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  • Rich Gurney
  • Asst. Professor
  • Chemistry
  • Simmons College
  • 300 The Fenway
  • Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521 - 2729


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Nanoscience is the study of materials in the 1-100 nanometer size range. These materials have unique size dependent properties that have the potential to revolutionize medicine and consumer products. This unit focuses on comparing physical properties of bulk materials vs. nanomaterials. The three student exercises focus on identifying consumer products that include nanomaterials and investigating the role of green chemistry in nanotechnology related to its impact on the environment and the microchip manufacturing industry.

This module is one of nineteen end-of-chapter modules that integrate green chemistry with specific chemistry concepts within each chapter. This module includes three web investigations four separate exercises focused on communicating findings using a variety of reporting strategies and one cooperative exercise. This material is included in chapter three "Atomic Structure."

Summary prepared March 2008 by Dana R. Garves at the University of Oregon.


Hill, J. W.; Kolb, D. K. Chemistry for Changing Times, Print 2007; pp 81-83.

Category Descriptors

Chemistry Concepts
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology (Special Topics)
Green Chemistry Principles
  • Design Safer Chemicals and Products
  • Increase Energy Efficiency
  • Maximize Atom Economy
  • Prevent Waste
  • Use Catalysts
Chemistry Subdiscipline
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology (Chemistry Subdiscipline)
  • Organic Chemistry
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