that small, the laws of quantum physics win over the laws of classical physics. Oncel’s research group uses experimental tools to make new low-dimensional nanomaterials and study their physical and chemical properties. These materials can have zero, one or two dimensions. Because of their reduced dimension and small size, these materials exhibit rather curious physical properties which makes them useful for various applications ranging from medicine to energy. Oncel will give a brief introduction to the field and present some of the research performed at UND.

Nuri Oncel:

Nuri Oncel was born in Turkey. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. After that, he joined Professor Steven Bernasek’s group at Princeton University as a post-doctoral research associate. In 2009, he joined the Physics and Astrophysics Department at UND as an assistant professor. Currently, he serves as an associate professor in the same department.

About the Faculty Lecture Series:

The Faculty Lecture Series seeks to cultivate a stronger academic atmosphere on the University of North Dakota campus by showcasing the scholarly research of faculty selected across the disciplines. The Lectures aim to present with some depth and rigor the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty members. In presenting their scholarship, the lecturers will share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.

The Lectures are occasions for members of the University community and public to engage and strengthen their sense of unity. It is also an opportunity to share the important work of the University with our broader community.

The Faculty Lecture Series continues through the funding of the Offices of the President, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is presented through the planning of the Faculty Lecture Series Committee. 


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