Carson Bruns

Chemist, visual artist
A creator of color-changing tattoo inks and shape-shifting molecular machines, Carson Bruns uses nanoscience to invent new materials and technologies.

Why you should listen

Carson Bruns has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including the celebrated book The Nature of the Mechanical Bond: From Molecules to Machines, with Nobel Laureate J. Fraser Stoddart. He is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he directs the Emergent Nanomaterials Lab. His work has been featured in Inked MagazineChemical and Engineering News and Colorado Public Radio.

Carson Bruns’ TED talk