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Science Pub RVA: Magnets, Nanotechnology and Alternative Energy

Do you think the most used magnet in your home is the one on your refrigerator door? Well, that’s actually unlikely considering that magnets are used in just about everything from your computer to your blender. Since magnets are everywhere, you may wonder if there is anything new to learn about them. How about the use of magnets in nanoscience and green technologies like electric cars and wind energy generation? If that piques your interest, bring your curiosity to the next Science Pub RVA gathering on Tuesday, January 8th.

At this month’s free Science Pub RVA event, Dr. Everett Carpenter, Director of VCU’s Nanoscience Center, will tell the story of magnets from the ancient use of lodestones to current applications. You’ll hear first-hand about Dr. Carpenter’s fascinating research and the prestigious grant his Nanofoundry team at VCU received to develop new, permanent magnets without the use of rare earth elements. They are developing what could be the first commercially available permanent magnet in over thirty years.

After you absorb a bit about nanotechnology methods and materials, it’s your turn. Attendees aren’t there to just listen to an expert but to ask questions and shape the conversation. The majority of the evening is for everyone to talk about what interests them most on the subject. Come with a sense of curiosity and RVA camaraderie. 

Be sure to register in advance via Eventbrite and keep in mind that seating is limited and on a first-come basis. The structured portion of the evening is one hour (7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) at The Camel, located at 1621 West Broad Street. Go early to grab a seat, drink, eat, and meet other curious-minded folks.

Science Pub RVA is part of the NOVA Science Café network promoted by the iconic, long-running PBS program NOVA. To learn more about Science Pub RVA, send an email to Coordinator and spark plug Cynthia J. Gibbs at

Watch this video to learn more about the strongest magnet in the world.

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Article by Cynthia J. Gibbs, Coordinator, Science Pub RVA

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