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 4810||General Biochemistry I||3|
|Chem 401||Physical Chemistry I||3|
|Chem 465||Solid-State and Materials Chemistry||3|
|EECE 305||Materials Science||3|
|MEMS 3601||Materials Engineering||3|
|MEMS 3610||Materials Science||3|
|Physics 217||Introduction to Quantum Physics||3|
|Physics 352||Physics of Biomolecules||3|
|Physics 472||Solid State Physics||3|
Synthesis & Applications (choose one course):
|CSE 568M||Imaging Sensors||3|
|EECE 504||Aerosol Science and Technology||3|
|EECE 534||Environmental Nanochemistry||3|
|ESE 337||Electronic Devices and Circuits||3|
|ESE 438||Applied Optics||3|
|ESE 532||Introduction to Nano-Photonic Devices||3|
|MEMS 463||Nanotechnology Concepts and Applications||3|
|MEMS 5606||Soft Nanomaterials||3|
Characterization, Structure and Modeling (choose one course):
|BME 461||Protein Structure and Dynamics||3|
|Chem 479||Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling||3|
|L07 Chem 543||Physical Properties of Quantum Nanostructures||3|
|L07 Chem 550||Mass Spectrometry||3|
|EECE 420||Properties of Materials||3|
|MEMS 5603||Materials Characterization Techniques I||3|
|MEMS 5604||Materials Characterization Techniques II||3|
|MEMS 5612||Atomistic Modeling of Materials||3|
Cleanroom Laboratory/Theory Class (required):
|MEMS 5801||Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems I||3|
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
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