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Creating completely new materials with atoms

Film made by “Faktabruket” for the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

NanoLundian Kimberly Dick is, for more than a decade, a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, and studies the building of new materials by working on an atom-scale. As put in the film: If an atom were the size of a Lego piece, lying in a hand, the hand would be the size of planet Earth.
“Big discoveries are made when we realize something fundamental and yet surprising about nature”, she says.

Kimberly Dick Thelander, a principal investigator at NanoLund, Lund University, and a professor of materials science, is building with atoms to create completely new materials. It could perhaps become the batteries of the future, or an environmentally friendly fuel made from only water. Exactly what she would like to create – she doesn't know.

Since the atoms are at the nanoscale, she has built her own unique electron microscope so she can both see and build. If an atom were the size of a Lego piece, lying in a hand, the hand would be the size of planet Earth. The microscope allows her to study fundamental things about how nature works and how things work on an atomic scale which can pave the way for new findings, materials, and processes.

See the film recently published by the Wallenberg Foundations