Connecting the Dots

Dr. Greg Van Patten
Dr. Greg Van Patten

MTSU’s new chemistry chair sees big things in small particles

New chemistry chair Dr. Greg Van Patten was awarded $120,000 from the National Science Foundation to prepare and study new kinds of semiconductor quantum dots.

A researcher of these small particles since 2005, Van Patten is among many in the scientific world who believe these quantum dots may be key factors in treating cancer or curbing the energy crisis, among other things.

According
 to an article on Patten in a publication produced by Ohio University, quantum dots “have the capability to play a role in biomedical-imaging and hyperthermia treatment of cancerous cells.”

Van Patten is specifically interested in implications for solar energy conversion—from lighting to digital display to energy to biomedicine to quantum computers.

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