Materials and Nanotechnology
Materials science brings together multiple sciences, including chemistry, in the study of materials and how we can use them. We can study existing materials to learn about their bonding, structures, and properties, and think about how we might use them. We can also develop new materials that have properties we want.
Nanotechnology is a hot research area in which scientists use atoms and molecules to build materials that can be used in many areas, such as health care, clean energy sources, and shrinking electronics. These nanomaterials, which typically measure between 1 and 100 nanometers, can have surprising properties.
- Materials Research Science and Engineering: Hands-On Activities
Can you construct a building block model? What if you were wearing oven mitts? Try this and other nano activities!
- Materials Research Science and Engineering: Digital Games
Get your virtual hands on these tiny building blocks and learn about how they can get put together.
- NOVA: Making Stuff
Make stuff smaller... smarter... cleaner... stronger... safer... with these hands-on activities.
Celebrate nanoscale science and what it's done for our world with this collection of ready-to-use resources from past NanoDays.
- Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science
The chemistry is really small, but the idea is BIG! Show students why with these articles and activities.
- A Magnet That Drips: Making Ferrofluid
Make your own ferrofluid with materials from grocery and hardware stores.
- Exploring Materials—Stained-Glass Windows
Art goes nano with these examples of stained glass. Make your own version with colorful tissue paper.
- Materials Science and Technology Teachers Handbook
A materials science bonanza! Plenty of things to try that cover all the bases: metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites.
- The Fine Art of Materials Science Demonstrations
Pick and choose from this wide selection of materials demos. What will it be?
- ASM Teacher Materials Camp
It’s chemistry camp—but for teachers! These free camps teach about materials science and how to share it with students.
- Making Concrete
Where does the water go that you mix into concrete? Will the mass of concrete be the same before and after it cures? Find out!
- Fun Look at Material Science
Kick off a look at material science with this lesson plan that uses things students already see around the house.
- Candy Fiber Pull
What do glass and hard candy have in common? See what's similar in this activity.
Like the word says, Nanooze brings you the news—about nano. Learn about the latest!
- Introduction to Materials Science and Technology
Pick up a pen—it's there. Sit on a chair—it's there. Stroll on a sidewalk—it's there. Learn about how materials make modern life possible.
- What Is Materials Science?
The short answer is "the study of stuff." How do we use it? How do we make it? How do we make it do what we want?
- College To Career: Nanochemistry
You've probably already bought products that were developed using nanochemistry. Who's doing the developing?
- College To Career: Materials Science
Are you "curiosity driven"? Interested in going "a mile wide, but an inch deep"? Materials science might be for you!
- Five Surprising Uses for Carbon Nanotubes
See how scientists plan to put these tiny tubes to work.
- Ferrofluid Fun
These dark spikes and patterns will make you think you're in an art gallery—see ferrofluid science at work.
- Can You Build Ships Out of Ice?
Could it happen back in the 1940s? What about now? Mythbusters puts it to the test.
Step into sustainable seaweed fashion with AlgiKnit. Learn about this biopolymer and how it might find a future in your closet.
- Science of Innovation: Smart Concrete
Concrete gets smart—with carbon.
- Getting More Heat Out of Sunlight
Hot on one side, cool on the other. How can it help your home?
(all sites accessed July 2019)