Jun 06, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SC 310 - Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course will provide students with the basic scientific concepts in physics, chemistry, materials science and biology that are critical to understanding nanoscale science and nanotechnology. The significance of quantum, electrical, physical and magnetic properties at the nanoscale will be contrasted with these properties at the macro- and microscale. The tools used to manipulate atoms, molecules, and materials and the students’ synthetic strategies for producing nanoscale materials and devices will be discussed. Current applications of nanoscale science and nanotechnology will be highlighted with each physical, chemical, biological and materials-based concept explored. (prereq: CH 200 , CH 200A , CH 200B  or CH 2100H and MA 136  or MA 136A )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain the principles governing manufacturing nanoscopic structures
  • Discern and predict the governing principles in self-assembly processes
  • Describe the current state and potential future impact of nanotechnology
  • Explain how physical and chemical properties changes at the nanoscale
  • Select the best scientific instrument for nanoscale applications
  • Explain the significance of the surface/volume ratio in nanostructures
  • Explain the significance of quantum effects at the nanoscale
  • Describe how nanoscale features change materials’ properties
  • Explain the necessary considerations for employing biological molecules in nanoscale materials and devices
  • Compare and contrast electrical, physical, magnetic, and quantum properties at the macro-, micro-, and nanoscale
  • Compare and contrast NEMs and MEMs
  • Explain the significant design considerations for manufacturing and employing nanoscale devices

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Self-assembly
  • Nanoscale allotropes of carbon: fullerenes and nanotubes
  • Quantum dots and nanoparticles
  • Molecular electronics and nanowires
  • Surface properties of atoms
  • Quantum effects at the nanoscale
  • Bio-nanotechnology
  • Synthetic strategies for producing nanoscale materials and devices
  • Design of biomolecules and materials for nanoscale applications
  • Comparison of electrical, physical and magnetic properties at the macro-, micro-, and nanoscale.
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Societal implications of nanotechnology

Dr. Anne-Marie Nickel

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