I have heard Gabriel Montano before and he impressed me as very wonderful scientist and a sincere researcher. The lecture he gave Monday was the same as before. Gabriel spoke about how he came to be a biologist and researcher at Sandia. He did not travel in a straight line from undergraduate to PhD, but sought education to fill in the questions he had along the lines of his interest. His true interest is in biology and he still considers himself a biologist.
He explained how the Sandia Synthesis laboratory outside the main Sandia complex has been arranged into three areas: Characterization lab, Synthesis lab and Integration lab. Gabriel said the terahertz scanning at airports is safe.
He described his AFM work scanning the chlorosome on the surface of a leaf. He explained that the tip sees the forces on the surface of a leaf not the actual structure. The AFM creates an image from the tapping as mapped on to a sensor surface recording the high and lows. The image map shows the surface topography only. The tip of the ARM can be used to detect the chlorsome by potentially attaching an antibody to the tip and tapping it on the leaf surface until the force goes high indicating the antibody has found a surface of affinity or a chlorosome. The tip of the ARM can also be used to push surface features around such as the chlorosome, the underlying chlorosome membrane the and ultimately the pore beneath it.
Gabriel asked the class how to make an artificial leaf. The class gave many responses to this question and Gabriel said this was one of his long term goals.
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