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Using microscopes to make better beer and better alloys

Atomic Brewery
Atomic Brewery
Atomic Brewery, 158 Regent St, Redfern NSW 2016

Tuesday 4 April from 6pm to 7pm

How we use modern microscopes to make better alloys, better vaccines and better beer.

The structure of a material at the atomic-level determines its function. Everything from soap to steel can be understood by knowing what the atoms are and how they are arranged. Some hard materials, such as metals, are easy to investigate using modern microscopes. Soft materials, such as proteins or viruses, are challenging because their fine structures are easily damaged.

Levi studies hard and soft materials using atomic-scale microscopes. By measuring the arrangement of atoms in material, he can understand how it works. This information can lead to more efficient solar cells, a better understanding of vaccines and even better tasting beverages!


Levi is a postdoctoral researcher in the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at The University of Sydney. He’s studying the atom probe microscope and its use in research into the atomic structure of molecules in solids and liquids. He enjoys riding his bicycle, drinking craft beer and talking about his research.

Also speaking at Atomic Brewery at 8:00PM is Jasper Vallance

About the venue - Atomic Brewery

Atomic Brewery is proud to call Redfern home.

Come witness the magic happen with their micro-brewery and tanks right here on site. Their passionate brewers are always exploring new flavour combinations, especially when it comes to hoppy beers. With their core-range and rotating limited release and seasonal beers, you'll never run out of options to discover.

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