Narrator: This is Science Today. One of five nanoscale science research centers funded by the Department of Energy is located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Rick Kelly, the Environmental Health and Safety Manager of the Molecular Foundry, explains the intent of the facility is to foster the development of new nanotechnologies that can benefit society.
Kelly: The next revolution in technology in this country is nanotechnology. And the intent of the Department of Energy is to excite people and give them opportunities they might not have at their home research institutions to do nanoscale science, so they use our facilities, they use the expertise of our scientists and they use the techniques and materials we've developed over the years to hopefully develop great new technologies that will help society and help medicine and all the fields that are applicable to science.
Narrator: There are all kinds of applications - from the development of cheap, nanoscale solar cells and nanoparticle-containing sunscreens to medical applications.
Kelly: We have the ability to use materials such as quantum nanodots to trace things going on in cells - ways to detect cancer; ways in fact, to treat cancer that we've never had before.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.