Listen to podcast discussions with scientists and MIT students in the field of Nanomechanics*
in conjunction with the Spring 2007 MIT undergraduate engineering course:
3.052 Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials
(course website on Stellar)

*Nanomechanics is the study of forces, motions, energies, and deformations over distances of ~ < 100 nanometers or involving forces ~ < 100 nanoNewton. 1 nanoNewton is 10^-9 times the force that produces an acceleration of 1 meter per second per second when exerted on a mass of 1 kilogram.

Your Host is: Professor Christine Ortiz (email:, website:, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction and Explanation of the Project from Professor Ortiz and the MIT podcasters
  2. Nanomechanics of Cartilage Aggrecan
  3. Heparin Biosensors
  4. Elasticity of Fibronectin
  5. Sacrificial Bonds in Biological Materials
  6. Structured Water Layers
  7. Boundary Lubrication
  8. Lipid Bilayer Formation
  9. Mechanics of Diseased Single Cells: Malaria
  10. Nanomechanics of Cartilage Chondrocytes

The MIT Podcasters :
MIT podcasters

Left to Right; Jacqueline Greene (senior undergraduate, Materials Science and Engineering), Matt Russell (MIT Audio visual specialist), Jae Choi (graduate student, Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept.),Christine Ortiz (Prof. Materials Science and Engineering), Laura Daher (senior undergraduate, chemistry Department), Danielle France (graduate student, Biological Engineering Division), Ben Bruet (graduate student, Materials Science and Engineering Department). Not pictured : Leanne Veldhuis (junior undergraduate, Materials Science and Engineering Department), Mike Vasquez (junior undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering).

Laura gets a gold star for attending every single podcast !!!! gold star

MIT jargon used in podcasts :
IAP = Independent Activities Period = no required classes in January (!)
Building 13 = building behind the dome where the podcasts are held (in Prof. Ortiz' office)
Course 3 = undergraduate materials science and engineering major
3.032 = undergraduate course: mechanics of materials
UROP = undergraduate researcher
TA= teaching assistant


A special thank you to Prof. Doug Lauffenburger and the Biological Engineering Division
which provided funding for support of this project.