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Monday, 30 March 2015

ICN2 hosts the second ESCOLAB visit of the season

Once more, a group of students have made their first contact with nanotechnology visiting the ICN2 facilities in a new ESCOLAB visit. They had the opportunity to enter the laboratories of the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group and interacted with the nanoscale through a hands-on experimental session led by the Communication Department.

ICN2 has been the location for an encounter between nanotechnology and education one more time. On March 25th, students from Col·legi Sant Gabriel, from Viladecans, visited our facilities during the second ESCOLAB visit of the season.

The visit started with an introduction about what nano is, its implications and applications in our daily life and how ICN2 contributes to its development. The aim of the talk was also to encourage students to start a scientific career and to put their target to the nanoworld or, at least, raise their interest on a subject affecting society.

After the explanation, the visitors met Dr Neus Gómez Bastus from the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group. She showed them their facilities, including some of the samples which the group is working on. In the laboratory, the students could observe some properties that take place at the nanoscale: for example, how the colour of the sample changes with the size of the nanoparticles. The students manifested their enthusiasm in visiting such laboratories and being able to see researchers in their daily work.

Finally, students had the opportunity to see four experimental demonstrations about phenomena that take place at the nanoscale. All the experiments were made of quotidian materials and evidenced in a simple way the properties of matter at nanoscale and some of its implications. Students could interact with the implementation experimenting in real live, understanding complex concepts such as the Tyndall Effect, nanoencapsulation or the properties of graphene.