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The goal of the IFN is to create cross-disciplinary modular materials to incorporate in the K-18 continuum. To that effect surveys of materials already created will be done as well as a survey of capstone concepts that can be better explained using nanoscience. This information will also be used ion the development of a nanoscience curriculum will be developed.


Inventory of Nanoscience Modules, January 2008

Surface-to-Volume Ratio: Nucleation
  Professor: M. Gomez, et. Al.
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: Varied (undergrad)
  Status: Final stages of testing
  Explanation: Students will explore the phenomenon of surface-to-volume ratio of CO2molecules using different particle size of silica. Other concepts: Equillibrium, Le Chatelier Principle, Kinetics, Forces

Particle in the Box: Quantum Dots
  Professor: A.-R. Mayol
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: Upper Undergraduate
  Status: Final stages of testing
  Explanation: Student will explore the energy spectrum using LED technology

Light Emitting Diodes (LED's)
  Professor: Univ. of Wisconsin & A.-R. Mayol
  Type: Learning Modules
  Level: Varied
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Student will explore the energy spectrum using LED technology

Powers of Ten
  Professor: Hernández
  Type: Demonstration
  Level: Varied
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Students will use scale to explore powers of ten

Self-Assembly
  Professor: Marin
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: Varied
  Status: Development stage
  Explanation: Student will use silica particle and test the self assembly characteristics using up to date equipment

Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoparticles
  Professor: Marin, A.R. Mayol, L. Fonseca
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: Varied
  Status: Development stage
  Explanation: Students will characterize nanotubes, quantum dots and other nanoparticles using the TEM

Computational NanoScience
  Professor: A.R. Mayol
  Type: Research Assignment
  Level: Upper Undergraduate
  Status: Development stage
  Explanation: Students will use NanoHub to perform special project using calculations

Adsorption
  Professor: Hernández
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: High School
  Status: Development stage
  Explanation: Students will use activated carbon to observe adsorption of vegetable dyes

Physical and Chemical Adborption
  Professor: Hernández, A. R. Mayol, C. Cabrera
  Type: Learning Module
  Level: Varied
  Status: Development stage
  Explanation: Student will use animations to understand the difference between chemical and physical adsorption and the interpretation of isotherms by altering different variables

Dislocation Motion and Strengthening Mechanisms
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Laboratory Experience and Teaching Module
  Level: High schools and undergrads
  Status: Developed and tested
  Explanation: Glycerin is used to represent dislocation sliding along a slip system while aluminum pegs are used to simulate obstacles.

Memory Alloys
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: High schools and undergrads
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Nitinol wires are used to demonstrate martensitic transformation. Effect of temperature on twinning is discussed

Carbon Polymorphism
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Demonstration
  Level: High schools
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Construction of diverse forms of carbon structures: diamond, graphite, C60 and CNTs to infer properties from crystal geometry and symmetry

Scientific Notation and Nanoscale
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Workshop
  Level: Intermediate and high schools
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Use of paper-cutting to demonstrate the nanoscale starting from the macroscale

LEDs and Related Phenomena
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: High schools
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Use of GaP/GaAs LEDs to study effect of reversed/forward biases, light wavelengths and measurement, differences between p- and n-type semiconductors, and introduction to quantum dots

Diffraction
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Laboratory Experience and Teaching Module
  Level: High schools and undergrads
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Use of green and red lasers with dot-patterned slides to demonstrate Braggs' law and phase identification. Introduction to Scherrer's equation

Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Teaching Module
  Level: High schools
  Status: Developed
  Explanation: Flash animation on laboratory synthesis of gold nanoparticles

Atomic Force Microscopy
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Demonstration
  Level: High schools
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Magnetic probe strip used to study domains on a simulated layered magnet. This is used to demonstrate the principle of atomic force imaging

Crystallinity of Solids
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Demonstration
  Level: Undergrads
  Status: Field tested
  Explanation: Metallic glass and steel balls are used to demonstrate amorphous and crystalline arrangements of atoms. Amorphization at the nanoscale is discussed

Point, Linear and Surface Defects
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Demonstration and Workshop
  Level: High schools and undergrads
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Steel balls encased into an Plexiglas box are used to demonstrate compact arrangements, vacancies, dislocations and grain boundaries

"Mega" Nanotubes
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Workshop
  Level: High schools
  Status: Field tested with 120 students
  Explanation: Tube balloons are used to construct 15 ft tall "nanotubes" and covalent bonds are discussed.

Solar Cells
  Professor: UPRM PREM Team led by Dr. Jeannette Santos UPRM
  Type: Demonstration
  Level: High schools
  Status: Field tested, ongoing
  Explanation: Toy cars are used to demonstrate photoelectricity and hydrogen production

Nanoparticles in the Nervous System
  Professor: E. Rosa-Molinar
  Type: Laboratory Experience
  Level: Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate
  Status: Ongoing
  Explanation: In this laboratory the students will measure the extent and the patterns of dye-coupling using a mixture of Qdot nanocrystals, polyamindoamine dendrimers, or branched-chain polymers, to carry the fluorescent and nanogold probes, and brightly fluorescent and aldehyde-fixable gap-junction-permant and/or –impremant dyes such as low molecular and high molecular weight dextrans which can be taken up into neurons. The purpose of the laboratory is for the study to apply fundamental cellular and tissue specific principles to fully understand the cellular transport mechanisms (i.e. diffusion, non-specific endocytosis) of naoparticles in the living intact vertebrate nervous system.