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Welcome to Nanoscience: Interdisciplinary Environmental Explorations, Grades 9–12

Welcome to Nanoscience introduces nanotechnology through investigations of groundwater and is targeted for use in high school Biology, Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science Classes. The curriculum consists of a set of nano-science lessons which can be taught as stand alone lessons or as a whole curriculum. Taken as a whole, the materials span approximately three weeks of in-class instructional activities. The curriculum booklet includes several introductory chapters that provide background on nano-scale science and technology. Each classroom-tested, inquiry-based investigation follows the BSCS 5E Instructional Model and includes step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and data charts. Teachers may choose to use individual lessons or adopt the book in its entirety. Welcome to Nanoscience helps biology, chemistry, and Earth and environmental science teachers at the secondary level introduce the science behind nanotechnology into their curriculum. The authors begin with historical background, include tips on how to use the book, and lessons are mapped to National Science Education Standards. The book provides a unique framework for the study of nano-scale science through environmental science, specifically groundwater pollution. Read More

Green and Healthy Jobs

An 84 page report prepared by the Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California at Berkeley, funded by the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights (CPWR) Center for Construction Research and Training Small Study Grant and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It defines green construction jobs and hazards, makes recommendations, and includes case studies. Read More

Biological Nanotechnology

This website was developed for general audiences, as well as students and teachers. Along with text and illustrations describing nanotechnology in general and the MBNE in particular, the site utilizes animations, interactive virtual microscopes and detailed sidebars where you can learn about fundamental nanotechnology concepts including self-assembly (the spontaneous organization of parts to form an ordered whole) and biomimicry (the approach by which scientists identify and replicate successful processes and materials in nature). Read More

Research Activities - 113 RW

Education is a central function in the CMTC. There are presently about 30 graduate students and another 10 undergraduate students working on composites-related theses leading to the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in several departments. A list of affiliated faculty and their interests in the area of composite materials and structures is given in the CMTC Faculty Page. Special educational programs are offered in the summer for high school students as well as educators with an interest in composite materials. Read More

Technology & Engineering

Scientific discovery and advancement affect our lives in two different ways—through new policies and regulations that provide broad national direction and through new products and processes that enhance our lives and communities. Technology and engineering translate scientific knowledge into action. At the same time, technological innovations often require further research into materials, devices, and processes. NIFA programs support engineering research and new technology development, as well as academic training and technology transfer. Together, these efforts result in safer, higher-quality foods; more efficient and environmentally sound agricultural practices; and better educated and more economically capable communities. Read More

Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution

The science is good, the engineering is feasible, the paths of approach are many, the consequences are revolutionary-times-revolutionary, and the schedule is: in our lifetimes. Read More


Manufactured products are made from atoms. The properties of those products depend on how those atoms are arranged. If we rearrange the atoms in coal we can make diamond. If we rearrange the atoms in sand (and add a few other trace elements) we can make computer chips. If we rearrange the atoms in dirt, water and air we can make potatoes. Todays manufacturing methods are very crude at the molecular level. Casting, grinding, milling and even lithography move atoms in great thundering statistical herds. It’s like trying to make things out of LEGO blocks with boxing gloves on your hands. Yes, you can push the LEGO blocks into great heaps and pile them up, but you can’t really snap them together the way you’d like. Read More

Nanowerk Spotlight

Behind the buzz and beyond the hype: Our daily Nanowerk-exclusive nanotechnology feature article. Some stories are more like an introduction to nanotechnology, some are about understanding current developments, and some are advanced reviews of leading edge research. Read More

What is Nanotechnology?

A KQED Multimedia Series Exploring Northern California Science, Environment and Nature. Read More

Nanotechnologies for Water Environment Applications

Library Holdings. Nanotechnologies, “the engine of the next Industrial Revolution,” represent the new wave of research for chemical and industrial innovation. However, with any new technology or compound, comes the threat of harm to humans and natural ecosystems. Research into the environmental effects, as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of nanotechnologies and nanoproducts has never been more important. Read More


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