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Chemistry plays a significant role in the emerging interdisciplinary fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The nanoscale refers to materials with dimensions on the scale of nanometers (a thousandth of a thousandth of a thousandth of a meter). Control of the material world at the scale of atoms and molecules can produce materials with fundamentally different properties and behavior and has been touted as the next technological revolution. Some questions we will consider include: What nanotechnology already exists? What makes nanomaterials special? How can they be prepared? What tools can be used to study such materials? Three class periods and one laboratory period per week. (U) Offered in even years.

Prerequisite: Previous chemistry or physics background. No specific course is required but you should have experience doing and recording laboratory work.

Spring 2022 Nanochemistry Pearce

 First Half

Jan 24 Class: Nanochemistry Basics
Jan 26 Lab: Electrochromic Prussian Blue Thin Films. See required lab notebook format and using our multimeters. Come to lab with table of contents started and written purpose and method sections.
Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, Introduction (pages 1-10).
Discussion of Reading: Nanotech Promise (2007) by Peterson and Heller from Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology.
Discussion of Reading: The invisible giant: a future enabled by nanotechnology (2013), Section 1.2 in European Commission Nanotechnology Report.
Discussion of Video: Water filter (2015) from Liquidity Nanotech (youtube)
Discussion of Video: Filtering Drinking Water with Nanofibers (2016) from MIT Technology Review or youtube.
Skim: "Electrochromic energy storage devices," Materials Today, September 2016, 394-402.
Skim: "Rocking Chair Desalination Battery Based on Prussian Blue Electrodes," ACS Omega, 2017, 4, 1653-1659.
Jan 28 Literature reports 1A
Choose a recent nano article that you understand from Nanoletters or ACS NANO or Nanoscale Advances. Focus primarily on a figure or two in the paper and be familiar with the experimental section. Be sure to check for supplementary information (movies and the experimental section may be located there). By end of Wednesday email to claim a paper by including a link to the abstract. Papers that have been selected will be posted here. On Friday, present the figure(s) in a short oral report and answer questions about the experimental details. Test questions in this course will be drawn from these student selected papers, so for the rest of the class your presentation is a practice test.
1. Tiffany: Moisture-Wicking Passive Radiative Cooling Hierarchical Metafabric
2. Takeshi: Defect Engineering in Solution-Processed Polycrystalline SnSe Leads to High Thermoelectric Performance
3. Jack: Printing Air-Stable High-Tc Molecular Magnet with Tunable Magnetic Interaction
4. Frida: Enhancing the mechanical strength and toughness of epoxy resins with linear POSS nano-modifiers
Jan 31 Class: Consumer Products
Lab notebook due for Electrochromic Prussian Blue. See required lab notebook format.
Feb 02 Lab: Octadecanethiol Monolayer on Silver Everyone will make their own mirror and films. One or two films will be measured for contact angle and the data shared. Get protractor here. Indicate on the image where you measured the angle.
Movie: Background information (self assembly)
Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, Concepts (Chapter 1).
Discussion of Reading: Superhydrophobic and superoleophobic properties in nature," Materials Today, June 2015, 273-285.
Discussion of Video: Lotus Effect (2011) or Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Discussion of Video: Nasturtium Leaves (2013).
Discussion of Videos: Superhydrophobic Materials (2019).
