CHE/ME 2301, Nanobiotechnology Laboratory Experience
Cat II, 1/3 unit. The
current developments and experimental skills in nanoscale bioscience
and biotechnology will be introduced. Experimental skills such as
nanomaterials synthesis, electron microscopy and introductory
biotechnology techniques are presented. This course will provide
students training in laboratory technique and data handling.
Recommended background: CH 1010 or equivalent. .
ME 4875, Introduction to Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
Cat. I, 1/3 unit. This
course introduces students to current developments in nanoscale science
and technology. The current advance of materials and devices
constituting of building blocks of metals, semiconductors, ceramics or
polymers that are nanometer size (1-100 nm) are reviewed. The profound
implications for technology and science of this research field are
discussed. The differences of the properties of matter on the nanometer
scale from those on the macroscopic scale due to the size confinement,
predominance of interfacial phenomena and quantum mechanics are
studied. The main issues and techniques relevant to science and
technologies on the nanometer scale are considered. New developments in
this field and future perspectives are presented. Topics covered
include: fabrication of nanoscale structures, characterization at
nanoscale, molecular electronics, nanoscale mechanics, new
architecture, nano-optics and societal impacts. Recommended
background: ES 2001 Introduction to Materials or equivalent. 1/3
ME 575, Introduction to Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
Two graduate credits. ME
575 is the graduate version of ME 4875, taught concurrently in seven
ME 5841, Surface Metrology
Three graduate credits. This
course emphasizes research applications of advanced surface metrology,
including the measurement and analysis of surface roughness. Surface
metrology can be important in a wide variety of situations (including
adhesion, friction, catalysis, heat transfer, mass transfer,
scattering, biological growth, wear and wetting) and with length scales
from nano to terrestrial. These situations impact practically all the
engineering disciplines and sciences. Students should have some
background in engineering, math or science.
PH 2510, Atomic Force Microscopy
Cat. II, 1/3 unit. Atomic force microscopes (AFMs) are
instruments that allow
three-dimensional imaging of surfaces with nanometer resolution and are
important enabling tools for nanoscience and technology. The student
who successfully completes this course will understand the functional
principles of AFMs, be able to run one, and interpret the data that are
collected. Recommended background: PH 1110 and 1120. Suggested
background: PH 1130 and PH 1140. Link
The course has two main parts. The first half
of the term emphasizes instrumentation, the second half interpretation.
Each week, there are three one-hour lectures, one one-hour computer
and one two-hour instrument lab. Previous students have indicated that
the course was not
only helpful in their projects and research, but also in finding
employment and securing
admission to graduate school. You must pass the course in order to
use the AFM in your future research in my laboratory. Auditors are
welcome to sit in the lectures.
However, they may not partake in the labs due to the high cost of
the limited number of TAs, and licensing issues. Further
development of the course has been in part supported by the
Undergraduate Education program of the National Science Foundation. Link to most recent
syllabus. Link to
PH 561, Atomic Force Microscopy
Three graduate credits.
PH 561 is the graduate version of the course, taught over a
semester instead of seven weeks, with higher expectations for the
development of professional
skills and more challenging homework. A bachelor's degree in
science or engineering should be sufficient background. Link to most recent
syllabus of PH 597A, newly renamed PH 561. Link
to YouTube lessons.
PH 597N, Nanoscience Journal Club
One graduate credit. The
course objectives are for graduate students to be exposed
nanoscience literature and to improve their skills in writing
abstracts, giving presentations, and thinking critically.
Students research a recent nanoscience topic unfamiliar to them, write
an abstract synthesizing a small collection of peer-reviewed
publications, present the topic, and respond to questions from fellow
students and faculty.
Minor in Nanoscience
Important to nanoscience are the studies of the structure and function
of molecules, and the quantum and atomic properties of matter.
Nanoscientists investigate fundamental aspects of the behavior of
molecules, materials, devices, and living matter at length scales
smaller than the wavelength of visible light. Synthesizing
knowledge across disciplines greatly enhances progress in understanding
nanoscale systems. A Minor in Nanoscience will benefit students
who wish to enhance their disciplinary major with an additional degree
designation in the area of Nanoscience.
The Minor in Nanoscience requires the completion of at least two units
of course work in the topical areas described below: (a,b).
Students planning the minor should contact Professor Burnham in the
Structure of Molecules.
At least one course (1/3 unit) in
organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry.
2. Function of Molecules.
At least one course (1/3 unit) selected from the following list:
Introduction to Biotechnology
3. Quantum Properties of Matter.
At least one course (1/3 unit) selected from the following:
4. Atomic Properties of Matter.
PH 2501 or 2502 Photonics or Lasers
PH 3401 or 3402 Quantum Mechanics
At least one course (1/3 unit) selected from the following list:
Introduction to Material Science
5. Nanoscale Fabrication and
Introduction to Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
Solid State Physics
(No minimum number of required courses.)
Nanobiotechnology Laboratory Experience
6. Interdisciplinary Capstone
Experience in Nanoscience (1/3 unit).
Atomic Force Microscopy
The capstone experience for the
nanoscience minor can be satisfied either by i) an independent study
arranged for this purpose as the sixth course in the sequence, or ii) a
small project during an existing course, also as the sixth course in
the sequence (c). If the second option is chosen, the student
must arrange an interdisciplinary capstone experience with the
instructor prior to the start of the course, and the instructor must
agree to advise it. In either case, documentation of the capstone
is required, prepared in consultation with the independent study
advisor or instructor, which incorporates and ties together concepts
learned in the nanoscience courses selected. After successful
completion of the capstone, the instructor shall notify the student,
Professor Burnham in the Physics Department, and the Registrar.
a. In keeping
with Institute-wide policy for minors, up to three courses may be
double-counted for degree requirements (at most 1/3 unit of IQP), no
course may be triple-counted, and the capstone experience must be done
at the end of the sequence. The Major Qualifying Project (MQP)
may not be counted toward activity for Minors.
b. Other courses, including graduate courses, may be
used to satisfy the four topic areas with the approval of the
Nanoscience Minor Committee (currently, Profs. Burnham, Camesano, and
c. The following
faculty members in the "NanoX"
Interest Group are all willing to serve as Nanoscience Capstone or IS/P
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