Small Materials to Solve Big Problems: Nanochemistry - Context/problem-based learning 


This context based case study investigates the use of nanomaterials for the development of commercial applications in the areas of medicine, materials and environment. It covers the synthesis, characterisation and application of nanomaterials in a variety of contexts. As part of the resource students are asked to investigate the use of nanomaterials to prepare a commercial product.


This resource has been provided by, or developed in partnership with, The National HE STEM Programme.


The resource is a paper- based exercise, but will be supported with data collected from experiments, which is available electronically. Students will be presented with an introduction to nanochemistry and with self directed exercises to introduce concepts. Characterisation techniques for nanomaterials showing the instrumentation used and the applications of these materials in a real life context will be covered.

The case study will allow them as groups to build on their learning to compile their case study material into a wiki and present to the class. Introductory support on the synthesis of nanomaterials and the characterisation techniques involved have been provided in electronic resources. The workshops have been designed to promote student driven learning.

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