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Monday, 03 September 2012

CosmoCaixa to debut experiments developed at ICN for exhibit

TecnoRevolució, the latest exhibit at CosmoCaixa, includes a Nanotechnology area with content from ICN’s Inorganic Nanoparticles Group and the CNBSS, including workshops starting on 12 Sep.

The Inorganic Nanoparticles Group and the Centre for NanoBioSafety and Sustainability (CNBSS) at ICN have helped design the Nanotechnology section of TecnoRevolució, the latest temporary exhibit at the science museum CosmoCaixa, in Barcelona. Their contribution included developing a series of hands-on science experiments for the exhibit, slated to begin on 12 September.

TecnoRevolució has four aims: to explain the convergence among Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information & Communication Technologies, and Cognitive Sciences; to highlight the importance of this convergence; to spread scientific and technological knowledge in an easy, entertaining and intuitive way; and to underscore the need for Science and Technology in our daily lives.

The ICN Groups provided the following multimedia components of the exhibit:

Various Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM) images of diverse nanoparticlesA series of colloidal solutions of gold & silver nanoparticles of various shapes andsizes in a wide range of colours, used to explain the Tyndall effectA nano-clock systemA glass slide with polystyrene nanospheres, used to explain the natural iridescence seen in many organisms Numerous objects containing nanomaterials, including a piece of jewellery specially designed for the Exhibit by artists and jewelers Joan Peris, Cesc Oliveras and Roberto Carrascosa.

The experiments created by the ICN and CNBSS researchers were designed to demonstrate fundamental concepts in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology through the use of a few chemical reagents and various household items. The experiments, to be performed by museum staff as workshops for visitors to the Exhibit, comprise:

Synthesis of gold nanoparticles with fruit juice: early diagnosis of illnesses using nanoparticlesSynthesis of cerium oxide nanoparticles: the Tyndall effectSynthesis of an aqueous ferrofluid: elimination of contaminants using iron oxide nanoparticlesAssembly of a solar cell using raspberry jam and pastriesFormation of photonic crystals: nature's strategies to create colour in the absence of pigmentsThe richness of the nanometric worldNanoparticles: same composition, same or different colours

TecnoRevolució runs until 6 May 2013.

For more information on the exhibit TecnoRevolució (in Catalan and Spanish), click here.