Liquid Body Armor

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Visitors will learn how nanotechnology is being used to create new types of protective fabrics. The classic experiment "Oobleck" is used to demonstrate how scientists are using similar techniques to recreate this phenomenon in flexible fabrics.


Big Idea

Nanotechnology can be used to create new protective fabrics with unique properties.

Learning Goals

1. Explore and learn about the molecular behavior which gives Oobleck its unique properties.

2. Learn how nanotechnologists and material researchers are applying these properties to protective fabrics.

Nano Content Map
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.


Year created

Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.


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