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One of the fascinating parts of chemistry is designing and synthesising new molecules or modifying molecules to do a specific task. Nano is the world of the very small (less than 100 nm, 1 nanometer is 1x 10-9 m).

In this project you will be investigating some of the properties of nanoscale materials. The project varies from year to year so you may be creating silver nanoparticles to explore their interaction of light or synthesising super hydrophobic silica nanoparticles to create waterproof coatings.

The work will introduce you to some of the skills used by synthetic chemists in their research as well as how the properties of materials change when you get down to the nanometer scale.

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