June 7, 2022
As a principal scientific engineering associate at the Molecular Foundry, Tracy Mattox trains people in the analysis of very small particles called nanos, supervises research, designs experiments, and conducts her own research.
Nanos also appear in her writing. After taking an almost two-year break due to the pandemic, Mattox recently released her ninth e-book titled “A Hex on You” featuring the character Nancy Nano, a nanoparticle that lives in the Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab. In her first e-book “You’ve Never Seen Small,” Nancy Nano describes the research in the Molecular Foundry, its electron microscope, atoms and their components, and the periodic table of elements. Mattox makes the Nancy Nano books accessible to both elementary school children and adults without a science background by defining all terms, avoiding acronyms, and using puns (“Never trust an atom . . . they make up everything!”) – all in 12 pages.
Beyond her work and Nancy Nano e-books, Mattox also mentors interns at the Molecular Foundry, raises two children, teaches yoga online, and writes chapter books.