Discussion of Video: Non-Stick Nanocoating for Efficient Shipping (2011) or EU Research Media Center or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Anti-icing Superhydrophobic coating (2009) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: LiquiGlide Nonstick Coatings (2019) or Kripa Varanasi, MIT or youtube.
Skim: "Icephobicity studies of superhydrophobic coatings on concrete via spray method," Materials Letters, 2018, 233, 263–266.
Discussion of Video: Nanotechnology in Food (2018) or European Food Safety Authority or youtube.
Feb 04 Literature reports 1B
1. Ani: Bio-inspired Track-Etched Polymeric Nanochannels: Steady-State Biosensors for Detection of Analytes
2. Kyle: Removal of Particulate Matter Emissions from a Vehicle Using a Self-Powered Triboelectric Filter
3. Onix: Gold Nanoparticles Adsorbed on Graphene as Nanozymes for the Efficient Elimination of Dye Pollutants
4. Katrina: Nanofiber-Based Proton Exchange Membranes: Development of Aligned Electrospun Nanofibers for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Applications
5. Lauryn: Biomimetic Hierarchically Silver Nanowire Interwoven MXene Mesh for Flexible Transparent Electrodes and Invisible Camouflage Electronics
Feb 07 Class: Metal Nanoparticles
Lab notebook due for Octadecanethiol Monolayer on Silver. See above.
Feb 09 Lab: Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles and Sodium Borohydride Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles and Microwave-assisted Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles. You will be assigned one of these syntheses for your lab, but you should be familliar with all of them prior to lab.
Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, Gold (Chapter 3).
Skim: Crystal structures of gold nanoparticles (jmol).
Discussion of Video: Naomi Halas, Interview and Video, PBS Nova (2005) or youtube
Discussion of Video: Gold Nanoshells, Synthesis and Demonstration (2009) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Synthesis of Hollow Gold Nanospheres (2010) or youtube.
Skim: Science Translational Medicine, 27 October 2010 or NIH.
Skim: Rice team achieves a cancer milestone, Houston Chronicle, November 2012.
Skim: Solar Vapor Generation Enabled by Nanoparticles, ACS Nano, 7(1), 42-49 (2013).
Skim: Using Gold Nanoparticles to Kill Cancer, Physics Central, APS, April 2016 and movie.
Skim: Exploding nanobubbles can kill cancer cells, Science, AAAS, February 2016.
Discussion of Video: Researchers Look To Gold To Help Combat Prostate Cancer, Mount Sinai Health System (2018) or youtube
Discussion of Reading: Liposuction Goes Nano, C&E News, June 16, 2014, 32-33.
Skim: Gold Nanoparticle-assisted Selective Photothermolysis of Adipose Tissue, Plast. Reconstr. Surg. Global Open, December 2014, 2(12) e283.
Feb 11 Literature reports 1C
1.Kidist: Vibrational Properties in Highly Strained Hexagonal Boron Nitride Bubbles
2.Catherin: Fibronectin-Coated Metal–Phenolic Networks for Cooperative Tumor Chemo-/Chemodynamic/Immune Therapy via Enhanced Ferroptosis Mediated Immunogenic Cell Death
3.Cameron: Ligand-assisted deposition of ultra-small Au nanodots on Fe2O3/reduced graphene oxide for flexible gas sensors
4.Prakhar: A novel Ag nanoparticles purification method and the conductive ink based on the purified Ag nanoparticles for printed electronics
5.Thanh: Atmospheric Pressure Mass Spectrometry of Single Viruses and Nanoparticles by Nanoelectromechanical Systems
Feb 14 Class: Nanowires
Lab notebook due for Gold and Silver Nanoparticles.
Feb 16 Lab: Synthesis of Nickel Nanowires. See using our multimeters. Arrive with purpose and method written in your notebook. You should be able to complete the synthesis portion of the lab today, and will extract the nanorods and characterize them next week.
Discussion of Reading: “Nanoparticles Probe Biosystems,” Materials Today, Feb 2004, 36-43.
Discussion of Reading: “Directed assembly of nanowires,” Materials Today, May 2009, 34-43.
Discussion of Reading: “Programming Assembly," Inorg. Chem. 39, 2258 (2000).
Discussion of Reading: “Nanowires made from silver are super stretchy," Nature Materials, 16, p. 439–445 (2017).
