Materials World Modules

An Inquiry & Design-Based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program

Content Categories


Methods and analysis of nanoscale materials properties.
ex: Scanning Probe Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Electron Microscopy


Methods of preparation, synthesis, or production of nanoscale materials.
ex: Self-Assembly, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Lithography


Nanoscale science and technology with biological applications.
ex: DNA & proteins, Drug Delivery, Sensors, Toxicity, Disease Treatments, Biomakers


Research and development of nanoscale science and engineering curriculum and teaching methods.
ex: Learning Progressions & Trajectories, Teaching Enactment, Evaluation

Physical Properties

Characteristics and behavior of materials on the nanoscale.
ex: Coulomb Blockade, Quantum Confinement, Optical

Nanostructured Materials

Materials engineered on the nanoscale.
ex: Quantum Dots, Composites, Nanowires, Molecules

Device Physics & Applications

Nanoscale devices, device properties and applications.
ex: Photonics, Memory, Catalysis, Coatings, Spintronics

Theoretical Studies

Models and studies of nanoscale materials, devices and effects.
ex: Cellular Models, Structural Analysis, Simulations


The interaction of nanoscience and technology and the general public.
ex: Long-term implications, Safety, Everyday Use, Business
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