Ural Federal University: University Scientist Talks about Nanotechnology around Us

Kirill Grzhegorzhevsky, Senior Researcher at the Ural Federal University Research Institute of Physics and Applied Mathematics, became a guest of the 100 Questions to a Scientist project, created by the Yandex.Q platform and the National Priorities Autonomous Nonprofit Organization. As part of this project, our country’s leading scientists answer naive questions from ordinary citizens.

The scientist told about the possibilities of science development in the near future. If a few years ago it seemed strange and impossible, for example, that nanotubes and graphene would become part of everyday life, now, using nanolithography technology, computer chips are produced all over the world. In turn, implanting nanochips into the human brain no longer seems like a fantasy idea that will never be realized.

“Here’s more interesting: we need to understand the language that our neurons speak. This is the language of chemical reactions and action potentials, processes that change the polarization of cell membranes. And here I, as a chemist (not physicist), see a bridge to communication with neurons of our brain through electrical signals, which does not seem so impossible (remember twitching of the frog’s leg by electric current more than 100 years ago),” says Kirill Grzhegorzevsky.

Nanotechnology has been around for a long time in our homes, on store shelves. And who knows what scientific breakthrough will be made in the coming years, because research does not stand still.