Discussion of Video: Chad Mirkin (2009) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Chad Mirkin: Gold Nanoparticles & The Future of Medical Diagnostics (2012) or youtube
Discussion of Video: Gold Nanoparticles or NOVA "Making Stuff: Smaller" (2011) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Non-chemotoxic Induction of Cancer Cell Death Using Magnetic Nanowires (2015) or vimeo
Discussion of Video: Gold particles have a new use finding defects in 3D printing (2018) or youtube
Feb 18 Literature reports 1D
1. Jacob: Nanoparticle Surface Engineering with Heparosan Polysaccharide Reduces Serum Protein Adsorption and Enhances Cellular Uptake
2. Jalen: Real-Time Sensing with Multiplexed Optomechanical Resonators
3. Sasank: Directional quantum dot emission by soft-stamping on silicon Mie resonators
4. Damaris: Nanoprogrammed Cross-Kingdom Communication Between Living Microorganisms
5. Antarikish: Nanoengineered Sprayable Therapy for Treating Myocardial Infarction
Feb 21 Class: Photonics
No lab notebook due
Feb 23 Lab: Continue Nickel Nanowires on the same page as your earlier work for this experiment but include a new date. Every group will extract nanowires from the disc. Some groups will prepare an XRD sample and obtain the free nanowire XRD. Others will perform visible microscopy or prepare a labeled SEM sample. All groups will share some characterization data. Measure lengths in SEM images using ImageJ. Your notebook should indicate where you measured.
Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, Silica (Chapter 2).
Skim: “Nanostructure Polymers for Photonics,” Materials Today, April 2008, pages 48-56.
Discussion of Reading: “P-Ink and Elast-Ink,” Materials Today, July 2008, pages 44-51.
Discussion of Reading: “Smelling chemicals with a photonic nose,” SPIE (2011).
Discussion of Reading: “Keeping Good Company with the Chameleon,” Materials Views (2015).
Skim: “Electronic Qubit Integrated Into Solid-State Switch,” or IEEE Spectrum, 12 Feb 2016.
Skim: “Plasmonics Make Electrochromic Polymers Fast Enough for Video,” or IEEE Spectrum, 28 April 2016.
Skim: “Brighter Displays Come From the Wings of a Butterfly,” or IEEE Spectrum, 3 June 2016.
Discussion of Reading: “Nanophotonic Crystals Separate Real Luxury Watches From the Fakes,” or IEEE Spectrum, 28 June 2016.
Skim: “Flexible and Colorful Electronic Paper Promises a New Look for E-books,” or IEEE Spectrum, 18 October 2016.
Discussion of Video: NatureTech: The Material World, (2006) BBC Part 4 or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Operating Opalux P-Ink Device with a Battery (2010) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Biomimicry, (2015) General Electric or youtube.
Discussion of Reading: "How to get that old-fashioned light bulb glow without wasting so much energy," Science, 2016.
Discussion of Video: A Bright Future with Photonics, Cather Simpson (2018) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Silicon Photonics, Intel Business (2018) or youtube.
Discussion of Reading: “World's Thinnest Optical Waveguide Is Only Three Atoms Thick,” or IEEE Spectrum, 14 August 2019.
Feb 25 Literature reports 2A
1. Tiffany: Real-Time Observation and Analysis of Magnetomechanical Actuation of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Cells
2. Takeshi: A Foldable Lithium Sulfur Battery
3. Jack: Structural Color for Additive Manufacturing: 3D-Printed Photonic Crystals from Block Copolymers
4. Amaya: Bio-inspired hierarchical nanoporous carbon derived from water spinach for high-performance supercapacitor electrode materials
5. Frida: Fire-Resistant and Hierarchically Structured Elastic Ceramic Nanofibrous Aerogels for Efficient Low-Frequency Noise Reduction
Feb 28 Class: Semiconductors, Metal Oxides, and Piezoelectricity
Lab notebook due for Nickel Nanowires.
Mar 02 TEST in 302
