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The TAs will deduct points from your lab grade if the kits are not returned with all pieces present and properly organized.

Use of the solid state model kit:

The following instructions are abbreviated. Please consult the instruction manual found in the kits for more details if you need assistance in building any of the structures given. Note that some of the model kits are older than others and the manuals’and page numbers may not correspond.


There are four major part types in each model kit:

*2 off-white, thick plastic template bases with holes (one with a circle, the other a semicircle);

*cardboard templates (about 20 labeled A-T);

*metal rods (to be inserted in the holes to support the plastic spheres)

 *plastic spheres in 4 sizes and colors.

The spheres can represent atoms, ions, or even molecules depending upon the kind of solid it is.

You will be given directions for the use of a specific base, template, placement of the rods, selection of spheres, and arrangement of the spheres as you progress. The ICE model kits make use of Z-diagrams to represent how the structure will be built up. Each type of sphere will be numbered with the z layer in which it belongs.

As we build each structure in three-dimensional space, we will be drawing figures to represent the unit cell structures. Each level or layer of atoms, ions, or molecules in a unit cell can be represented by a two-dimensional base, that is, a square, hexagon, parallelogram, etc.

To draw the Z-diagrams the bottom layer is referred to as z=0. We then proceed layer by layer up the unit cell until we reach a layer which is identical to the z=0 layer. This is z=1. Since z=0 and z=1 are identical by definition, we do not have to draw z=1, although you might want to do so as you are learning how to work with solid state figures. The layers between top and bottom are given z designations according to their positions in the crystal. So, for example, a unit cell with 4 layers (including z=0 and z=1) would also have z=0.33 (1/3) and z=0.67 (2/3).

Each solid-state kit has two types of bases (one using rectangular coordinates, the other using polar coordinates) indicated by a full circle or semicircle, or by color (yellow and green.)

You will first build structures that involve only one type of atom, as you would find in crystalline solids of the elements, especially that of the metals. Then you will examine ionic compounds which are known as binary solids. Binary solids are those composed of only two types of atoms, such as sodium chloride or calcium fluoride.

If time permits there is an extra credit exercise you can do. You may not do this extra credit exercise until the report form has been completed nor may you receive credit for the extra credit assignment unless you fully complete the report form.

Working groups and teams

You and your lab partner will constitute a group. Each group will receive one model kit and two groups will work together as a team. Your TA will assign you the structures you have to do, and at the end each team will discuss the structures assigned on front of the class. The number of teams and the assignments the TA will give you will be decided based on the number of students in a particular laboratory session. The laboratory is divided for six teams (A-F)

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
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what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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