Exploring Products - Nano Sand (NanoDays 2011)

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    Exploring Products - Nano Sand

"Exploring Products - Nano Sand" is a hands-on activity exploring how water behaves differently when it comes in contact with nano sand and regular sand. Visitors learn about the hydrophobic properties of nano sand. "Explore Science - Zoom info Nano Mystery Sand" (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.



Big Idea

The way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its structure on the nanoscale

Learning Goals

The way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its stucture on the nanoscale.

Hydrophobic sand is coated with a nanometer-thick layer of a silicon compound, which makes it repel water.

Nano Content Map
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.

Owning institution

The Science Museum of Minnesota


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