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Datye Research group Eric Peterson(l), Andrew DeLaRiva and Abhaya Datye in the laboratory.

A research discovery was born from great frustration when Eric Peterson, a graduate student in Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering at UNM, set out to learn a new measuring technique four years ago as part of his Ph.D..

Peterson, a non-traditional student, had worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical staff member for years before he retired and decided to attend UNM to earn a Ph.D. He began working with Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Abhaya Datye on a project to improve the ability to measure the sizes of nanoparticles, especially those that are smaller than 1 nanometer – one billionth of a meter.

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