Aug 18, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EB 3300 - Molecular Nanotechnology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
This course explores the underlying science behind nanotechnology, the tools used to create and characterize nanostructures, and potential applications of such devices. The infusion of nanotechnology into areas of food safety, agriculture, medicine, healthcare, the environment, consumer goods, biomaterials and bio-based engineering disciplines are explored. Potential risks of nanotechnology are discussed. The course covers topics that range from a brief review of the physical principles of electric fields and forces and the nature of chemical bonds and nanofabrication to the current and future applications of nanotechnology. (prereq: BI 102 , PH 2031 )


Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define terms like nanotechnology, bionanotechnology and nanobiotechnology
  • Discuss the nanofabrication methods
  • Characterize nanomaterials/nanodevices and analyze data
  • Discuss molecular nanotechnology applications in food safety, agriculture, medicine, pharmaceuticals, environment, as well as other bio-based engineering disciplines; and, be able to apply molecular nanotechnology into these fields
  • Discuss the philosophy and ethics of molecular nanotechnology

Prerequisites by Topic
• None
Course Topics
  • Introduction to nanoscience
  • The nature of nanotechnology (from nanoscience to nanotechnology)
  • Nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • Nanofabrication: top-down versus bottom-up
  • Nanofabrication: chemical synthesis and modification
  • Characterization at the nanoscale
  • Demonstration: nanofabrication and nano-characterization
  • Bionanotechnology and nanobiotechnology
  • Medical nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Special topic I: Design of nanoparticles for cancer treatment
  • Nanotechnology in the agri-food sector
  • Special topic II: nanoparticle interactions with plants
  • Nanotechnology and environment
  • Philosophy and ethics of nanotechnology

Dr. Wujie Zhang

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