Lab: Start Hydrothermal Growth of ZnO Nanorods - Synthesis (10 minutes). Arrive with purpose and method for the synthesis written in your notebook on a new page. Leave the prepared tubes next to the oven for inspection.
Discussion of Reading: “Smart, Clean Surfaces,” Materials Today, Nov 2003, pages 43-48.
Discussion of Reading: "Titanium dioxide: environmental white knight?" Environmental Health Perspectives, Apr 2001, page A174-8.
Discussion of Reading/Audio: Self-Cleaning Glass (2009) from The Naked Scientists.
Discussion of Video: Self-Cleaning Buildings (2012) or EU Research Media Center or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Smog-Eating Buildings (2013) or CNN or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Use the Power of Light to Clean Your Air (2014), or PURETi or youtube
Discussion of Video: Reduce Building Maintenance (2015) or CeramiClean or youtube
Skim: “ZnO – nanostructures, defects, and devices,” Materials Today, May 2007, pages 40-48 but skip the defect section.
Discussion of Reading: “Progress in nanogenerators for portable electronics,” Materials Today, Dec 2012, pages 532-543.
Discussion of Reading: “Breathable and Flexible Piezoelectric ZnO@PVDF Fibrous Nanogenerator for Wearable Applications,” Polymers, July 2018.
Discussion of Reading: “Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Food and Personal Care Products,” ES&T, 2012, 46(4), 2242–2250.
Discussion of Reading: “Activists take aim at nanomaterials in Dunkin Donuts” (2014).
Discussion of Reading: “Dunkin Donuts to remove titanium dioxide from donuts” (2015).
Skim: "Metal oxide nanowire chemical sensors: innovation and quality of life," Materials Today, December 2016, 559-567.
Mar 04 Literature reports 2B
1. Ani: Magnetic Measurement and Stimulation of Cellular and Intracellular Structures
2. Kyle: Flipped Quick-Response Code Enables Reliable Blood Grouping
3. Onix: Aerosol Filtration Efficiency of Common Fabrics Used in Respiratory Cloth Masks
4. Lauryn: Graphene Oxide Composite Membranes for Water Purification
Mar 07 Class: Field Effect Transistors
Class: Carbon Nanotubes
No lab notebook due
Mar 09 Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, Carbon (Chapter 7).
Discussion of Reading: “Toxicity of single-walled carbon nanotube: How we were wrong?,” Materials Today, January 2010, pages 6-8.
Discussion of Reading: “Carbon nanomaterials for high performance supercapacitors,” Materials Today, July 2013, pages 272-280.
Discussion of Reading: “Ultracentrifugation of single-walled nanotubes,” Materials Today, Dec 2007, 59-60.
Discussion of Reading: “Carbon nanotube-based neat fibers,” Nano Today, Oct 2008, 24-34.
Discussion of Reading: “CNT-Reinforced Ceramics and Metals,” Materials Today, Nov 2004, 44-49.
Discussion of Reading: “Challenges and opportunities for graphene as transparent conductors in optoelectronics,” Nano Today, Dec 2015, 681-700.
Discussion of Video: Blacker than black or NASA (2010) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Carbon Nanotubes or NOVA "Making Stuff: Stronger" (2011) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Spinning Carbon Nanotubes or CSIRO (2005) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Space Elevator (2007) or PBS Nova or youtube
Discussion of Video: Space Elevator interview with Michio Kaku (2011) or Daily Show or youtube
Discussion of Video: Spinning nanotube fibers or Rice University (2014) or youtube.
Mar 11 Literature reports 2C
1. Katrina Reconfigurable Micro- and Nano-Structured Camouflage Surfaces Inspired by Cephalopods
2. Cameron Conductive Nerve Guidance Conduits Based on Morpho Butterfly Wings for Peripheral Nerve Repair
3. Catherin Transdermal Photothermal-Pharmacotherapy to Remodel Adipose Tissue for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
4. Kidist Ocean wave energy generator based on graphene/TiO2 nanoparticle composite films
5. Prakhar Reusability Comparison of Melt-Blown vs Nanofiber Face Mask Filters for Use in the Coronavirus Pandemic
6. Thanh Gold Nanoparticles on 3D-Printed Filters: From Waste to Catalysts

