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Jenkins, Samir V.; Gohman, Taylor D.; Miller, Emily K.; Chen, Jingyi – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The rapid academic and industrial development of nanotechnology has led to its implementation in laboratory teaching for undergraduate-level chemistry and engineering students. This laboratory experiment introduces the galvanic replacement reaction for synthesis of hollow metal nanoparticles and investigates the optical properties of these…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Technology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Instruction
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Ramalho, Maria J.; Pereira, M. Carmo – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
In this work, a laboratory experiment to introduce graduate students to nanotechnology is described. Students prepared poly(lactic-"co"-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles using two different synthesis procedures, a single and a double emulsion-solvent evaporation method. The students also performed a physicochemical characterization of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Science Experiments
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Scalfani, Vincent F.; Turner, C. Heath; Rupar, Paul A.; Jenkins, Alexander H.; Bara, Jason E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The emergence of 3D printing has dramatically advanced the availability of tangible molecular and extended solid models. Interestingly, there are few nanostructure models available both commercially and through other do-it-yourself approaches such as 3D printing. This is unfortunate given the importance of nanotechnology in science today. In this…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Printing, Models, Design Crafts
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Ernst, Jeremy V. – Journal of Technology Studies, 2009
Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary field of research and development identified as a major priority in the United States. Progress in science and engineering at the nanoscale is critical for national security, prosperity of the economy, and enhancement of the quality of life. It is anticipated that nanotechnology will be a major transitional…
Descriptors: Technology, Molecular Structure, Interdisciplinary Approach, Quality of Life
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Paluri, Sesha L. A.; Edwards, Michelle L.; Lam, Nhi H.; Williams, Elizabeth M.; Meyerhoefer, Allie; Pavel Sizemore, Ioana E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
In recent years, nanoscience and nanotechnology have been drawing enormous attention due to the numerous applications of nanomaterials. In an attempt to nurture interest towards these areas in young minds and to develop the next generation of environmentally conscious scientists and engineers, this new laboratory module focuses on the green and…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Technology, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Pouliot, Chantal – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2015
In this paper, in order to pursue the conversation begun by Fages and Albe ("Cult Stud Sci Educ" 2014), I highlight three conceptual contributions that could be made by familiarizing nanoscience and nanotechnology researchers and engineers with the work being carried out in science and technology studies and public understanding of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure, Technology
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Sharpe, Erica; Andreescu, Silvana – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
We describe a laboratory experiment that employs the Nanoceria Reducing Antioxidant Capacity (or NanoCerac) Assay to introduce students to portable nanoparticle-based paper sensors for rapid analysis and field detection of polyphenol antioxidants. The experiment gives students a hands-on opportunity to utilize nanoparticle chemistry to develop…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Science Experiments
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Hutchinson, Kelly; Bodner, George M.; Lynn, Bryan – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2011
Research has shown that an increase in students' interest in science and engineering can have a positive effect on their achievement (Baird, 1986; Eccles & Wigfield, 2002; French, Immekus & Oakes, 2005; Schiefele, Krapp, & Winteler, 1992; Schwartz Bloom & Haplin, 2003; Weinburgh, 1995). Whereas many NSF-funded programs in materials…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Student Interests, Scientific Concepts
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Mankidy, Bijith D.; Coutinho, Cecil A.; Gupta, Vinay K. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
The diffusion coefficient of polymers is a critical parameter in biomedicine, catalysis, chemical separations, nanotechnology, and other industrial applications. Here, measurement of macromolecular diffusion in solutions is described using a visually instructive, undergraduate-level optical refraction experiment based on Weiner's method. To…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Science Instruction
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Salom, Luz Gil; Monreal, Carmen Soler – International Journal of English Studies, 2009
The writer's strategy to combine the exposition of factual information with personal judgement and interaction with the reader has been analysed in a number of studies (Hunston, 1994; Hyland, 1998a, 1998b; Latour and Woolgar, 1979; Skelton, 1997). Myers' studies (1989, 1992) on the pragmatics of politeness in scientific articles analyse politeness…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Telecommunications, Pragmatics