Introduction to Nanotechnology – NANO 200

School of Engineering and Science


Meeting Times:           Tuesday 2:00 am – 2:50am, Friday 3:00pm – 4:40pm

Classroom Location:   Carnegie 316

Instructor:                   Eui-Hyeok (EH) Yang           

Contact Info:              Carnegie 206,, 201-216-5574

Office Hours:              Tuesday and Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Course Web Address: None

Prerequisite(s):            Chemistry CH 115 and Physics PEP 111

Corequisite(s):             None

Cross-listed with:        None



The course addresses the science underpinnings of nanotechnology to provide an understanding of the fundamental challenges and limitations involved in designing and demonstrating nanodevices and systems. The role of solid state physics, chemistry and some biology will be emphasized together with some basic engineering science ideas applied at the nanoscale. By the end of the course, students will understand principles of the fabrication, characterization and manipulation of nanoscale materials, systems, and devices.


Students will be able to understand the fundamental challenges and limitations involved in designing and demonstrating nanodevices and systems.

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to

·         demonstrates a knowledge of scientific issues that distinguish nanoscale phenomena from those at the macroscopic scale [SES Outcome 1 Scientific Foundations - an understanding of the scientific and mathematical basis of engineering (ABET Criterion 3-a)], and

·         demonstrates a knowledge of how nanoscale phenomena can be harnessed to create micro-engineered structures of technological value [SES Outcome 2 Engineering Foundations - the ability to use applied scientific knowledge (ABET Criterion 3-e)].


·         This course is comprised of bi-weekly lectures with some lab tours and equipment demonstrations embedded in the lectures.



Textbook(s): Nanotechnology – Understanding Small Systems, 2nd Edition by Ben Rogers, Sumita Pennathur and Jesse Adams CRC Press, Tylor & Francis Group

Other Readings:       

1. Introduction to BioMEMS by Albert Folch (ISBN 978-1-4398-1839-8), CRC Press, 2013

2. Available online through Canvas course shell

Materials: Scientific calculators



Attendance     All students start the semester 10 points for attendance. A student will lose 1 points for each additional absences. Excused absences (religious or medical, noted in via email to the professor prior to the absence occurring) accompanied by proper documentation will not lead to point deductions.

Homework     There will be 10 homework assignments throughout this course. All homework assignments must be submitted by the assigned date and submitted to the professor via hard copy. Homework assignments will be graded for accuracy and completion and returned within 2 class periods.

Quizzes           There will be 3 scheduled quizzes throughout the semester. Quizzes will be graded for accuracy and returned within 2 class periods. If a student is absent (unexcused) on a day that a quiz is given s/he will receive an automatic 0 for that quiz.

Final Exam    The final exam is cumulative. There will be a review session one week prior to each exam.



·         There are 10 possible points that a student can earn in this course. The final grade will be based on the number of points earned out of the number of points possible. Percentages are also listed below.




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The following procedures apply to quizzes and exams for this course. As the instructor, I reserve the right to modify any conditions set forth below by printing revised Exam Room Conditions on the quiz or exam.


1.      Students may use the following devices during quizzes and exams. Any electronic devices that are not mentioned in the list below are not permitted.








Cell Phones                






Smart Watches



Google Glass              



Other (Nonprogrammable calculator)













2.      Students may use the following materials during quizzes and exams. Any materials that are not mentioned in the list below are not permitted.







Handwritten Notes



Typed Notes

Conditions: one 8x10 sheet (Times 11 and black) is permitted.


















3.      Students are not allowed to work with or talk to other students during quizzes and/or exams.



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For more information about Disability Services and the process to receive accommodations, visit If you have any questions please contact:

Lauren Poleyeff, Psy.M., LCSW - Diability Services Coordinator and Staff Clinician in Student Counseling and Disability Services at Stevens Institute of Technology at or by phone (201) 216-8728.



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·         be open to the perspectives of others

·         appreciate the uniqueness their colleagues 

·         take advantage of the opportunity to learn from each other       

·         exchange experiences, values and beliefs

·         communicate in a respectful manner

·         be aware of individuals who are marginalized and involve them

·         keep confidential discussions private 


The following is a tentative course schedule. Any and all changes to this schedule will be communicated to you 1) in class and 2) via email.


Week Starting






Required: None


Student Introduction due in class


Introduction to Miniaturization

Required: Textbook Ch. 2


HW #1


Nanoscale Physics

Required: Textbook Ch. 3

HW #2



Required: Textbook Ch. 4

HW #3


Quiz 1



Quiz 1



Required: Textbook Ch. 5

HW #4




Required: Textbook Ch. 5

HW #5





Required: Textbook Ch. 6

HW #6



Required: Textbook Ch. 6

HW #7



Quiz 2




Quiz 2


Nanoscale Heat Transfer

Required: Textbook Ch. 7

HW #8



Required: Textbook Ch. 8

A HW #9


Microscale Fluid Mechanics

Required: Textbook Ch. 9

HW #10


Microscale Fluid Mechanics

Required: Textbook Ch. 9



Quiz 3


Quiz 3

Final exam review


Final Exam