 Second Half

Mar 21 Class: Polymers and Block Copolymers
Lab notebook due for ZnO.
Mar 23 Lab: PDMS Soft Lithography. Purpose and method due today. We will be performing the DVD version of this lab.
Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, PDMS (Chapter 4).
Discussion of Reading: "Replication of Vertical Features Smaller than 2 nm by Soft Lithography," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125 (49), p 14986 or ezproxy.
Discussion of Video: "Direct Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers," Dow Chemical (2013) or youtube
Discussion of Video: Polymer Nanotube Composites, Arkema (2009).
Discussion of Video: Drawing carbon nanotubes on paper, MIT (2012) or youtube
Discussion of Video: Graphene Revolution or GRAFOID (2015) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Victor Badminton Rackets (2014) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: CNT Touch-screen (2011) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Touch-screens from graphene (2015) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: The Age of Graphene: Samsung's Revolutionary Battery Technology (Dec 2017) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: Why graphene hasn't taken over the world...yet, Verge (July 2018) or youtube.
Discussion of Reading: IBM Pushes Beyond 7 Nanometers (pdf) or IEEE Spectrum, 8 Oct 2018
Skim: "Learning from nature: constructing high performance graphene-based nanocomposites," Materials Today, May 2017, 210-219.
Mar 25 Literature reports 2D
1. Jacob Visualization of the Final Stage of Sintering in Nanoceramics with Atomic Resolution
2. Damaris Nanoparticles Accumulate in the Female Reproductive System during Ovulation Affecting Cancer Treatment and Fertility
3. Antarikish Dual Affinity to RBCs and Target Cells (DART) Enhances Both Organ- and Cell Type-Targeting of Intravascular Nanocarriers
4. Amaya Biodegradable and Flexible Nanoporous Films for Design and Fabrication of Active Food Packaging Systems
5. Catherin Transdermal Photothermal-Pharmacotherapy to Remodel Adipose Tissue for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
Mar 28 Class: Photovoltaics
Class: Lithium Batteries
Lab notebook due for PDMS Lab.
Mar 30 Lab: Synthesis of Cadmium Sulfide Nanoparticles. Purpose and method due today. Lab report due Monday.
Discussion of Reading: “Power from the sun,” spie oemagazine, April 2003, pages 24-27.
Discussion of Reading: “Plastic Photovoltaic Devices,” Materials Today, Sept 2004, pages 36-40.
Discussion of Reading: “Inorganic Photovoltaic Cells,” Materials Today, November 2007, pages 20-27.
Discussion of Reading: “Third Generation Photovoltaic Cells,” Materials Today, November 2007, pages 42-50.
Discussion of Reading: “Nanoelectrodes: energy conversion and storage,” Materials Today, June 2009, pages 20-27. (FIRST 4 PAGES.)
Discussion of Reading: “Organic photovoltaics,” Materials Today, Dec 2012, pages 554-562.
Discussion of Reading: “Recent advances in dye-sensitized solar cells,” Materials Today, Apr 2015, pages 155-162.
Discussion of Video: Solar Nanopaint, Nova (2007) or youtube.
Discussion of Video: CuInGaSSe (2007), History Channel or youtube.
Discussion of Reading: “Who Pays for Grid Expansions When Homeowners Generate Their Own Electricity?,” or IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan 2014.
Discussion of Reading: “Perovskite Solar Cell Bests Bugbears, Reaches Record Efficiency,” or IEEE Spectrum, 7 Jan 2015.
Discussion of Reading: “Millions of Chinese-Made Solar Panels,” Pacific Standard, 30 Jun 2015.
Discussion of Reading: “Ultrathin Solar Cells for Lightweight and Flexible Applications,” or IEEE Spectrum, 26 Aug 2015.
Discussion of Reading: “Graphene and Perovskite Lead to Inexpensive and Highly Efficient Solar Cells,” or IEEE Spectrum, 8 Sept 2015.
Discussion of Reading: “Will Nanophotonics Save Solar Power Tech?,” or IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr 2016.
