THESE NU SCIENTISTS WANT TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THEIR WORK, AND THE VALUE OF OBSCURE SCIENCE.
By David Thill
There’s a language barrier between Mike Mattei and most of the rest of the world. Or maybe it’s more of a dialect barrier.
Mattei, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Northwestern University’s Department of Chemistry, works on a research team studying metal surfaces at the level of nanometers – a billionth of a meter – searching for the ideal spot on the surface for chemical reactions to happen.