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Nano and Molecular Cryptology: Hiding Information in Molecules and Nanostructures

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Seven exercises introduce the concept of molecular and nanocryptography. The exercises use common species and can be used to introduce students in middle school, high school, or college to molecules and nanomaterials. In these activities, students work with salts, small molecules, proteins, DNA strains, nanotubes, and fullerenes. Students crack codes locked in structures or hide codes in molecules and materials. In addition to teaching structures, nomenclature and building species in three dimensions, the exercises also involve problem solving and pattern recognition skills. The more difficult exercises give students the opportunity to utilize computational software such as Spartan (Wavefunction, Inc. Calif.) to help conceptualize the molecules.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2013

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