Discussion of Reading: “Perovskite Solar Cells Grow Better With a Dash of Acrylic Glass,” or IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sept 2016.
Discussion of Reading: “Perovskites Become More Stable,” or IEEE Spectrum, 29 Sept 2016.
Discussion of Reading: “Tesla to launch solar roofs,” C&E News, 7 Nov 2016.
Discussion of Reading: “Tesla Teams With Tiny Hawaiian Utility to Store Solar,” or IEEE Spectrum, 16 Mar 2017.
Discussion of Reading: “Rural Rwanda is home to a pioneering new solar power idea, BBC (2017)
Discussion of Reading: “Power From Commercial Perovskite Solar Cells Is Coming Soon,” or IEEE Spectrum, 4 Jan 2019.
Discussion of Video: Ta'u Microgrid, Solar City (2016) or youtube
Discussion of Video: Tesla Solar Roof, Bloomberg (2017) or youtube
Discussion of Video: Why Tesla is building city-sized batteries, Verge, August, 2018
Skim: "Use of organic materials in dye-sensitized solar cells," Materials Today, June 2017, 267-283.
Apr 01 Literature reports 3A
1. Tiffany: Underwater Multispectral Computational Imaging Based on a Broadband Water-Resistant Sb2Se3 Heterojunction Photodetector
2. Takeshi: Carbon Nanoscrolls for Aluminum Battery
3. Jack: Ultrahigh-Strength Porous Ceramic Composites via a Simple Directional Solidification Process
4. Frida: Surgical Tumor-Derived Photothermal Nanovaccine for Personalized Cancer Therapy and Prevention
Apr 04 Class: Quantum Dots
Lab notebook due for CdS synthesis.
Apr 06 Lab: Characterization and Ligand Exchange of Cadmium Sulfide Nanoparticles. Purpose and method due today.
Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, CdSe (Chapter 5).
Discussion of Video: Synthesis of Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots, 2011
Discussion of Reading: “Quantum dot field effect transistors,” Materials Today, Sept 2013, pages 312-325.
Skim: "Surface ligands engineering of semiconductor quantum dots for chemosensory and biological applications," Materials Today, September 2017, 360-376,
Skim: "Water-Soluble NaYF4:Yb,Er(Tm)/NaYF4/Polymer Core/Shell/Shell Nanoparticles with Significant Enhancement of Upconversion Fluorescence," Chem. Mater., 2007, 341-343 or ezproxy
Discussion of Video: Near-Infrared Vision, 2019 or youtube
Discussion of Video: Practical uses of 100% Quantum Yield Quantum dots, 2017.
Apr 08 Literature reports 3B
1. Ani: Shape and Size Control of Artificial Cells for Bottom-Up Biology
2. Kyle: Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Ocean Wave Graded Energy Harvesting and Condition Monitoring
3. Onix: Super-Hydrophilic Leaflike Sn4P3 on the Porous Seamless Graphene–Carbon Nanotube Heterostructure as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Solar-Driven Overall Water Splitting
4. Lauryn: Colloidal CdS Quantum Dot Fibers Prepared by Electrospinning of Their Wet Gel for Quantum Nanowires
5. Katrina: Restoring Tactile Sensation Using a Triboelectric Nanogenerator
6. Jalen: High Quantum Yield Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Quantum Dot-Based Fluorescent Probes for Selective Sensing of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene
Apr 11 Class: Electrons and Magnetism
Lab notebook due for CdS ligand exchange.
Apr 13 Lab: Synthesis and Characterization of lead perovskite films. Purpose and method due today.
Discussion of Reading: Crystal structure discovered almost 200 years ago could hold key to solar cell revolution Oregon State Newsroom, July 02, 2020.
Skim: Will the Internet of Things Be Perovskite Powered? Energy Yield Measurement and Real-World Performance of Perovskite Solar Cells in Ambient Light Conditions IoT 2022, 3, 109–121. January 18, 2021.
Discussion of Reading: Supercrystals: a step towards next-gen ultrabright light sources IBM press release: 26 May 2021.
Discussion of Reading: Speeding COVID-19 Drug Discovery with Quantum Dots NIH Director's blog, November 5th, 2020.
