Uses of nanoparticles


  • Nanoparticles have many applications in medicine, in electronics, in cosmetics and sun creams, as deodorants, and as catalysts. New applications for nanoparticulate materials are an important area of research.

Students should consider advantages and disadvantages of the applications of these nanoparticulate materials, but do not need to know specific examples or properties other than those specified.

Students should be able to:

given appropriate information, evaluate the use of nanoparticles for a specified purpose

explain that there are possible risks associated with the use of nanoparticles.

WS 1.3 Appreciate the power and limitations of science and consider any ethical issues which may arise

WS 1.4Explain everyday and technological applications of science; evaluate associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications; and make decisions based on the evaluation of evidence and arguments.

WS 1.5Evaluate risks both in practical science and the wider societal context, including perception of risk in relation to data and consequences.