Nanotechnology Concentration

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 concentration 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 Concentration, 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 Concentration, the student must complete three electives with a focus on nanotechnology, a nanomaterials laboratory course and a nanotechnology 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.

Students must declare their intent to satisfy the requirements of the Nanotechnology Concentration in Materials Science and Engineering by their 5th semester (1st semester junior year). Students should declare their intent in writing or by e-mail to their department advisors and copy the academic coordinator.

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

  • Course Number

    Course Title and Description



    Nanotechnology Concentration (select 3 plus 510.442) (planned offerings may change)
    510.442 Nanomaterials Lab Ma Fall 2017
    510.427 Chemistry of Nanomaterials Hall  To Be Decided
    510.422 Micro- and Nano- Structured Materials and Devices Katz Spring (usually)
    510.403 Materials Characterization McGuiggan Fall 2017
    510.405 Materials Science of Energy Technologies Erlebacher To Be Decided
    510.421 Nanoparticles Wilson Spring 2018 (Tentative)
    510.457 Materials Science of Thin Films Weihs  To Be Decided
    530.496 Micro/Nanoscience and Biotechnology

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

    Wang  (530.672 BioMEMS is offered every spring semester)
    540.415 Interfacial Science with Applications to Nanoscales Frechette Fall 2017
    530.495 Microfabrication Laboratory Wang Fall (usually)
    510.420 Stealth Science and Engineering Spicer  Fall 2018 (Tentative)
    510.451 Quantum Physical Interactions Spicer  To Be Decided
    510.415 Chemistry of Materials Synthesis Katz  To Be Decided
    540.403 Colloids and Nanoparticles Bevan Spring (usually)

    This list is NOT meant to be exhaustive. Other courses on campus can be selected, as long as they focus on nanotechnology. Email Professor Evan Ma if you have suggestions/questions.




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