The Science of Really Tiny Things

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The CUNY ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative is using interdisciplinary approaches to study dynamic systems at the tiniest scale with applications ranging from biomedicine to food science and green energy. The physics of the nanoscale differs from the physics of the macro scale, and changing the structure of materials on the molecular level can lead to new behaviors and properties for natural or manmade materials. 

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two female researchers in a labr wearing protective gear and looking at a dark material in a test tube

July 13, 2020
Graphene is a “supermaterial” with stellar electronic properties — but they need some tweaking before they can be used in electronic devices. Read more »

microscope images of tiny nanomaterials

May 18, 2019
Scientists have developed a new nanomaterial structure with the potential to someday perform drug delivery or help fight cancer. Read more »

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September 13, 2018
A new method of printing biochips could help researchers use smaller samples for experiments, and reduce the cost of such chips. Read more »

microscope image of neurons affected by alzheimer disease

September 16, 2018
Biomedical scientists are now working on creating synthetic materials that are dynamic enough to treat or repair living systems. Read more »

samples showing different levels of melanin

July 23, 2018
Scientists have developed a new approach for producing materials that mimic melanin, which has several useful properties, including offering protection from UV radiation. Read more »

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Activities and Resources

Blackberry Solar Cells

Students build their own dye-sensitized solar cell using blackberry fruit as the dye. This lab highlights how current photovoltaic solar cells are manufactured and the green chemistry research towards greener solar energy.

Age range: Middle to High School

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Source: BeyondBenign Green Chemistry Education

Small-Scale Stenciling

This lab will help students understand some of the challenges encountered while making semiconductor chips and waveguides, both of which are found in electronic circuits.

Age range: Middle to High School

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Source: National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)

Ready, Set, Self-Assemble

Through the use of three full-body, interactive games, students explore the phenomena of self-assembly and its possible uses in nanotechnology.

Age range: K-12

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Source: National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE)