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Caltech Associates East Coast Program: Feeling the Heat - Unlocking Nature's Secrets to Develop New Technologies

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6:15pm to 9:00pm
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with Chiara Daraio, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics

Location: India House, 1 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004

6:15 p.m. Reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and buffet stations
7:30 p.m. Program
8:30 p.m. Dessert, coffee, and networking

Hidden in nature are creative solutions that are the key to solving scientific problems. For example, Chiara Daraio, professor of mechanical engineering and applied physics, and her team were testing an artificial wood they had developed when, serendipitously, they discovered that it responded to temperature changes. They traced the source of this sensitivity to pectin, a molecule common in plant cell walls, and set off in a new direction: extracting molecules from living cells to fabricate new materials with record-breaking temperature sensitivity.

Professor Daraio's team has created a thin, flexible film with temperature-sensing properties surpassing those of the pit viper, which has the most powerful heat detector in the animal kingdom. Join us to learn about potential uses for the film including artificial skin that could restore senses for people with prosthetic limbs, smart bandages that could detect changes in body temperature, and thermal sensors for consumer electronics.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919.

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