New Materials and Nanotechnology

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Produced in 2015, this resource looks at glass microspheres, which contain radioactive Y-90, and are currently being used to treat liver cancer in humans, where their chemical durability is of prime importance.

This package of materials describes how the glass microspheres are used, and why. It shows how computer modelling can be used to simulate how these glasses would behave in the human body, which can lead to an increased understanding of their durability.

There is a cooperative game, for use with a whole class working together, where the task is to investigate eight different glass microspheres to discover which has the greatest durability. This develops team-work amongst the students, and familiarises them with the sort of decisions that a research team has to take.

These resources were Supported and funded by National STEM Learning Centre and Network and Research Councils UK (RCUK)


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