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Environmental Nanotechnology

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Summary: 

  • ​​​In this GLE project, ​DePaul students in an Inorganic Chemistry course collaborated with students in a Nanotechnology and Environment course at Sã​​​o​ Paulo State University in Sorocaba, Brazil. This GLE project was developed with a focus on environmental nanotechnology, with the intention to share a global view of chemistry, and to share Sã​​​o​ Paulo State University​ professor, Dr. Faceto’s expertise in nanotechnology with both groups of students.  After learning more about their international partners through personal sharing in D2L, both groups of students conducted in-lab experimental work in their respective labs and met over Zoom to discuss their ideas. They collaborated to create an infographic about how nanomaterials affect global society. They also met synchronously to present their findings on the synthesization and characterization of nanoparticles, and to discuss and compare their results.  ​​​

​Project Length: 

  • ​4 weeks

Technology Tools Us​ed:

  • ​Zoom
  • D2L

​Interaction Mode:

  • ​Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes:

  • ​ Students interacted online in a collaborative group with students in another country (Chicago, USA and Sorocaba, Brazil). 
  • Students discussed the definitions of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology with peers and students from another country. 
  • Students synthesized silver nanoparticles and chitosan triphosphate nanoparticles.
  • Students characterized nanoparticles using one or more techniques.
  • Students presented the results of the nanoparticle synthesis in characterization in a short presentation.
  • Students collaboratively created a short presentation on background information about a technique used to characterize nanomaterials.
  • ​Students collaboratively created a one-page infographic about the applications, environmental impacts, or public perception of nanotechnology. 

An article regarding this project can be found here​​ 

Kyle Grice

faculty name

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Course name: Inorganic Chemistry

Leonardo Fraceto

faculty name

Institution: São Paulo State University
Discipline: Environmental Engineering 
Course name: Environmental Nanotechnology


Partner Institutions

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States


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