Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blog Post 16: Dr. Matt Ray Presentation

Yesterday we had a very informative talk on nanoparticles termed colloids. Dr. Ray showed some great images and videos of nanoparticles in solutions.

1. Describe your observation of the common liquid in which he started his talk.

2. Dr. Ray explain two ways in which keep small particles from sticking to themselves and aggregating in to large masses. He explained that the surface area of these particles is important to maintain to feel the benefits of the nanosize. Explain those two methods that he described.

Blog Post 15: Dr. Asthana Presentation

Dr. Rajiv Asthana presented to our class his work on nano and micro materials. There were two topics that were of particular interest. For this post I would like for you to explore the topics/questions below:

1. What are grains and grain boundaries in a material? I suggest you focus on metals. Explain how material properties are affected by the size of these grains.

2. How does one engineer or process materials to reduce the grain size? In particular, I would like for you to explore and then explain how single crystal silicon is produced for the solar industry.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Blog Post 14: Final Exam/Project

The final invention project is Due Dec 19, Monday and to be presented to the class during the final exam period which is at 10:00 am in room 150.

An electronic file needs to be submitted of the presentation and the poster to Dr. Schultz. Please submit these in the dropbox on the D2L site.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blog Post 13: Nano and Proteins

1. Post a brief description (and link) to a general overview of MALDI.

2. Post an image (3D) of the following proteins: microcystin LR, collagen, and pick another one of your favorite proteins.

3. Post the size of each of these proteins in nanometers.

4. Research and post a cool nano-application that involves proteins.

A great resource for protein is at the Protein Data Bank at:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blog Post 12: Invention Background/References

Post 10 references to your invention project. Post a brief paragraph of the summary of each of your references. These references must be from the primary literature which can be accessed through the UW-Stout library. I suggest utilizing Web of Science and Science Citation Index.

Blog Post 11: Invention Team/Timeline

Post the names of the individuals working on your invention team. Describe the activities that each person is engaged with and list the timeline for your activities to complete your invention project. The invention complete project is due Dec 19. Each team needs to create a 24" x 26" poster that describes the invention. Topics/questions to address on the poster are:

what is the issue/opportunity you are trying to address? Describe the background and current efforts to address this issue/opportunity

describe your invention that utilizes nanotechnology, describe what makes the invention based on nanotechnology

describe the materials and processing that would be needed to make the invention

address any safety/environmental concerns

address costs for developing and producing

address any regulations that may need to be addressed

address the consumer acceptance of this nano-invention.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blog Post 10: SEM Image

Post an SEM image of your item explored by your group.

Nano Conference Info

Consider going to the nano conference, register before Nov 4th.

More info and registration at:

Blog Post 9: Intro to Invention Project

Begin to collect thoughts on a Nano invention or innovation. Choose a topic/idea and post this. Also decide on a partner or group and post who is in this partnership/group.

Blog Post 8: Applications

Find 10 nano-applications of interest to you. Post a brief description and a link for more info. For each application, explain the "nano" part based on the descriptions of what makes nano special from the website:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blog Post 7: Diffraction Experiment with Simulation

Utilizing the difrfaction slides and laser pointers address the following questions.

1. What is the 4 patterns printed on the slides? Somehow draw and post this pattern on your blog, and explain how you arrived at this pattern.

2. Determine the distance between the line patterns on the slides, and how thick the lines may be based on your changing of the simulator to duplicate the pattern you measured.

3. Setup the light wave simulator to simulate the patterns on the 35 mm slides. Grab a picture of these simulations and post them for each of your patterns.

4. Which light can measure smaller things, red light or green light? Post an image of the simulator demonstrating this.

You may not be able to match the simulation perfectly to your measurements, but you certainly can make a judgement on a size range of the lines.

Blog Post 6: Good Nano Websites

Develop a list of at least 10 good Nano websites. Get two types, one of a general nature, and one that is focused on your interests.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blog Post 5: Wave Interference Simulation Activities

Blog Post 5

1. Measure the wavelength of two drops of different amplitude, leave frequency constant.

2. Measure the wavelength of two drops with different frequency, leave amplitude constant.

3. Explain your results for Question 1 and 2.

4. Introduce a second faucet for the next set of questions.
- measure the wavelength of the two drips, in cm
- then measure distances from each drip(red dots) to the 6 constructive interference points (yellow dots) and report these values, cm
- explain the observation you have on the distance comparisons to the constructive interference points to the wavelength of the water wave.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blogpost 4: Wave Interference

Make sure that the following simulation runs for next week. Play with the simulation and get a sense of what it is showing.

Blog Post 3: Waves



1. which takes more energy, slow up and down, or fast up and down?
2. fast frequency corresponds to low energy or high energy?
3. Determine the frequency of the provided wave(frequency 27, amplitude 50)in Hz?
4. Determine the frequency of the provided wave(frequency 100, amplitude 50) in Hz?
5. Determine the frequency of the provided wave(frequency 27and amplitude 100) in Hz.
6. What is the wavelength of the provided wave(frequency 27, amplitude 50)in cm?
7. What is the wavelength of the provided wave(frequency 100, amplitude 50)in cm?
8. Describe the relationships between energy, frequency and wavelength. Include descriptions for relationships of all three.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blog Post 2: Unit Cell of NaCl

Post an image of your unit cell model on your blog.

Post the height, width and length of the unit cell in nm, angstroms, and meters.

Determine and post the mass of one cube of NaCl. Calculate and post the number of moles of NaCl in one cube. Calculate and post the number of NaCl molecules in one cube of salt.

Determine the dimension of one cube of salt. Based on the dimensions determined by the unit cell model, determine and post the number of NaCl in one cube of salt.

Blog Post 1: Describe 10 nm and mole of atoms

On your blog, post your description of 10 nm and a mole of atoms.

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