Chapter 11 - Using "nano tools" as the basis for a hands-on experiential course in nanotechnology

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This chapter shows the results obtained during the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary undergraduate-level nanotechnology course for science and engineering students. The course was designed considering previous knowledge that students have gained through introductory chemistry and physics courses in order to provide a connections to a wide range of science and engineering majors. Through the course, students examined the physical phenomena underlying key nanotechnology instrumentation. Team projects, and focused workshops, encourage collaboration across disciplines to identify fundamental nanomaterial properties and enable applications and to reveal potential impacts on environmental health and safety and associated ELSA.This course demonstrated that using the "nano tools," students determine nanoscale characteristics through theory reinforced by experimentation. In addition the students were able to discuss complimentary information obtained from different instruments. Finally, the projects provided a context to the application of each instrument, solidifying knowledge and developing interdisciplinary competences among the students.

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Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment