In the Classroom

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    Kostya S. Novoselov, professor of physics at the University of Manchester, UK, has been digging into the details of the life of an editor by asking Fabio Pulizzi, Chief Editor of Nature Nanotechnology, some inside information on his work.

    • Kostya S. Novoselov
    •  & Fabio Pulizzi
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    Outreach should be part of any scientist’s curriculum, as Jennifer Dionne explains.

    • Jennifer A. Dionne
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    Giacomo Prando explains how his experience as an editor helped him broaden his horizons as a scientist.

    • Giacomo Prando
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    The spirit of collaboration in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Scotland served as a model for being creative in science, as Fraser Stoddart explains, recounting his journey to Stockholm.

    • Fraser Stoddart
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    Ronit Satchi-Fainaro reflects on decision making in science and in life.

    • Ronit Satchi-Fainaro
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    Failure is an unavoidable element of the process that leads to discovery and it should be embraced even in early education, says Deji Akinwande.

    • Deji Akinwande
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    What do you need to consider when launching a scientific start-up? James Vicary highlights what in his views are the three main issues.

    • James Vicary
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    How can school pupils be introduced to materials science and nanotechnology? Pierfrancesco Riccardi and Claudio Goletti illustrate the advantages of extracurricular activities designed by researchers and teachers.

    • Pierfrancesco Riccardi
    •  & Claudio Goletti
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    Universities and institutions in the United States are getting ready to celebrate nanotechnology and its achievements for National Nanotechnology Day. Lisa Friedersdorf, Quinn Spadola and Brendan Ryan share students' plans for the occasion.

    • Lisa E. Friedersdorf
    • , Quinn A. Spadola
    •  & Brendan Ryan
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    How do you explain a topic like cancer nanotechnology to non-experts? Nicole Steinmetz illustrates an approach combining science and the performing arts.

    • Nicole Steinmetz
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    Themis Prodromakis explains how to engage primary school students in nanotechnology — even outside the classroom.

    • Themis Prodromakis
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    Rémy Pawlak and Tobias Meier discuss how they got involved in the first international NanoCar Race and their impressions from this experience.

    • Rémy Pawlak
    •  & Tobias Meier
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    Steffen Foss Hansen and Anders Baun present some of the approaches that they have implemented in their Nanotechnology and the Environment course.

    • Steffen Foss Hansen
    •  & Anders Baun
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    Julien Bobroff describes new ways to popularize fundamental and applied condensed-matter physics.

    • Julien Bobroff
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    Passion for science and technology can be a powerful motivator to overcome hurdles, as Nader Engheta explains, recounting his own experience as an immigrant.

    • Nader Engheta
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    When an important concept puts a scientific paper under the spotlight, behind the scenes there is usually a long story of mystery solving, as Philip Petersen explains.

    • Philip Petersen
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    Verena Schulze Greiving and Kornelia Konrad describe a toolbox that they developed to support researchers in exploring the societal implications and prerequisites of their work.

    • Verena Schulze Greiving
    •  & Kornelia Konrad
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    Ilse Marschalek and Margit Hofer reflect on the outcome of their international NanOpinion project, focusing on raising public awareness about nanotechnology.

    • Ilse Marschalek
    •  & Margit Hofer
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    A student team project can be a very valuable experience, as Sjoerd van Empelen explains.

    • Sjoerd van Empelen
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    Straying off-course can lead to unexpected far-reaching results, says Floris Kalff.

    • Floris Kalff
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    Christel Möller and Christian Schönenberger highlight the benefits of studying a bachelor's degree in nanoscience at the University of Basel.

    • Christel Möller
    •  & Christian Schönenberger
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    Nanoscience can play an important role in addressing a number of societal challenges, but, as Rein V. Ulijn and Elisa Riedo explain, research training needs to evolve.

    • Rein V. Ulijn
    •  & Elisa Riedo
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    Hybrid training in clinical and basic sciences can promote patient-centred discoveries in nanomedicine, says Wen Jiang.

    • Wen Jiang
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    Looking at your research with a business mentality can be surprisingly satisfying, says Ying Lia Li.

