Nanotechnologies: Where should they take us? Have your say

Nano Kit- Activity #8 "Memory Metal"

This activity shows the behaviour of a "Memory metal", or ‘shape memory alloys’ (SMAs) which are very different from "normal metals". They can be ‘programmed’ to remember a specific shape and if the metal is bent or deformed it quickly returns to its original configuration. This is because memory metal has two distinct crystal structures at the nanoscale and can be made to flip between them. The memory metal needs to be purchased.


The TIMEFORNANO project was designed to engage young people and students in learning about nanotechnologies’ benefits and to raise awareness of the risks and the critical issues which surround the development of nanotechnology.


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  • nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion on what we hope from innovation with nanotechnologies. The project is aimed citizens with a special focus on hard-to-reach target groups, which are people who do not normally encounter and give their opinion nanotechnologies at first hand.
  • Dialogue is facilitated online and in outreach events in 30 countries presenting different participatory formats.
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