Course Title: Introduction to Nanotechnology (3-0-3)                           

Course #: NANO 200

ABET Categories: Basic Science 50%, Engineering Science 50%


Catalog Description: 

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.

Prerequisites:  Chemistry CH 115 and Physics PEP 111

Percentages for:  Attendance 10%, Quiz 30% (10% each), HW 20%, Final 40%

Course’s Objective:  Students will be able to understand the fundamental challenges and limitations involved in designing and demonstrating nanodevices and systems.

Course Outcomes:

·      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)]

·      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)]

Textbook(s) or References: 


Nanotechnology – Understanding Small Systems, 2nd Edition

by Ben Rogers, Sumita Pennathur and Jesse Adams

CRC Press, Tylor & Francis Group

Mode of Delivery       Class           




Big Picture and Principles of the Small World




Introduction to Miniaturization

§  Understanding the atom

§  Nanotechnology starts with a dare

§  Why one-billionth of a meter is a big deal

§  Thinking it through: the broad implications of nanotechnology

§  The business of nanotech: plenty of room at the bottom line too


§  Background: the smaller, the better

§  Scaling laws

§  Accuracy of the scaling laws

Introduction to Nanoscale Physics

§  Background: Newton never saw a nanotube

§  One hundred hours and eight minutes of nanoscale physics

§  The basics of quantum mechanics

§  Summary


§  Background: matter matters

§  Bonding atoms to make molecules and solids

§  Crystal structures

§  Structures small enough to be different

§  Summary


§  Background: the universe mechanism

§  A high-speed review of motion: displacement, velocity, acceleration, and force

§  Nanomechanical oscillators: a tale of beams and atoms

§  Feeling faint forces

§  Summary


§  Background: the problem (opportunity)

§  Electron energy band

§  Electrons in solids: conductors, insulators, and semiconductors

§  Fermi energy

§  The density of states for solids

§  Turn down the volume!

§  Quantum confinement

§  Tunneling

§  Single electron phenomena

§  Molecular electronics

§  Summary

Nanoscale Heat Transfer

§  Background: hot topic

§  All heat is nanoscale heat

§  Conduction

§  Convection

§  Radiation

§  Summary


§  Background: the Lycurgus cup and birth of the photon

§  Photonics properties of nanomaterials

§  Near-field light

§  Optical tweezers

§  Photonic crystals: a band gap for photons

§  Summary

Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics

§  Background: becoming fluent in fluids

§  Fluids at the nanoscale: major concepts

§  How fluids flow at the nanoscale

§  Applications of nanofluids

§  Summary


§  Background: our world in a cell

§  Introduction: how biology “feels” at the nanometer scale

§  The machinery of the cell

§  Applications of nanobiotechnology

§  Summary