MSE 406 Science and Technology of Nanostructures

Spring 2016-2017





The course covers both top-down and bottom-up fabrication methods for making nanostructures. Characterization methods specific to the nanoscale are discussed, including scanning probe microscopies. Nanomaterials are presented including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots and nanocomposites. Many of the functions within the human body are controlled by nanoscale mechanisms and this course will describe how these phenomena are being applied in new technologies including molecular motors. The principles and applications of the quantum confinement effects on optical properties are discussed particularly as sensors. Advances in microelectronics are described that have moved circuitry from microscale to nanoscale devices, as well as the emerging field of molecular-scale electronics.


Grading Policy

 Quiz: 10%

Midterms (I&II): 50%

Final: 40%