Get a first look into STEM research labs at an academic institution. Learn about the importance of the research, its application to our lives, and how they are using state-of-the-art technologies to understand the unknown.

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Episode 002

Mechanical Energy in Chemistry Research

Mechanochemistry has been around since Aristotle, but it wasn't until this past decade that it has begun to catch interest in the chemistry research field. In today's video, phuture Dr. Stephanie will introduce you to the term mechanochemistry; an area that uses mechanical energy to induce a chemical transformation. With a mortar and pestle, you will see how it is applied at the small scale, but what happens when you need more energy? 

Stephanie meets with Phuture Doctor Isaiah Speight, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University working under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Hanusa. He explains two significant mechanochemical methods and instruments he uses in his research. 

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Episode 001

What is so special about quantum dots?

Quantum dots have been incorporated into televisions and branded as QTV's. Follow along with Stephanie as she explains what quantum dots are and why companies are interested in this nanomaterial. Tour a chemistry lab that specializes in synthesizing nanomaterials and learn how they are made.