Unexpected Properties

This exhibit demonstrates how materials at the nanoscale can have unexpected properties. The tabletop interactive, Quantum Dots, focuses on the property of color and how a material’s color may change when brought down to the nanoscale. Visitors alter the size of a magnified quantum dot and watch the light that it emits shift from red to blue as it shrinks to a fraction of a nanometer. The copy panel and side monitors explain how unexpected properties are being used in real-world applications of quantum dots and nanoparticles, from medical imaging to consumer goods.

The Electric Squeeze

This cart demo is about piezoelectricity - how some crystals produce electricity when you squeeze them. Visitors learn about the history of piezoelectricity, how it's used, and how it's applied in nanotechnology. They make electric sparks, handle models and listen to cheesy music.

Nanotechnology Part 1: Explore the Nanoscale and Part 2: Nanoproperties

Australian animated videos on nanoscience scale (Part 1) and properties (Part 2).

Underpinning an understanding of nanotechnology are two foundational aspects. First appreciating the nanoscale - how might we imagine one billionth of a meter? And second exploring novel nano properties such as conductivity, color and reactivity. This pair of animations explores both scale and properties.

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