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Alexandre Brolo - Chemistry

Imagine a gold cube so small that its cross-width is about 5,000 times thinner than a human hair. The colour is not the usual yellow we associate with gold and metals at those dimensions change colour when molecules stick to their surface.

Chemist Alexandre Brolo looks for new ways to fabricate very small metallic structures and explores their interesting properties in a variety of applications, such as sensors for cancer diagnostics and the fabrication of more efficient solar cells. Brolo was recognized for his research with a 2011 Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research.

Brolo is also the star of “That Chemistry Show,” an outreach project coordinated by the UVic Chemistry Students’ Society. His mad science and cool magic tricks delight kids of all ages.

Learn more about Dr. Brolo’s research or chemistry at UVic.

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