The way a type of material behaves on the macro scale (big enough to see with your own eyes) differs when it is in the nano scale. Although you can’t see or feel the silicon coating on the sand, you can still see how it reacts differently than regular sand when mixed with water. “Nano sand” is an example of how nano science has applied useful properties found in macro materials to a smaller, nano scale.
Follow instructions to construct a model of an oil-spill cleanup.
Predict physical and chemical reactions between substances
Observe hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity
Examine differences between their observations and predictions
University California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) is funded by a cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency (NSF DBI-0830117; NSF DBI-1266377).
University California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN). The UC CEIN is housed within the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA, with a second major hub at the University of California, Santa Barbara.