|FYI Fall 2016||
Link to this page
|Aug 23||Flynn, "Soul of the City" in Nanotech Chronicles
Peterson and Heller, "Nanotech Promise", in Nanoethics
Reaction paper 1: All
In class: Scanning probe microscopies
|Aug 25||Lab: Microfluidics. We will use the sample files rather than designing your own.
Skim background, patent, and profile
|Aug 30||Ratner, Chapters 1-2, "Introducing Nano" and "Size Matters," Nanotechnology (2003).
Profile: Naomi Halas, Interview and Video, PBS Nova (2005) or youtube
Video: Gold Nanoshells, Synthesis and Demonstration (2009) or youtube
Video: Synthesis of Hollow Gold Nanospheres (2010) or youtube
Skim: Science Translational Medicine, 27 October 2010 or NIH
Rice team achieves a cancer milestone, Houston Chronicle, November 2012
Skim: Solar Vapor Generation Enabled by Nanoparticles, ACS Nano, 7(1), 42-49 (2013)
Using Gold Nanoparticles to Kill Cancer, Physics Central, APS, April 2016 or movie
Exploding nanobubbles can kill cancer cells, Science, AAAS, February 2016
Liposuction Goes Nano, C&E News, June 16, 2014, 32-33.
Skim: Gold Nanoparticle-assisted Selective Photothermolysis of Adipose Tissue, Plast. Reconstr. Surg. Global Open, December 2014, 2(12) e283.
Discussion Leaders: Parveen, Cole, Dakota
Reaction paper 2a: Caleb, Aiden, Toby, Edric, Jamie, Marissa, Zachary, Jacob, Bianca
In class: Metal Nanoparticle Synthesis
|Sept 1||Lab: Gold Nanoparticles (both methods)|
Lab: Continue Microfluidics. Two people per pattern. Look at other patterns as needed for the question answers.
Lab: Flower petals needed for Nov 10
Ratner Chapters 3-4, “The Fundamental Science behind Nanotechnology”
and “Tools of the Nanosciences” but skip pages 56-57 (We will do carbon later.)
Video Profile: Chad Mirkin (2009) or youtube
Video Profile: Chad Mirkin: Gold Nanoparticles & The Future of Medical Diagnostics (2012) or youtube
Video: Gold Nanoparticles or NOVA "Making Stuff: Smaller" (2011) or youtube
Skim Mirkin, "Programming Assembly," Inorg. Chem. 39, 2258 (2000).
Read “Nanoparticles Probe Biosystems,” Materials Today, Feb 2004, 36-43.
Skim "Robust Magnetic/Polymer Hybrid Nanoparticles Designed for Crude Oil Entrapment and Recovery in Aqueous Environments," ACS Nano, 7(9), 7552-7561 (2013)
Discussion Leaders: Caleb, Aiden, Toby
Reaction paper 2b: Parveen, Cole, Dakota, Kikie, Rayne, Guadalupe, Tristan, Arisbeth, Koleman
In class: Electrons and Magnetism
|Sept 8||MEET IN CLASSROOM for Social Identities Exercise|
Lab: Ferrofluid (We will not do the XRD option.)
Lab: Flower petals needed for Nov 10 (Each person needs a flower petal. Larger petals are easier.)
|Sept 13||Ratner Chapter 5, "Grand Tour"
Audio: Cheap Memory, NPR, January 22, 2012
Video: 3D XPoint Announcement (2015) or Intel
Video: 3D XPoint Memory Technology (2015) or Intel
Intel Confirms 2016 Arrival Of 3D XPoint (July 2016)
“Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae,” PNAS, 99(19) 12252 (2002)
“Adhesion and friction in gecko toe attachment and detachment,” PNAS, 103(51) 19320 (2006)
“A biodegradable and biocompatible gecko-inspired tissue adhesive,” PNAS, 105(7) 2307 (2008)
“Surface wettability plays a significant role in gecko adhesion underwater,” PNAS, 110(16) 6340 (2013)
“Spiderman gloves,” Nanotoday, Oct 2008, pages 35-41.
