Immersion in the Nanoworld

May 7, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Alliance Française de Chicago
54 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

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French Innovation Week is a celebration of French innovation and savoir-faire in Chicago and the Midwest.

The 5th Annual French Innovation Week will take place in May 2018 with a variety of events throughout the Midwest that showcase the best of French science, technology, innovation and more.

The series of events will include free public lectures given by leading French scientists, panel discussions, hands-on activities for hundreds of young students, presentations by French leaders of cutting-edge technological advances and the 26th Gala evening of the French-American Chamber of Commerce celebrating French Innovation.

The word “nano” has become a popular trend in the sciencesphere over the last twenty-five years, but why?

Take your ruler, shrink it down to around one-billionth of its size, and then you can start to understand the size of the nanometer scale. Once you get to the atomic scale, the properties of matter change from those of bulk materials.

Over the last few decades, a whole nano field of science has emerged, with researchers dedicated to discovering new applications for these tiny particles. But, while research and production have increased, the expected industrial revolution hasn’t happened overnight.

So, why do nanos excite researchers? What are their applications? And are they hazardous to human health? Dr. Carole Fauquet will share some of the most exciting examples of uses of nanos in the fields of technology, mechanics, energy, biology, medicine, and more to answer these questions. Join us and learn why you sometimes have to work small to think big.

Event Details


Monday, May 7 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Alliance Française de Chicago | 810 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610

Lecture in English followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception with wine and cheese.