Nanotechnology Track

Nanotechnology advances the utilization of materials and devices with extremely small dimensions. Nanotechnology is a visionary field, as micro- and nano-structured devices impact all fields of engineering, including microelectronics (smaller, faster computer chips), mechanical engineering (micromotors and actuators), civil engineering (“smart”, self-healing nanocomposite materials for buildings and bridges), and biomedical engineering (biosensors and tissue engineering).

Materials science is central to nanotechnology because the properties of materials can change dramatically when things are made extremely small. This observation is not simply that we need to measure such properties or develop new processing tools to fabricate nanodevices. Rather, our vision is that the wide (and sometimes unexpected) variety of phenomena associated with nanostructured materials allow us to envision radically new devices and applications that can only be made with nanostructured materials. The nanotechnology track encompasses a curriculum designed to train students in the fundamental interdisciplinary principles of materials science, including physics and chemistry, and also to expose students to the forefront of nanomaterials research through elective classes and research laboratories. In recognition of completion of the Nanotechnology Track, a student may elect to have his or her academic transcript annotated to indicate a specialty in nanotechnology.

To receive commendation for completion of the Nanotechnology Track, the student must complete two electives, whose subject matter is some aspect of Nanotechnology, and complete a nanotechnology-related senior design project.  Approval of electives must be made by a student’s academic advisor prior to taking the courses, and approval of the senior design project must be pre-approved by the senior design instructor.

Complete details regarding the nanotechnology track may be found in either the Undergraduate Advising Manual or the university catalog.

  • Course Number

    Course Title and Description

    Instructor

    Previous/Next offering

    Nanotechnology Concentration (select 3 plus 510.480)

    (planned offerings may change)

    510.480

    Nanomaterials Lab

    Nanomaterials Laboratory

    Wilson

    New, Fall 2014

    3 (E,N)

    510.418

    Electronic and Photonic Processes and Devices

    Poehler

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    510.422

    Micro- and Nano- Structured Materials and Devices

    Ma/Katz

    Spring 14/Spring 2015

    510.403

    Materials Characterization

    McGuiggan

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    510.405

    Materials Science of Energy Technologies

    Erlebacher

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    510.423

    Mechanical Properties of Thin Films and Nanostructured Materials

    Cammarata

    ………./Spring 2015

    510.421

    Nanoparticles

    Wilson

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    510.456

    Introduction to Surface Science

    Cammarata

    ………./Spring 2014

    510.457

    Materials Science of Thin Films

    Weihs

    Fall 13/……

    530.496

    Micro/Nanoscience and Biotechnology

    (530.672 BioMEMS is a more advanced course but accepts and has UG students every year)

    Wang

    Not planned for 2013-15

    (530.672 BioMEMS is offered

    every spring semester)

    540.415

    Interfacial Science with Applications to Nanoscales

    Frechette

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    530.495

    Microfabrication Laboratory

    Wang

    Fall/13/Fall 2014

    510.420

    Stealth Science and Engineering

    Spicer

    Fall 12/Fall 2014

    510.xxx

    Transformation Materials

    Spicer

    New, TBA

    510.451

    Quantum Physical Interactions

    Spicer

    Not planned for 2013-15

    510.415

    Chemistry of Materials Synthesis

    Katz

    Fall 2014

    540.403

    Colloids and Nanoparticles

    Bevan

    Fall 2014

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