Materials & 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.
In nanotechnology, scientists use atoms and molecules to build materials that can be used in many areas, such as health care, clean energy sources, and 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 mittens? Try this and other nano activities!
- Materials Research Science and Engineering: Digital Games
Get your virtual hands on these tiny building blocks and make what you need.
- 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.
- Mission: Materials Science
Break it down, build it up. Go hands on with experiments for the young people in your life.
- Exploring Nanotechnology: Super-Strong Materials
Fold, roll, stack, test. Will it stand up to the pressure?
- 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? Will the mass of concrete be the same before and after it cures? Find out!
- Fun Look at Material Science
Material science is all around you - including in your house!
- Candy Fiber Pull
What do glass and hard candy have in common? Unwrap a piece and get started.
- Coronavirus Nanoscience
Watch out, Covid! Here come tiny tech tools to work on taking you down.
- Explain That Stuff: Nanotechnology
Shrink yourself to the nano to understand its scale and how it works.
Like the word says, Nanooze brings you the news—about nano. Learn about the latest!
- 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?
- Careers and the Chemical Sciences: Nanochemistry
You've probably already bought products that were developed using nanochemistry. Who's doing the developing?
- Careers and the Chemical Sciences: Materials Science
Are you "curiosity driven"? Interested in going "a mile wide, but an inch deep"? Materials science might be for you!
- Exploring Nanotechnology's Daily Applications
See how it gets put to work in your life.
- Want to Colonize Mars? Aerogel Could Help
Can aerogel give a boost to those wanting to make Mars their home?
- OROS Technology: Aerogel Insulation Inspired by NASA
Instead of going to space, aerogel goes to your personal space—as part of your jacket.
- 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.
- 8 Sustainable Yarns and Fibers
Step into sustainable fashion with a new generation of textiles.
- Smart Concrete Could Let Roads Repair Themselves
Concrete gets smarter—using chemistry.
- Getting More Heat Out of Sunlight
Hot on one side, cool on the other. How can it help your home?
(all sites accessed January 2021)