Nanotechnology Invention and Design: Phase Changes, Energy, and Crystals (High School curriculum lesson)

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This 3-part lesson introduces the nanoscale effect of various energy inputs on the crystal lattice of a smart material, Nitinol, and then invites students to become nanotechnology inventors. Students will first explore how energy exchanges lead to solid-state phase changes at the macroscale and explore the applications of this nanotechnology.


Nano Content Map: 
  • Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
  • Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.


National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) funded by the National Science Foundation
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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN); © 2012 Daniella Duran and the University of California, Santa Barbara

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