Mixtures and Nanotechnology

By Joyce Palmer Allen

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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The purpose of this unit is to help students make the connection that the classification of mixtures is based on the size of particles. This connects to two of the Big Ideas in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Stevens, Sutherland, and Krajick 2009). The first is Size and Scale or factors relating to size and geometry of materials which help describe matter and predict its behavior. The second is Size-Dependent Properties that can change with scale. In particular, as the size of a material transitions from the bulk to atomic scale, it often exhibits unexpected
properties that lead to new functionality.


Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology NNIN RET Program.

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This lesson was developed with support of the National Science Foundation, NNIN and the NNIN RET Program.

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  • Joyce Palmer Allen (2017), "Mixtures and Nanotechnology," http://nanohub.org/resources/25624.

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Nancy Healy

NNCI Education and Outreach, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA