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Nanoyou Lab Experiment B- Student background reading (14-18)

Experiment B shows how liquid crystals are an example of self-assembled molecules which change their spatial organization in dependence of external factors such as temperature. Self-assembly is a fundamental concept in nanoscience. This experiment shows how the properties of materials at the macroscale are affected by the structure of the material at the nanoscale. Changes in a material’s molecular structures are often too small to see directly, but sometimes we can see changes in the materials properties. In nanotechnology scientist take advantage of the peculiar properties of materials at the nanoscale to engineer new materials with tailored properties. This document povides students with some background information. The experiment is designed for the 14-18 years age group. Experiment B is one of four experiments contained in the NANOYOU Teachers Training Kit of nanoscience and nanotechnologies


The NANOYOU project aimed to increase young people’s basic understanding on nanotechnologies (NT) and to engage in the dialogue about its ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) through a strong school program for students aged 11-18 and a wide range of activities in Science Centres for those aged 18-25


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About nanopinion

  • 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.
  • To promote an informed debate, we also run a strong press & social media campaign and offer a repository with more than 150 resources.
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