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

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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.


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.


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

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