The Really Small Science Group is made up of researchers and students from the University of Strathclyde. We specialise in all things small and regularly deliver workshops to local schools and clubs.
The group is based in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department at Strathclyde and is led by Dr Mark Haw, Dr Joy Leckie and Dr Suzanne McEndoo. Members of the group include staff, researchers and students from the Engineering and Science faculties.
Our aim is to make nano-research more accessible and fun for children and adults through interactive, hands-on experiments.
Nano-science is the study of really small things. A nanometre is 1 billionth of a metre, which means you can fit a billion nanometres (1, 000, 000, 000 nm) side by side along the length of a metre stick. Nano-sized things are so small that we can’t see them with our eyes instead we need powerful magnification to see them.
Everything around us is made up of lots and lots of nano-building blocks. Even our own bodies are made from nano-sized biological molecules. Although we can’t see an individual nano-thing, lots of nano-building blocks can build up to make bigger structures that we can see.
Scientists and engineers research lots of different nano-things for many different reasons from making nanojelly to repair the body, to helping clean dirty water using nanosponges.