Nanoscale Materials & Nanotechnology Track

Students in this track will learn how to develop knowledge and techniques to work at the molecular level to create new materials, structures and devices with fundamentally new properties and functions. Nanotechnology translates to any technology done on a nanometer scale, in other words, manipulating individual atoms or molecules to build both materials and devices that are only as big as a handful of atoms. Nanotechnology is used to produce smart materials having a variety of properties and functions, a new generation of medical devices and drug delivery systems, the atomic-scale chips and memory of next-generation computers thousands of times more powerful than those that run on silicon technology, as well as solve many of the energy and environmental problems that our civilization is facing. Nanoscale particles and devices have already infiltrated industry and are quickly penetrating into society. It is hard to think of an industry that is not likely to be disrupted by nanotechnology within the next decade. Graduating materials scientists and materials engineers will need a broader perspective on  materials use at the nanoscale. This interdisciplinary track provides a strong foundation for nanoscience and nanotechnology and is designed to prepare students for future interdisciplinary careers, for graduate research programs in materials science, nanotechnology, bioengineering and other disciplines.

Suggested Course Sequence

  • ECEE 302
  • PHYS 311
  • PHYS 452 or MATE 512
  • MEM 417 or ENVE 460

Relevant Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
PHYS 311
Classical Mechanics I (Required)
PHYS 452
Solid State Physics (Required) OR
MATE 512
Solid State Materials (Required)
ECEE 302
Electronic Devices (Required) 4
MATE 473
Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Characterization of Energy Materials
MATE 482
Materials for Energy Storage
PHYS 282
Physics IIIA
PHYS 453
Nanoscience 3
CHE 360
BioProcess Principles
CHEM 364
Spectroscopic Analysis
MEM 417
Introduction to Microfabrication
MEM 419
Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip
MGMT 260
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MGMT 364
Technology Management
ENVS 260
Environmental Science & Society I
ENVE 460
Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control
BMES 401
Biosensors I
BMES 524
Introduction to Biosensors
BMES 541
Nano and Molecular Mechanics of Biological Materials
BMES 660
Biomaterials I
BMES 661
Biomaterials II