Doctoral Portfolio Program Students Attend ESONN Nanoscience Summer School in France

During the summer of 2011, two Doctoral Portfolio Program students attended the eighth session of the European School on Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (ESONN) in Grenoble, France.

Hosting 54 participants from around the world, the 2011 ESONN program combined lectures and practicals that highlighted the fundamental and technological advances in Nanoelectronics at the interface between Physics and Biology.

Katie Wilson states “The European School on Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (ESONN) has been an invaluable experience. First, I was able to attend several day long labs in which I experienced several aspects of nanoscience that I would have otherwise not done during my graduate education. These things included atomic resolution imaging of graphite using scanning tunneling microscopy, imaging a adenovirus using cryo-transmission electron microscopy, synthesizing fluorescent nanoparticles for mouse lymph node imaging, building microfluidic devices, and using lab-on -a-chip technology for analyzing DNA. Beyond my excellent experiences in the laboratories, I also made a global network of young investigators in the field of nanoscience that I know will aid my future research goals as potential collaborators. On a more personal note, the food was excellent and the nature beautiful! Overall, ESONN has been a wonderful experience, and I would recommend it for any young graduate student in the field of nanoscience.”

Erin Kate Walker states “The 2011 European School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ESONN) was a great experience!  Over the course of 3 weeks of lectures and lab practicals, I explored new areas of nanoscience at the convergence of biology, physics, and chemistry.  With the hands on lab practicals, I gained experience in capillary force assembly, quantum dot synthesis, atomic force microscopy, DNA microarrays, and characterization of a redox molecular switch. In a typical university setting, it would have taken several courses to acquire the wide expertise conveyed in the 3 short weeks at ESONN. Outside of the lab setting, ESONN was well organized to allow exposure to top scientists and student peers in a more relaxed environment such as the welcome cocktail party, wine and cheese tasting, hiking the Chartreuse mountain near Grenoble, and the farewell dinner and dance. I highly recommend ESONN to any students interested in expanding their knowledge of nanoscience and the world.”