Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry are Announced

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for the development of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling.

Carbon is a stable element and carbon atoms do not easily react with one another. In this method carbon atoms bind to a palladium atom, an act that brings together the carbon atoms and starts the reaction that ends up with a new carbon-based material.

This chemical method is very useful for the electronics, platics and medicine industries.

Science Fair Project Information
Title: Toxicity of Carbon Nanotubes in Daphnia magna
Subject: Chemistry / Material Engineering
Grade level: High School, Grades 10-12
Academic Level: Advanced
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Medium
2nd place, Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (2010)
WWSEF Life Science Gold Medal
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (VSF)
Year: 2010
Description: The main goal of this project is to test the toxicity of carbon nanotubes by exposing Daphnia magna to solutions of carbon nanotubes and humic acid.

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