Sunscreen and Nanotechnology Lab

By SHINE Project1, SHINE Project1

1. SHINE: Seattle's Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education

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This lab consists of activities designed to teach students about nanotechnology applications in sunscreens.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Synthesize Zn(OH)2 via two different chemical methods (bulk and micro-emulsion)

  • Determine if there is any visible difference in the characteristics of the product formed in each method
  • Determine whether there is a difference in the UV-absorbing quality of micro- vs. nano-powders of ZnO

  • Create a hand-cream (emulsion) base for a sunscreen lotion

  • Prepare a sunscreen by adding ZnO microparticles to a portion of the hand cream

  • Test the ability of the sunscreen to absorb UV light.

Lab Contents:

  • Sunscreen and Nanotechnology Lab Activity, including:
    • Pre-Lab and Safety/Hazards Assignment
    • Background Information
    • References
    • Student Report Sheet
  • SDS: Safety Data Sheets for the Sunscreen and Nanotechnology Lab

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1204279. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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  • SHINE Project, SHINE Project (2016), "Sunscreen and Nanotechnology Lab,"

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Kristine Schroeder

SHINE: Seattle's Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education