Guy Marcus spends his time at work shooting particles into crystals and dreaming up new ways to combine elements in the periodic table.
But he says please, don’t let all the science stuff scare you. Marcus believes quantum physics doesn’t have to be cryptic:
“I know I can make you understand it,” an earnest Marcus says.
Marcus, one of this year’s science picks for Forbes 30 under 30, is a 24-year-old, third-year PhD student at The Johns Hopkins Institute For Quantum Matter. He studies quantum physics, the science that creates brand-new building blocks for the world’s materials – and he wants to share his work with the world:
“It’s actually surprising once you start learning about it, how much of it is already around you,” Marcus says.
In fact, quantum physics could be sitting in the palm of your hand, staring back at you right now. The science is baked into the materials that make today’s cell phones and computers fast and efficient. What Marcus learns about quantum matter today could be used to build more stable hard drives, more efficient power grids, and better solar cells tomorrow.
To do all this, the field of quantum physics focuses on the science of the very, very small. If you’ve heard of nanotechnology, the tiny particles helping to manufacture everything from new kinds of motor oil to healthcare technology like sperm chauffeurs, you’re not thinking small enough.
Read more at Forbes.com
(Photo below courtesy of Stefan Kramel, Wesleyan University)