The Nanoscience Club debuted at College Royal 2009.
College Royal is a student-run open house held each March at the University of Guelph. This event has been running for 85 years on campus. Students set up exhibits and displays highlighting aspects of the various disciplines. There are also shows such as the Chemistry Magic show, dog and cat shows, etc.
The Nanoscience Club made their debut at College Royal 2009. The club, made up of all first year students put together posters, and other display materials to show the public what nanoscience is about. There was also interactive activities and demonstrations.
The Nanoscience Club received second place for exhibits within the College of Physical and Engineering Science.
Below is a brief description of each poster. To see the poster, click on the image beside the description.
Visitors were invited to create a “stained glass” piece using nanoscale silver and gold solutions. Templates were made on transparency film and outlined in liquid lead. Red and purple solutions of nano-gold particles and a yellow nano-silver solution were used to create the stained glass effect. Nanoscale silver and gold were traditionally used to make yellow and red glass respectively The nanoscale particles not only gave the glass interesting colours but researchers have recently discovered that the nanoscale particles helped improve air quality in old buildings (http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=6868.php). Recipes for the nanoscale gold and silver particles can be found at http://www.nisenet.org/catalog/programs/ nanoparticle-stained-glass-classroom-program
The nanoscience students showed off their many diverse talents by creating a carbon nanotube from balloons.
They also entertained younger visitors by providing them with balloons in various shapes and sizes. As seen here, the students also entertained themselves with the balloons.