Courses

Currently PNNA members are offering the following courses related to nanoscience and nanotechnology.

 

PH 382 “Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”

An introductory upper division (science) course that will serve all interested science, engineering, social science, and humanities students. The learning objectives are: (1) Appreciation of how science and technology at the nanometer length scale differ from traditional science and technology at larger length scales; (2) Appreciation of the convergence of all natural sciences at the nanometer length scale; (3) Appreciation that this convergence offers unprecedented opportunities of nanoengineering resulting in nanotechnologies; and (4) Appreciation of the effects of nanoscience and nanotechnology on society and students’ future personal life.

BI 372 “Nanotechnology, Society and Sustainability”

Nanotechnology has broad implications and applications, ranging from environmental remediation and/or contamination to social justice and equity applications in developing countries, to biomedical treatments and interventions, to intellectual property dilemmas. Students will gain familiarity with nanotechnology within these contexts, and develop skills in analyzing and balancing risks and benefits grounded in a sound understanding of the science behind nanotechnology applications.

ECE 317 “Nanotechnology: Modeling & Simulations”

Introduction to basic electrical concepts, nanotechnology, and the principles of modeling and simulation. Modeling and simulation are used to examine environmental and health hazards and the applications of nanotechnology in environmental and biomedical sensing and in current and future nanoelectronic technologies.

CH 445/545, ECE 410, and PH 410/510 "Fabrication and Characterization of Nanomaterials"

is a hands on training course on standard as well as emergent fabrication and characterization techniques. In the 02 credit version students are exposed to the process of designing and fabricating of patterns on silicon substrates. The  04 credit version adds exposition to contemporary as well as emerging characterization techniques, including focused ion beam, atomic force microscopy, qunatized conductivity, and nano-optics.

PH 481/581 "Introduction to Nano(-Materials) Science and Engineering"

is a 4 credit lecture based theory course taught by Professor Moeck. Its multidisciplinary approach to the topic of nanomaterial, nanoscience, and nanoengineering provides students with a well rounded view of the field. The course also focuses on enhancing students interdisciplinary communications skills.

CH 410/510 "Chemistry and Physics of Photoresist"

is a 4 credit lecture based course with an out of class lab taught by Professor  Rananavare. The course focuses on the photoreactive materials used in the lithography process by the semiconductor industry.

ME 410/510 "Fundamental of MEMS and Mircosystems"

is a 4 credit lecture based course taught by Professor Meekisho. The course focuses the underlying principles of physics, mechanics and materials science as they apply to MEMS will be covered and coupled closely with the basic and applied aspects of Microsystems Engineering. Case studies involving the design, operation, fabrication and packaging of MEMS devices will be used throughout the class.