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Electro-deposition of Copper on a Filter Template for Growing Nanowires

Education Level
High School

This experiment will use an electro-plating process to transfer metal ions in a solution to a template to produce nanowires.  In this experiment, an anode (platinum strip) will be used in a solution of copper sulfate. Copper will be plated out onto the pores of a filter at the cathode.  Students will discover how nanowires can be created to further understand the reduction-oxidation process, Ohm’s law, and the mechanism of metal electroplating.

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