Innovative Education and Active Teaching with the Leidenfrost Nanochemistry

Mady Elbahri (Lead / Corresponding author), Ahmed Soliman, Kirsi Yliniemi, Ramzy Abdelaziz, Shahin Homaeigohar, Eman S. Zarie

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The best learning outcomes are rarely achieved without motivating the learner, and in this regard, active teaching and learning methods have been proven useful. Here, we introduce the "learn and innovate" strategy to enhance the students' interest, conceptual understanding, and deep learning under full guiding instructions. Moreover, by this strategy, we encourage the students to conduct an independent research while acquiring high-level thinking skills. Designing appropriate instructional strategies and innovative research tasks and media, which leads to collaborative/cooperative learning, enhances the students' interaction with the course materials. The method supports the students to gain self-confidence, motivation, and scientific skills to address different research challenges at early stages while enhancing their learning level. In this context, the adopted strategy fosters a first semester master student to deeply understand the new "Leidenfrost Nanochemistry" phenomenon to synthesize Au nanoparticles. Acquiring such knowledge, the student can participate in solving an exploratory research problem and the related experimental challenges. The "learn and innovate" approach has been proven to be a pivotal and novel active teaching strategy to stimulate the active learning of students and the innovative education-based Aha! effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1966-1974
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number11
Early online date18 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2018


  • Aqueous Solution Chemistry
  • Collaborative/Cooperative Learning
  • Graduate Education/Research
  • Green Chemistry
  • Learning Theories
  • Nanotechnology
  • Student-Centered Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education


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