Synthesis of Nickel Nanowires

It's all about the scale—they're not just wires, they're nanowires! The second lesson plan of the series builds on the oxidation-reduction experiment in the first lesson plan. Scholars synthesize a sample of nanowires using electrolysis. As they create their sample, they consider the application of the nanotechnology component.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Following the lesson, have pupils research the function of nanowires in industry
Classroom Considerations

  • Review the safety precautions specific to the experiment
  • Allow time to collect and prepare necessary materials
Pros

  • Reviews background knowledge connected to the lesson
  • Emphasizes important scientific concepts
Cons

  • None