Graphene Quantum Dots in the Conservation of Endangered Species
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Viraj Pandey
San Jose, California
2021 Finalist
Bret Harte Middle School
7050 Bret Harte Dr
San Jose, CA 95120-3299
7th grade | 12 years old
Meet Viraj. Viraj synthesized and innovatively applied graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to help track endangered species.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
This competition is an amazing opportunity to be heard and get recognized and might take my project to the next level so I can implement my idea in a real-world setting and on real test subjects. This could be the beginning of a long journey and this challenge might be the reason I will get there!
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
Single-layered nano-sized graphene, one of the thinnest materials ever made and the strongest man-made materials ever measured. Because it is non-toxic and nano-sized, it has outstanding biological and medical applications; for example, it can be injected into living organisms to deliver drugs directly to specific cells.
In 15 years I hope to be...
a 27-year-old scientist working in the field of physics or chemistry and hopefully contributing to the world through my research. I believe in applying science to unravel the puzzles we see in nature. There is still so much to know, so much to cure, so much to prove. Maybe I will discover something that will benefit every human in the world and every field of science.
“Science is a tool to reveal the cosmos’s hidden agenda.”
Viraj Pandey