Video: Gecko Superheroes or Science Channel Weird Connections (2008)
Video: Stickybot or Stanford University (2006)
Video: Stickybot III or Stanford University (2010)
Video: Real Spider-Man Wall-Crawling: Science Friction (2014) or youtube
Video: "Tiny robots carry up to 2,000 times their own weight" (2015) or Stanford University or youtube or BBC
Video: "Micro robot climbs vertical glass carrying 100 times its weight" (2015) or Stanford University or youtube
Video: Gecko Stitches or ScienCentral (2008) or youtube
Video: Gecko Adhesive System or University of Akron (2012) or youtube
Video: Non-Stick Nanocoating for Efficient Shipping (2011) or EU Research Media Center (2011) or youtube
Discussion Leaders: Kikie, Rayne, Guadalupe
Reaction paper 3a: Caleb, AIden, Toby, Edric, Jamie, Marissa, Zachary, Jacob, Bianca
In class: Quantum Dots
|Sept 15|| Lab: Quantum Dots (We will not do the optional parts.)|
Lab: Flower petals needed for Nov 10 (Each person needs a flower petal. Larger petals are easier.)
|Sept 20||Ratner pages 56-57, "Common Threads of Nanotechnology: Nanotubes and Nanowires"
"Nanoscale Materials," Chapter 13 in Lynn E. Foster, Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity, Prentice-Hall (2006)
“Directed assembly of nanowires,” Materials Today, May 2009, 4-43.
“Ultracentrifugation of single-walled nanotubes,” Materials Today, Dec 2007, 59-60.
“Carbon nanotube-based neat fibers,” Nano Today, Oct 2008, 24-34.
“CNT-Reinforced Ceramics and Metals,” Materials Today, Nov 2004, 44-49.
“Challenges and opportunities for graphene as transparent conductors in optoelectronics,” Nano Today, Dec 2015, 681-700.
Here's Why Nobody's Talking About Nanotech Anymore (pdf) or Time, Oct 2015.
Video: Polymer Nanotube Composites, Arkema (2009)
Video: Blacker than black or NASA (2010) or youtube
Video: Carbon Nanotubes or NOVA "Making Stuff: Stronger" (2011) or youtube
Video: Spinning Carbon Nanotubes or CSIRO (2005) or youtube
Video: Space Elevator (2007) or PBS Nova or youtube
Video: Space Elevator interview with Michio Kaku (2011) or Daily Show or youtube
Video: Spinning nanotube fibers or Rice University (2014) or youtube
Video: Graphene Revolution or GRAFOID (2015) or youtube
Video: Victor Badminton Rackets (2014) or youtube
Video: CNT Touch-screen (2011) or youtube
Video: Touch-screens from graphene (2015) or youtube
Discussion Leaders: Edric, Jamie, Marissa
Reaction paper 3b: Parveen, Cole, Dakota, Kikie, Rayne, Guadalupe, Tristan, Arisbeth, Koleman
In class: Carbon Nanotubes
|Sept 22||Lab: Nickel nanowires (with option A.)|
|Sept 27||Ratner Chapter 6, "Smart Materials"
“Chromogenic Smart Materials,” Materials Today, March 2004, pages 28-35.
“How Smart Windows Work,” from How Stuff Works or pdf
“Smart, Clean Surfaces,” Materials Today, Nov 2003, pages 43-48.
“Self-Cleaning Glass,” from The Naked Scientists (2009)
“Textiles gain intelligence,” Materials Today, Oct 2003, pages 38-43.
“Nanotechnology in Textiles, ACS Nano, 10(3), 3042-3068 (2016)
“The Time For Thermochromics” Materials Today, Nov 2008, page 11.
“Smart Materials - Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future” Germany Trade and Investment, 2016 (pdf).
Video: SmartGlass Animation (2013) or youtube
Video: NiTi wire (2012) or youtube
Video: Orthodontic NiTi use (2010) or youtube
Video: Shape Memory Textiles (2011), Mariëlle Leenders or youtube
Video: Smart Materials (2011), "Making Stuff" with David Pogue, NOVA or youtube
Video: It's Not Magic: Watch How Smart Parts Self-Assemble (2014), Bloomberg Television or youtube
Video: Nasturtium Leaves (2013)
Video: Self-Cleaning Buildings (2012) or EU Research Media Center or youtube
Video: Smart Clothing (2013), Jonathan Stickland, Forward Thinking or youtube
Video: Netflix Same Day Home Delivery or youtube
Discussion Leaders: Tristan, Arisbeth, Koleman
Reaction paper 4a: Caleb, AIden, Toby, Edric, Jamie, Marissa, Zachary, Jacob, Bianca
In class: NiTi Memory Metal
|Sept 29||Lab: Nickel nanowires (Option C.)|
Lab: Heat Training of NiTi
SEM images (images from lab have been added)
Off-campus Study Fair 11:00-1:00 in atrium
|Oct 4||“History and Properties of Liquid Crystals” from NobelPrize.org
“Liquid Crystals” from Wikipedia
“Fats, Oils, & Colors of a Nanoscale Material,” Science Teacher, Dec 2006, pages 30-35.
