Nanoscience Club

Nano Club Outreach 

The Nanoscience Club engages in numerous community outreach events that allow the public to explore the wonderful world of nanoscience.  

The Nanoscience Club College Royal 2022

College Royal 2022 allowed for a hybrid style of the open house weekend with events being held in-person and online. The Nanoscience Club welcomed numerous families, faculty, and fellow students to have hands-on experience with new demonstrations including bismuth diamagnetic levitation and a ferrocell magnetic field viewer.

Parents and children watching demonstration of superconducting magnetic levitation.
Nanoscience club members demonstrating and explaining the phenomena of fluorescence to visitors.
Child exploring an interactive demonstration of a ferrocell to visual magnetic field lines. 

The Nanoscience Club Virtual College Royal 2021 

Despite the pause in face-to-face community outreach, in 2021 the University of Guelph hosted a virtual College Royal weekend for families to virtually explore events such as club displays and square dancing. As part of their virtual outreach, the Nanoscience Club set up a YouTube channel to display and explain some of the most exciting demonstrations that would have been displayed on the day. 

A link to the YouTube channel is given below.  

NanoNight in November

In 2019 the Nanoscience Club organized NanoNight in November and has participated in campus wide affairs such as the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry event hosted by Let’s Talk Science. As part of these experiences, club members collaborated to build and display demonstrations that capture the magic of nanoscience effects such as acoustic levitation and Schlieren optics
To see a quick video of the NanoNight in November event click the link:  

Club History

The Nanoscience Club debuted at College Royal 2009.

Second Place Prize RibbonCollege Royal is a student-run open house held each March at the University of Guelph. This event has been running for 85 years on campus. Students set up exhibits and displays highlighting aspects of the various disciplines. There are also shows such as the Chemistry Magic show, dog and cat shows, etc.

The Nanoscience Club made their debut at College Royal 2009. The club, made up of all first year students put together posters, and other display materials to show the public what nanoscience is about. There was also interactive activities and demonstrations.

The Nanoscience Club received second place for exhibits within the College of Physical and Engineering Science.

Below is a brief description of each poster. 

Poster Image Poster Description
DNA DNA Nanotechnology: The Ethics of Nanotechnology highlights the ethical aspects of developing new technology. By Carley Miki.
Image of brain Small thing will cure beautiful minds discusses treatments for neurological disorders involving nanoscience and nanotechnology. By Isdin Oke.
Nanogold Nanogold and Cancer Treatment outlines a technique for treating cancerous tumours with nanoscale gold particles.
depiction of sun Nanoscience Reaches for the Sun describes how nanoscience can help harness the benefits of the sun. By Robin White
Small A “small” application of Nanoscience outlines the use of Buckminsterfullerene for the production of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell. By Ryan Ouellette
ferro fluid Ferrofluids gives an overview of what ferrofluids are as well as some of their uses.
Young student creating 'stained glass' with nanoscale silver and gold solutions
Visitor using using nanoscale silver and gold
solutions to make "stained glass"

Visitors were invited to create a “stained glass” piece using nanoscale silver and gold solutions. Templates were made on transparency film and outlined in liquid lead. Red and purple solutions of nano-gold particles and a yellow nano-silver solution were used to create the stained glass effect.

Nanoscale silver and gold were traditionally used to make yellow and red glass respectively. The nanoscale particles not only gave the glass interesting colours but researchers have recently discovered that the nanoscale particles helped improve air quality in old buildings

Try these recipes for the nanoscale gold and silver particles.


The nanoscience students showed off their many diverse talents by creating a carbon nanotube from balloons.
The nanoscience students showed off their
many diverse talents by creating a carbon
nanotube from balloons.
 Nano club members entertained younger visitors by providing them with balloons in various shapes and sizes.
They also entertained younger visitors by
providing them with balloons in various
shapes and sizes.