    • Ying Lia Li
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    Cooperation can help transform small ideas into a complete workable system, says Hyunjae Lee.

    • Hyunjae Lee
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    Nanotechnology and superheroes can inspire high school students to explore science, as Lisa E. Friedersdorf and Quinn A. Spadola explain.

    • Lisa E. Friedersdorf
    •  & Quinn A. Spadola
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    Sharing progress in nanotechnology education is as important as developing the research programmes themselves, as Kurt Winkelmann explains.

    • Kurt Winkelmann
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    A joint research platform is a great playground for young researchers to combine fundamental and applied research, says Diana Nanova.

    • Diana Nanova
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    Encouraging PhD students to engage with the peer-review process is of benefit to researchers, journals and the rest of the scientific community, says Bryden Le Bailly.

    • Bryden Le Bailly
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    Changxu Liu and Jianfeng Huang reflect on their experiences of a collaborative research project that was at a crossroads between physics and chemistry.

    • Changxu Liu
    •  & Jianfeng Huang
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    Drawing a clear and compelling figure is vital in science communication, so Karen Cheng and Marco Rolandi set up a help desk for scientists and engineers to consult with design students.

    • Karen Cheng
    •  & Marco Rolandi
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    Philip S. Lukeman and Stefan Howorka provide a training programme to improve the interdisciplinary breadth and depth of a nanoscience research group.

    • Philip S. Lukeman
    •  & Stefan Howorka
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    The failures in our experimental research are necessary steps to obtain excellent results, says Francesco Carulli.

    • Francesco Carulli
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    Developing soft skills can be an important part of a successful academic career. Elisa De Ranieri shares her views on how students can hone theirs.

    • Elisa De Ranieri
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    Interacting with 3D-printed molecular models helps students to grasp insightful concepts on the kinetics and thermodynamics of molecular self-assembly, as Arthur J. Olson explains.

    • Arthur J. Olson
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    Your teachers and your colleagues have an essential role in helping you to determine your scientific interests and your way of doing research, says Giampaolo Pitruzzello.

    • Giampaolo Pitruzzello
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    Science competitions in secondary school can inspire students and teachers alike, as Eric Plum, now a lecturer, and his former teacher Walter Stein explain.

    • Eric Plum
    •  & Walter Stein
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    Hands-on challenges such as building a low-cost atomic force microscope for schools can teach more than standard lessons, says François Grey.

    • François Grey
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    Working in large collaborations can help you understand how nanotechnology is closely related to other fields, explains Elizabeth Huynh.

    • Elizabeth Huynh
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    When you have discovered something unusual, trust your instinct and pursue it with determination and enthusiasm, says Renren Deng.

    • Renren Deng
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    Should inventors control the fate of their own inventions? In the US, most universities think not. But, as Emmanuel Dumont explains, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in New York City bets otherwise.

    • Emmanuel L. P. Dumont
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    By participating in activities organized by professional societies, PhD students can enrich their skills and extend their professional network, beyond what they can achieve in the lab, Yi-Hsin Lin explains.

    • Yi-Hsin Lin
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    Ennio Tasciotti describes an interactive video game app that helps children learn the concepts of nanomedicine, and hopes to expand it by attracting like-minded scientists, educators and investors.

    • Ennio Tasciotti
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    Working in a small group allows you to interact closely with your advisor and your colleagues, and forces you to take a lot of initiative, says Huan Li.

    • Huan Li
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    Nanoscience is not simple for non-specialists. Aravind Vijayaraghavan explains how graphene can help.

    • Aravind Vijayaraghavan
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    Museums have become an important venue for scientists and the public to have conversations about nanotechnology, reports Ai Lin Chun.

    • Ai Lin Chun
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    Willingness to ask questions and having frank conversations with your collaborators can lead to many opportunities in translational research, reflects James E. Dahlman.

    • James E. Dahlman
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    C. N. R. Rao describes the difficult situation that Indian education is facing and provides some suggestions on how things can get better.

    • C. N. R. Rao
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    Teaching a diverse field such as nanotechnology is far from easy. Doug Natelson provides a few pointers.

    • Doug Natelson