offered June 11
Have you been fascinated by reports of the transformative potential of nanotechnology but a little unsure what it all means? A new mini-course offered by WIST provides "nanotechnology literacy" and introduces participants to some of the tools and techniques of the science. The properties of nanoparticles are unlike bulk materials because the properties of nanoparticles are size and shape dependent. Therefore scientists have the potential to create materials with specific properties.
To some degree, we have been controlling nanoparticle formation for centuries, as the colors in centuries-old stained glass were obtained with different sized particles of gold and silver. However, only in the last few decades, have we had the analytical tools to image nanoparticles and the synthetic methodology to, occasionally, control the shape and size of particles. Participants will be introduced to scanning probe and electron microscopies that allow individual nanoparticles to be imaged as well as techniques used to analyze larger samples of nanoparticles. Additionally, the wide variety of synthetic techniques used to prepare nanomaterials will be discussed. Throughout the course, the use of nanomaterials in consumer products, medical diagnostics, and sensors will serve as examples, and the environmental considerations of nanoparticles will be discussed.
After completion of this mini course, the participant should be able to:
* explain on a basic level unusual phenomena observed on the nanoscale
* explain on a basic level tools used to characterize nanomaterials
* provide multiple examples of nanomaterial preparation
* discuss several current and predicted applications of nanomaterials.
This one day course, on June 11, runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is included. The course fee is $450.
This course is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about nanotechnology. Your instructor is Robin Tanke, Ph.D., is a UW-Stevens Point professor of chemistry. She has research experience with silver and germanium nanoparticles since 2000 as well as course instruction in nanotechnology since 2003.