The "Sweet Self-Assembly" program focuses on the creation of macrocapsules using self-assembly techniques. Participants make edible macrocapsules using techniques similar to those being used in laboratories to make nanocapsules or “smart drugs”.
This is a recording of a NISE Network online brown-bag conversation held in 2013. This brown-bag conversation focuses on how nanoscale science and food intersect.
Presented by: Frank Kusiak of the Lawrence Hall of Science
For more information, and for a link to the recording, please see the Resources section of this page.
“Kitchen Chemistry” is a live stage presentation about recognizing and exploring the science that we practice every day in our very own homes. We take a look at the chemistry behind a seemingly simple bowl of spaghetti – from boiling water, to the behavior of starches and lubricants both on the macro- and nanoscale, to the nanosensors that determine our perception of taste and smell; how cooking is a complex chemistry, and how we are complex in the ways we experience our food. The presentation consists of multiple demonstrations, many including audience participation.
"Exploring Fabrication - Gummy Capsules" lets visitors make self-assembled polymer spheres. They learn that self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures, and that self-assembly is used to make nanocapsules that can deliver medication.
Presenter puts Mentos candy into soda to create a soda fountain. This is a dramatic demonstration of the effects of surface area.
This demonstration isn’t heavily focused on nanotechnology,but can be a spectacular finale that you add on to other nano demos like Intro to Nano or Surface Area. (It’s probably best as a substitution for Alka-Seltzer, rather than being performed with it.) It’s also just a crowd pleasing demo that briefly mentions nano.