In this activity, visitors watch as a crystal self-assembles instantly! During this activity visitors learn what crystals are and how they grow. They also discover that self-assembly is an important process for many naturally occurring systems.
- What self-assembly is
- What crystals are
- That crystal formation is due to the self-assembly of atoms and molecules
- That super-saturated solutions can form crystals
- That some reactions produce heat (some reactions are exothermic)
- That using super-cooled solutions can speed up crystal formation
- 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.
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