13 Apr 2009

Materials Chemistry: UW MRSEC Library of Slide Shows for Class Presentations

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Submitted by Maggie Geselbracht, Reed College

The Interdisciplinary Education Group at the University of Wisconsin Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has a fabulous website with a wide variety of great resources for teaching about materials and the nanoworld at all levels.  A favorite "corner" of this website that I refer to a lot in my own teaching is the library of so-called Resource Slides on a variety of topics.  These Resource Slides are divided up into 36 topical Slide Shows and include wonderful graphics to use in class presentations.   Slide Shows include:

  • Amorphous Metal
  • Defects
  • DNA Barcode Methods
  • Electrorheology
  • LED applications
  • Metals
  • Nanowire Sensors
  • oLED
  • Piezoelectricity
  • Scanning Microscopies
  • Societal Implications
  • Structure and Properties
  • CD & DVD
  • Diffraction
  • Electronic Structure
  • Ferrofluid
  • Liquid Crystals
  • The Nanoscale
  • Nickel Nanowire Synthesis
  • Periodic Properties and LEDs
  • p-n junctions
  • Semiconductor
  • Solar Power
  • Thermoelectric Devices
  • Computer Technology
  • DNA
  • Electrons and magnetism
  • Gold
  • Lithography
  • Nanotubes
  • NiTi Memory Metal
  • Photonics
  • Quantum Dots
  • Semiconductor Sensors
  • Spectroscopy
  • Unit Cells and Stoichiometry
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Implementation Notes: 
I use the graphics in many of these Slide Shows during class to illustrate the applications of many materials in working devices or more often to supplement the textbook I am using with more in-depth information on the structure and bonding in metals and semiconductors.  Some of these slide shows are aimed at a very general audience and so could be used in a general chemistry course.  But in other cases, I think they are more appropriate for an inorganic chemistry course in which the electronic structure of solids follows naturally from an in-depth discussion of molecular orbitals.
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