International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Lithography of Polymer Nanostructures on Glass for Teaching Polymer Chemistry and Physics

Activity by Charles michael Drain   |   added on Feb 11, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

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an experiment that uses simple CD-Rs, C-clamps, an oven, and a freezer that provides concrete examples and insights into the chemistry and principles of nanolithography. The experiment also has flexibility, making it suitable for a range of classroom levels from high school to more advanced labs in college.

As nanolithography becomes increasingly important in technology and daily life, a variety of inexpensive and creative methods towards communicating the concepts underpinning these processes in the classroom are necessary. Herein is described an experiment that uses simple CD-Rs, C-clamps, an oven, and a freezer that provides concrete examples and insights into the chemistry and principles of nanolithography. The experiment also has flexibility, making it suitable for a range of classroom levels from high school to more advanced labs in college. Since CD-Rs are composed of grooves of polycarbonate, the experiment provides a basis for discussions and exploration into the chemistry and physics of polymers on the nanoscale.s


Topic: laboratory instruction, polymer chemistry, hands-on learning / manipulatives, nanotechnology, surface science Audience: high school/ introductory chemistry, first-year undergraduate/general, upper-division undergraduate
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