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A Brief History of Nanotechnology

This module is provided by, a product of the Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Support Center (NACK Center) which is based at the Penn State College of Engineering and is funded through the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The module, which is available for download in PDF format, includes a brief history of nanotechnology....

A Nano-Introduction to Nanotechnology

This animated learning object provides a brief introduction to the subject of nanotechnology. Questions discussed include: What makes nanoscience special? What is the history of nano? What can nanotechnology be used for by scientist and industry? What are the ethical and environmental challenges?

A Schrodinger What?

This PowerPoint presentation from the Center for Nanotechnology Education (Nano-Link) emphasizes quantum physics as an element in nanoscience education, including electrons, wavelengths, and probabilities. The presentation also touches on nanoscience competencies and standards for workforce education. You must create a free account with Nano-Link in order to access this resource. 

A Snapshot of Nanotechnology Today

This module gives a snapshot of nanotechnology today including the worldwide investment in nanotechnology, workforce demands, and some examples of nanotechnology being used to enhance consumer products. This module is from the Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Support Center. This site requires a free log-in to access.

A Student's Perspective: Nanotechnology

This article, published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, was written by a nanotechnology student and includes her thoughtful perspectives on her educational experiences. At the time of the article's publication, Amy was a senior ECE student at Rowan University.

Advanced Etch Systems

This PowerPoint created and presented by the Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center discusses etch systems. The presentation provides descriptions and examples of nine different system classifications, including Horizontal Plate RIE, Parallel Plate Etch, Microwave Etch, Electron Cyclotron Resonance (ECR) Etch, Hexode RIE, MERIE, Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Etch, Ion...

All Models are Wrong

This PowerPoint presentation from the Center for Nanotechnology Education (Nano-Link) emphasizes the pedagogical dangers of using models and simulations in nanoscience teaching, including failing to acknowledge the assumptions built into these tools, and the temptations of oversimplification. The presentation uses the examples of atomic structure and dissolution of salt in water, urging educators...

Amazing Creatures with Nanoscale Features

This animation is an introduction to microscopy, scale, and applications of nanoscale properties. It introduces some of the tools that are used by scientists to visualize samples that are smaller than what we can see with our eyes. This includes the optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, and the atomic force microscope. In this animation, you will take a closer look at a butterfly wing...

An early example of nanotechnology's convergence with other technologies

This description is from the introduction paragraph of the article. The article talks of convergence and a pratical technology produced by this technology. "You might have come across the acronym NBIC, which stands for Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology and new technologies based on Cognitive science. Initially introduced in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Converging...

An Easy (Bake) Approach to an Edible NanoLab

This lesson, presented by the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, uses an EasyBake oven and edible materials as a means to interest younger students in nanotechnology. The creation of a 'wafer' in the EasyBake oven simulates concepts in chip fabrication for electronic devices, such as the cell phones and gaming devices they use on a daily basis. The included 'Teacher's Guide' details...

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