Nanotechnology deals with materials, structures or devices, one of whose dimensions are in the 1 to 100 nm length scale. These entities have properties (physical, chemical or biological) that are very different from their bulk counterparts, and can be tuned to obtained novel and desired functionalities. The goal of this minor is to enhance the background, knowledge and skills in the topical area of nanotechnology. The minor covers classes in several fields of science and engineering; encompassing all the departments in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and several in the School of Arts & Sciences. It is open to an undergraduate student pursuing an Engineering or Arts & Sciences (chemistry, physics, biology, environmental studies, pre-med) major.

The minor in nanoscale science and engineering involves the following components. Starting with courses covering the "Fundamentals," students gain knowledge in "Synthesis & Applications" and "Characterization/Structure and Modeling (CS&M)." Two additional requirements are the Cleanroom Lab class entitled Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, and the completion of a faculty supervised Independent Study "Project" for at least two semesters. The mix of classes should provide the student significant background in nanotechnology, and uses an approach to promote independent thinking by working on a research or educational project.

Units required: 18

Required courses: Select from the following menus:

Fundamentals (choose one course):

Biol 4810General Biochemistry I3
Chem 401Physical Chemistry I3
Chem 465Solid-State and Materials Chemistry3
EECE 305Materials Science3
MEMS 3601Materials Engineering3
MEMS 3610Materials Science3
Physics 217Introduction to Quantum Physics3
Physics 352Physics of Biomolecules3
Physics 472Solid State Physics3

Synthesis & Applications (choose one course):

CSE 568MImaging Sensors3
EECE 504Aerosol Science and Technology3
EECE 534Environmental Nanochemistry3
ESE 337Electronic Devices and Circuits3
ESE 438Applied Optics3
ESE 532Introduction to Nano-Photonic Devices3
MEMS 463Nanotechnology Concepts and Applications3
MEMS 5606Soft Nanomaterials3

Characterization, Structure and Modeling (choose one course):

BME 461Protein Structure and Dynamics3
Chem 479Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling3
L07 Chem 543Physical Properties of Quantum Nanostructures3
L07 Chem 550Mass Spectrometry3
EECE 420Properties of Materials3
MEMS 5602Non-metallics3
MEMS 5603Materials Characterization Techniques I3
MEMS 5604Materials Characterization Techniques II3
MEMS 5612Atomistic Modeling of Materials3

Cleanroom Laboratory/Theory Class (required):

MEMS 5801Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems I3

Independent Study Project (required):

Students should sign up for at least two semesters of Independent Study and work on a project related to nanotechnology under the supervision of a faculty member. A list of projects with potential faculty mentors will be circulated in the spring semester every year. Students will have to be signed up for the nanoscale science and engineering minor and must have completed at least two of the classes from the above categories before doing the Independent Study Project. Students can also come up with their own ideas for projects but need to get approval from the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Minor Committee and a faculty mentor.

The classes listed above will count for elective credit for all Engineering majors; however, students should check with their major advisers to confirm this.

Committee to Oversee Nanoscale Science and Engineering Minor

Rohan Mishra (MEMS, Coordinator), Pratim Biswas (EECE)

Visit the EECE website for more information.