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Plasmonics at City of STEM

  • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way Downey United States (map)

CNSI UCLA teams up with the California Science Center to bring you Nano days! A special teacher workshop geared towards middle school and high school teachers.

While nanoscience has only been coined as its own field of study in more recent history, nanoscale objects have been used unknowingly by researchers and craftsman for hundreds of years. In this experiment, students synthesize gold nanoparticles in solution and encase them in gels to make ‘stained glass’, and will learn about the history of nanoparticles in art. Students will also get an introduction to surface plasmonics – the interaction of light and free electrons on a metal surface.