Electro-deposition of Copper on a Filter Template for Growing Nanowires (High School AP and Undergraduate Chemistry curriculum lesson)

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Description
This experiment will use an electro-plating process to transfer metal ions in a solution to a template to produce nanowires. In this experiment, an anode (platinum strip) will be used in a solution of copper sulfate. Copper will be plated out onto the pores of a filter at the cathode. Students will discover how nanowires can be created to further understand the reduction-oxidation process, Ohm’s law, and the mechanism of metal electroplating.

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Big Idea

Structure of Matter; Forces and Interactions

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.

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Funding

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) funded by the National Science Foundation

Owning institution

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN); © 2013 Francois Nguyen and the University of Minnesota

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