So, I am a scientist as whenever I tell people, like at a party or something, unless they are scientists or did science in college or somehting, their eyes invariably glaze over followed by a ... like what exactly do you do...? etc... Know what I mean?
Well my research area is nanotechnology, yes that the science, engineering and applied physics of nanoscale materials and devices. Fuck what the hell is that!!! (I hear y'all say) Well nanoscale means anything that is on the scale of nanometre; that's a billionth of a metre or a millionth of a millimetre. I work on the synthesis and investigate the really cool properties of nanoparticles of a range of different materials.
So what's the point of any of this? Well the picture above is for one of those dorky academic conferences that scientists like to go to. But the thing is that although these things are extremely esoteric, they are really cool for those who work in that field and are passionate about the stuff they do. In this case the conference is about the role that nanomaterials can play in developing technologies that will play a crucial role in achieving sustainable generation of energy. Fuel cells, photovoltaics (i.e. solar cells), catalysts, batteries, new light sources etc... Dude, the future begins right here!!!