Discussion of Reading: Quantum dots as a promising agent to combat COVID-19 Appl. Organomet. Chem. June 26 2020.
Apr 15 Literature reports 3C
1. Cameron: Macrophages Actively Transport Nanoparticles in Tumors After Extravasation
2. Kidist: Hierarchically Structured Conductive Polymer Binders with Silver Nanowires for High-Performance Silicon Anodes in Lithium-Ion Batteries
3. Prakhar: Tunable Antibacterial Activity of a Polypropylene Fabric Coated with Bristling Ti3C2Tx MXene Flakes Coupling the Nanoblade Effect with ROS Generation
4. Thanh: Carbon Nanotubes as Optical Sensors in Biomedicine
Apr 18 Class: Scanning Probe Microscopies
Lab notebook due for Lead Halide Perovskites.
Apr 20 Lab: Synthesis of an aqueous ferrofluid. Purpose and method due today.
Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, Iron Oxide (Chapter 6).
Discussion of Video: Arsenic Removal, 2006
Skim: "Robust Magnetic/Polymer Hybrid Nanoparticles Designed for Crude Oil Entrapment and Recovery in Aqueous Environments," ACS Nano, 7(9), 7552-7561 (2013) or ezproxy.
Discussion of Video: Amazing ferrofluid experiment (first4magnets, 2013)
Discussion of Video: Google Life Sciences Nanoparticle Platform (2014)
Discussion of Video: Monster magnet meets magnetic fluid (Braniac, 2017)
Discussion of Video: How this 50-year-old NASA material could kill cancer (Verge, 2018)
Discussion of Reading: An 18-year-old has found a way to use 'magnetic liquid' invented by NASA to remove harmful microplastics from water (Google Science Fair, 2019)
Discussion of Video: Extraction of microplastics from water using ferrofluids (2018)
Discussion of Audio: Cheap Memory, NPR, January 22, 2012.
Discussion of Video: Amazon Cloud Cam (2018)
Discussion of Video: 3D XPoint Announcement (2015) or Intel.
Discussion of Video: 3D XPoint Memory Technology (2015) or Intel.
Discussion of Video: Micron 3D XPoint SSD (2019) or TECHSPOT.
Discussion of Reading: Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape (pdf) or IEEE Spectrum, 28 Aug 2018
Apr 22 Literature reports 3D
1. Jacob: Evaporation of Water Nanodroplets on Heated Surfaces: Does Nano Matter?
2. Jalen: The Magnetic Genome of Two-Dimensional van der Waals Materials
3. Damaris: Cell Membrane-Camouflaged Nanocarriers with Biomimetic Deformability of Erythrocytes for Ultralong Circulation and Enhanced Cancer Therapy
4. Antarikish:
5. Amaya: Fingerprints of Critical Phenomena in a Quantum Paraelectric Ensemble of Nanoconfined Water Molecules
Apr 25 Class: LEDs and OLEDs
Lab notebook due for ferrofluid.
Apr 29 TEST
May 02 Class: Societal Implications
May 04 Discussion of Reading: Concepts of Nanochemistry, Case Histories (Chapter 8).
Discussion of Reading: "Top ten advances in materials science in the last 50 years", Jonathan Wood, Materials Today, 11(1), 2008.
Discussion of Reading: "The chips are down for Moore's law", Nature, 530, 144–147 (11 February 2016) or audio.
Discussion of Reading: "IBMs Path to 5-Nanometer Transistors", IEEE Spectrum, (5 June 2017).
Discussion of Reading: "Here's Why Nobody's Talking About Nanotech Anymore" (pdf) or Time, Oct 2015.
Discussion of Reading: "A tale of opportunities, uncertainties, and risks", NanoToday, February 2008, pages 56-59.
Discussion of Reading: "Everyday Uses of Nanotechnology" or C&E News, October 10, 2016.
Discussion of Reading: "Are There Nanoplastics in Your Personal Care Products?", Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2017, 4 (7), pp 280–285 or ezproxy.
Discussion of Video: "Are Engineered Nanoparticles Dangerous?", 2016, Andrew Maynard, Risk Innovation Lab, Arizona State University or youtube.
Discussion of Reading: "Are quantum dot TVs and their toxic ingredients actually better for the environment?", 2015, Andrew Maynard, The Conversation.
Lab: Cleanup (empty counters and drawers and make sure everything is labeled).


