Dr. Moon Kim, a professor of material science and engineering at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has written a book on nanotechnology for children. He has also started a program that will help them intern at the university laboratory at the University of Texas.
The book has been written in Korean but has recently been translated into English titled, ‘A Day with Nano. It describes nanotechnology in the widest possible terms. Written in collaboration with his wife, Sun Song, the book describes Kim’s research and explains how it can be used in robotic surgery, micro-needles to be used for painless injections, smart windows that adapt to external environments, nano cosmetics and self-healing paint that is resistant to corrosion and the effects of weather conditions.
Although primarily targeted at elementary and secondary school children, the book will also be useful to the general public, as Kim says the purpose of nanotechnology is to improve the lives of people. He believes that people will support research and development of this technology only when they understand it.
The Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity judged the book as one among the best published during 2010. Three high school children and a teacher from South Korea have since enrolled for his nano intern program.