"Exploring Structures - Buckyballs" is a hands-on activity in which visitors fold up a precut shape to make a model of a buckyball. They learn that buckyballs are tiny, soccerball-shaped molecules made of carbon.
“Forms of Carbon” is a cart demo that demonstrates how the nanoscale arrangement of atoms dramatically impacts a material’s macroscale behavior. Visitors learn about the structure and properties of four different forms of carbon. During the program, visitors interact with models of four different forms of carbon. Visitors also observe the conductivity of graphite (using a simple circuit and an everyday pencil) and the hardness of diamond (using a diamond scribe to cut glass).
Ball-and-stick models of carbon nanotube structures on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of a graphite structure on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of a graphene structure on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of a diamond structure on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of a buckyball on a black or white background.
This is a recording of a NISE Network online brown-bag conversation held in February 2015 focused on the applications and scientific background behind NISE Net activities related to graphene and nano-coatings. The presentation covered a variety of past and present NanoDays activities, including Exploring Materials - Graphene, Exploring Properties - Heat Transfer, and Exploring Products - Kinetic Sand.
Graphene. If you haven't heard of it before, you have now. And it may prove to be the next big thing in materials science. SciShow explains what it is, why it's so awesome, and what challenges we face in harnessing its amazing properties. (5 minutes) Hosted by Hank Green, SciShow discusses science news and history and concepts. With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, we go a little deeper...without going off the deep end.
This scanning electron microscope image shows nanotube yarn fibers drawn from a "nanotube forest."
Nanometer and micron-sized yarn or fibers drawn from multiwalled carbon nanotubes can have tensile strengths comparable to or exceeding those of spider silk. Replacing metal wires in electronic textiles with these nanotube yarns could lead to important new functionalities, such as the ability to actuate (as an artificial muscle) and to store energy (as a fiber super-capacitor or battery).