“Photonics and lasing in liquid crystals,” Materials Today, July 2006, pages 36-42.
“Liquid Crystal Sensors,” Platypus Technologies (2016)
“Liquid crystals track stem cells,” Materials Today, May 2006, page 19 and “Principles for Measurement of Chemical Exposure Based on Recognition-Driven Anchoring Transitions in Liquid Crystals,” Science, 293, 1296-1299 (2001).
“How RCA Lost the LCD” or IEEE Spectrum, Nov 2012
“Nanomotor rotates microscale objects,” Nature, 440(6) 163 (2006), Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016
“Light pushes liquid uphill,” physicsworld, Sept 2016
Video: LCD Monitor Technique Animation (2010) or youtube
Video: LCD Flat Panel TV (2009), Deconstructed or youtube
Video: LCD Monitor Teardown (2011), Bill Hammack or youtube
Video: Liquid Crystals Sensors (2016), UW-Madison MRSEC or youtube
Discussion Leaders: Zachary, Jacob, Bianca
Reaction paper 4b: Parveen, Cole, Dakota, Kikie, Rayne, Guadalupe, Tristan, Arisbeth, Koleman
In class: Liquid Crystals
|Oct 6|| No class in Beloit (optional International Institute for Nanotechnology Symposium at Northwestern University). Leave from the wall at 7:00 am.
Remember to do the reading for class after break.
|MIDTERM||October 9 is National Nanotechnology Day|
|Oct 18||Crichton, Prey (2002).
Be sure to start reading ahead of time.
Lab: Cholesteryl Ester Liquid Crystals
Lab: Thermite Movies
Oct 21, Family Discovery Night
|Oct 25|| “Power from the sun,” spie oemagazine, April 2003, pages 24-27.
“Plastic Photovoltaic Devices,” Materials Today, Sept 2004, pages 36-40.
“Flexible solar cells for clothing,” Materials Today, June 2006, pages 42-50.
“Inorganic Photovoltaic Cells,” Materials Today, November 2007, pages 20-27.
“Third Generation Photovoltaic Cells,” Materials Today, November 2007, pages 42-50.
“Who Pays for Grid Expansions When Homeowners Generate Their Own Electricity?,” or IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan 2014
“Perovskite Solar Cell Bests Bugbears, Reaches Record Efficiency,” or IEEE Spectrum, 7 Jan 2015
“Millions of Chinese-Made Solar Panels,” Pacific Standard, 30 Jun 2015
“Ultrathin Solar Cells for Lightweight and Flexible Applications,” or IEEE Spectrum, 26 Aug 2015
“Graphene and Perovskite Lead to Inexpensive and Highly Efficient Solar Cells,” or IEEE Spectrum, 8 Sept 2015
“Will Nanophotonics Save Solar Power Tech?,” or IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr 2016
“Perovskite Solar Cells Grow Better With a Dash of Acrylic Glass,” or IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sept 2016
“Perovskites Become More Stable,” or IEEE Spectrum, 29 Sept 2016
“Chinese Solar Cells,” Pacific Standard, 30 Jun 2015
“Tesla to launch solar roofs,” C&E News, 7 Nov 2016
Video: Solar Nanopaint (2007), Nova or youtube
Video: CuInGaSSe (2007), History Channel or youtube
Video: Doughnut solar cell (2009) or youtube
Discussion Leaders: Parveen, Dakota, Tristan, Koleman
Persuasive Paper 1a: Caleb, AIden, Toby, Edric, Jamie, Marissa, Zachary, Jacob, Bianca
In class: Solar Power
Oct 26 Advising Practicum
|Oct 27||Lab: Titanium Dioxide Raspberry Solar Cell|
|Nov 1||Ratner Chapter 7-8, "Sensors" and "Biomedical Applications"
“Nanowire Sensors,” Materials Today, April 2005, pages 20-28.
“Explosive used in Brussels isn't hard to detect,” C&E News, March 29, 2016
Video: Nano Artificial Nose (2011), Technion or youtube
Video: Nano Nose (2012), EU Research Media Center or youtube
Audio: “Can Drug-Sniffing Dog Prompt Home Search?” (2012) or pdf or NPR
Video: Water filter (2015) or youtube
Discussion Leaders: Caleb, Toby, Jamie, Zachary, Bianca
Persuasive Paper 1b: Parveen, Cole, Dakota, Kikie, Rayne, Guadalupe, Tristan, Arisbeth, Koleman
In class: Sensors
|Nov 3||Planning for Help Yourself
Nov 5, 9:30am, Help Yourself
Ratner Chapter 9, "Optics and Electronics"
|Nov 10||Lab: Petal Effect
SEM images (images from lab have been added)
Ratner Chapter 11, "Nanotechnology and You"
Nov 16 International Symposium
|Nov 17||Reports from International Symposium|
|Nov 22||Being Here Event||Nov 24||Thanksgiving|
Jerry Oltion, “Park Rules” in Nanodreams (1995).|
Chesley, “Early Applications,” and Henson, “Trivial Uses,” and McKendree, “Nanotech Hobbies,” in Global Abundance (1996).
