Nanodays at Cincinnati Museum Center

By: Mark Fischer

On Saturday, April 6, the College of Mount St. Joseph Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences participated in the annual NanoDays at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Nearly 7000 museum visiters had the opportunity to talk with presenters in the museum Rotunda and all of them saw the balloon model of a carbon nanotube.  Over the course of the day it grew to over 60 feet high!

The Mount's display introduced museum visitors to moles...not the furry little creatures, but the unit used by chemists to count the number of atoms or molecules in a sample. 

One mole of a substance consists of 6.02 x 10^23 atoms or molecules....That's 602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms!

Museum visitors got to look at 1 mole of various elements and compounds then got the chance to measure out 1 mole of sugar.  Those who got close to the correct amount won cool chemistry-related swag.

NanoDays events continue to grow...NanoDays 2013 the best attended NanoDays event so far.  The College of Mount St. Joseph Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences was pleased to participate again this year and looks forward to next year's NanoDays.