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What's big in the science of the ultra-small

Nanoscience is about the very small, but it could have a huge impact on our lives. New materials, products and processes are already here, but they are only the start.

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There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Nanoscience.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Nanoscience.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    Electrocatalysts for future fuels

    New nanoparticle catalysts are being created in New Zealand that will help provide hydrogen for fuel cells. These will help reduce our reliance on non-renewable fuel sources.

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    Nanometres and nanoscale

    A nanometre is a billionth of a metre. Nanoscale can refer to things less than 100 nanometres in size, or to materials so small that they behave differently to normal.

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    Dr Richard Tilley

    Dr Richard Tilley (Victoria University of Wellington) works with very complex ideas and processes, but still manages to get enjoyment out of simple aspects, such as making and seeing new things.

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    Gold nanoparticles from plants

    Gold and alloy nanoparticles being created in plants at Massey University could be used as catalysts in fuel cells for the military and other complex chemical reactions.

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What is nanotechnology?

Prof Richard Haverkamp, of Massey University, describes how nanotechnology means...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Nanoscience. Click on a name to find out more...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of Nanoscience.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Nanoscience...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Nanoscience – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips and the interactive that relate to Nanoscience.

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