"Drexler and Smalley make the case for and against 'molecular assemblers'," C&E News, (2003)
“Make Your Own World With Programmable Matter,” or IEEE Spectrum, 27 May 2014
“How molecules became machines,” Nobel Prize 2016
“The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence,” or Harvard Business Review, 17 November 2016
Animation: Productive Nanosystems (2005), by Eric Drexler and John Burch or youtube
Movie: Self-Assembling Nanoliter Containers (2008), Gracias Lab at Johns Hopkins University or youtube or longer version
Animations: Molecular Machinery Gallery (2011), Nanorex
Animation: DNA Sequencer (2011), Pacific Biosciences or youtube
Animation: DNA Sequencer (2013), Pacific Biosciences or youtube
Movie: Programmable self-assembly in a thousand-robot swarm (2014), Harvard or Science or youtube
Movie: Nobel Prize in Chemistry Explained (2016), C&E News or youtube
|FYI Fall 2016||
The nanoscale refers to materials with dimensions on the scale of nanometers (a thousandth of a thousandth of a thousandth of a meter). The emerging fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology are enabling control of the material world at the scale of atoms and molecules, potentially producing materials with fundamentally different properties and behavior. Material syntheses an atomic layer at a time have already revolutionized lighting and display technologies and are an integral part of today’s computer technology. Studying nanotechnology now is equivalent to studying the automobile in 1900 or the computer in 1960. There is much yet to discover. Hype and reality are often hard to tell apart but it is clear that nanotechnology will affect food and agriculture, water, health and medicine, energy, the economy and the natural environment.
Some questions to consider during the course include
This seminar will include frequent laboratory experiences as we make and study
nanoparticles and their applications. As in most courses, absences will affect
both your class participation and overall grade. This course is cumulative. Lack
of preparation before class or lack of serious participation in class means you
will need to do extra hours of work on your own after class. Late work will generally not
be accepted. See me ahead of time in case of special circumstances.
If you have a disability and would like to speak to someone about possible accommodations, please visit the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office located on 2nd floor Pearsons (north side), 608-363-2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment through joydeleon.youcanbook.me. If you wish to receive accommodations in this class, please provide the Access Letter as soon as possible so your learning needs may be appropriately met. Free peer tutoring is available for most classes. For a tutor, apply by going to your Portal, to the Student Life tab, and then apply using the Tutoring Forms (on left) and Request a Tutor. If you have any questions, contact Learning Enrichment and Disability Services.
Basis of evaluation
• Class participation in discussions and labs. You are expected to contribute at least once to every discussion. Labs will have questions to hand in for grading.
• Six papers (a 2-3 page paper every other week) based on assigned readings or events. See handout.
• Preparation for and leadership of the technical discussion for one Tuesday during each half of the semester (done in groups). You should look up additional material such as that based on our earlier reference work. Feel free to be creative in your leadership and plans for the class.
• Sharing of nanotechnology with Help Yourself participants (November 5) and a written reflection of that process.
• Report from Beloit International Symposium (November 16).
• During the semester you should keep a list (with references) that corresponds to each of our major questions. It is expected that information from each week of class would be in your summary. The purpose of this list is to organize the class material and make it easier for your to make connections across the course.
• Participation in a group presentation for the Being There concluding event, based on thinking about the content of our course from an entrepreneurial perspective. See handout.
Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea, Mark Ratner and Daniel Ratner, Prentice Hall (2003).
Lab Manual for Nanoscale Science and Technology (2016).
Materials Today, Elsevier
Nanotechnology news stories, PhysOrg
"There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom," Richard Feynman(1959).
"Nanotechnology: Shaping The World Atom By Atom," National Science and Technology Council, (1999).
"No small matter: The case for a global moratorium," ETC Group, (2003).
"Future Technology, Today's Choices," Greenpeace, (2003).
Nanoethics, Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, John Weckert, Wiley (2007)
The Nanotech Chronicles, Michael Flynn, Simon and Schuster (1991).
Prey, Michael Crichton, HarperCollins (2002).
G. Lisensky, Nanotechnology FYI, Last modified August 23, 2017