Ludovico Cademartiri and Geoffrey Ozin, Concepts of Nanochemistry, Wiley-VCH (2009), ISBN 978-3-527-32597-9
Nano History, International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University

Literature Sources

Choose a recent (published since the course started) nano article that you understand from Nanoletters or ACS NANO or ACS Applied Nano Materials or Nanoscale Advances (or from another journal with prior approval.) Focus primarily on a figure or two in the paper and be familiar with the experimental section. Be sure to check for supplementary information (movies and the experimental section may be located there). By end of Wednesday email to claim a paper by including a link to the paper. Papers that have been selected will be posted in this syllabus. In class, present the figure(s) in a short oral report and answer questions about the experimental details. Test questions in this course will be drawn from these student selected papers, so for the rest of the class your presentation is a practice test.

Primary journals for this courseOther available sourcesPlaces to find references to articles
American Chemical Society
ACS Applied Nano Materials

Nanoscale Advances

Nano Research (Springer)
Journal of Nanoparticle Research (Springer)
Nanoscale Research Letters (Springer)
Some articles in
Nature Nanotechnology
Nanoscale (Royal Society of Chemistry)
Applied Materials and Interfaces (ACS)
Materials Today (Elsevier)
Be sure to use the original reference in these news reports but the summaries might be useful and they are a good way to find interesting articles
Materials News (Materials Research Society)
Nanotechnology news stories (PhysOrg)
Latest nanotechnology articles (AZoNano)

Basis of evaluation

• Class participation in discussion of text readings. Come with questions about anything you do not understand.
• Selection of literature article, identification of main figure, familiarity with the experimental section and a short presentation on the article to the class (every 4 weeks). Your article grade will also be based on whether you understand the selected material and its connection with this course so select something you understand. If you choose wisely, your selection may be on the next test (see below).
• Laboratory experiments require you to plan ahead and record your work as you do it. In this course experiments also function as weekly problem sets since they involve measurement, calculation, and discussion. What you record in your bound laboratory notebook will constitute about half the points for this course so follow the required notebook format. Notebooks will be due most weeks. Adequately preparing and planning for lab and answering the questions will require several hours outside of class for each experiment.
• Two tests. Interpret the figures and text from literature reports by expanding on what is being illustrated, explaining procedures or techniques, and indicating why it might be important or why the authors included the figure or making connections to our class readings and laboratory work. Tell more than rewriting the caption. Try to use your interpretation to demonstrate additional knowledge beyond what is shown. You should write on each page for about ten minutes. Being able to list the experiments you have done and knowing the techniques and chemicals used in those experiments will be helpful in making connections. Looking at previous first tests and previous second tests provides examples but different papers will have been presented and different content may have been covered and different labs may have been done.


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