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Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2010
 

Courses in Nanoscale Science

N SCI 101 (= N ENG 101) Nanotechnology Survey (3)
Introduction to the definitions, principles and applications of nanotechnology. Discussion of emergent nanoscale properties, atomic and molecular self-assembly and concepts of bottom-up and top-down processing and fabrication. Introduction to selected nanoscale systems, including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and graphene. Only one of N SCI 101 or N ENG 101 may be taken for credit.

N SCI 103 (= N ENG 103) Economic Impacts of Nanotechnology (3)
Introduction to the economic impacts of nanotechnology innovation. Basic economic principles will be presented and discussed in terms of emerging nanotechnologies. Topics will include economics of nanoelectronics; nanoscale technologies for energy and the environment; and nanobioscience/nanobioengineering. Only one of N SCI 103 or N ENG 103 may be taken for credit.

N SCI 104 (= N ENG 104) Disruptive Nanotechnologies (3)
Nanoscale technological innovation as central to the economic growth process will be examined within a historical context leading to an understanding of nanoscale technology evolution in industrial revolution. The technological, economic and business significance of nanotechnology will be discussed as an “enabling” force with profound economic, business and societal impacts. Emerging new models of innovation by firms and by regions will be explored as well as related measurement tools to better understand the economic and business environment of disruptive nanotechnologies. Only one of N SCI 104 or N ENG 104 may be taken for credit.

N SCI 110 (= N ENG 110) Chemical Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering I (4)
Fundamental chemical principles for nanoscale materials and systems. Basic chemical concepts of energy, enthalpy, thermodynamics, and quantum atomic theory are introduced with a focus on application to nanoscale materials and application architectures. Fundamentals of chemical bonding in nanoscale materials (covalent, ionic). Laboratory section included. Only one of N SCI 110 or N ENG 110 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): four years of high school science (earth science, biology, chemistry and physics), and mathematics through pre-calculus, or equivalent.

N SCI 112 (= N ENG 112) Chemical Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering II (4)
Introduces concepts of gas law, phases, equilibrium, and rates of reaction, applicable to nanoscale systems. Further development of the concepts and nature of chemical bonding. Application of chemical principles to the structure of matter, molecular materials, and crystals. Laboratory section included. Only one of N SCI 112 or N ENG 112 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110 or permission of instructor.

N SCI 120 (= N ENG 120) Physical Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering I (4)
Newtonian mechanics, motion, momentum, work-energy equivalence as applied to nanoscale materials and systems. Includes static, dynamics, and mechanics of bulk and nanoscale materials. Laboratory section included. Only one of N SCI 120 or N ENG 120 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 112 or permission of instructor.

N SCI 122 (= N ENG 122) Physical Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering II (4)
Concepts of charge, electrostatic potential, current, and fields relevant to nanoscale materials, devices, and systems. Electrical properties of bulk and nanoscale metals, semiconductors and insulators. RCL circuit behavior. Lorentz force and application to nanoscale systems and materials. Laboratory section included. Only one of N SCI 122 or N ENG 122 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 120.

N SCI 124 (= N ENG 124) Physical Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering III (4)
Formalism of vibratory phenomena (waves, oscillators, complex response functions) and scattering (including diffraction) as applied to nanoscale materials and systems. Wave nature of matter, DeBroglie hypothesis, fundamental the double slit experiment, electron diffraction, modern physics. Laboratory section included. Only one of N SCI 124 or N ENG 124 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 122.

N SCI 125 Physical Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering III (Honors) (4)
Honors version of N SCI/N ENG 124. Same topics as N SCI 124 but topics are covered in greater depth. This course is for students with greater than average ability and background in Nanoscale Science. N SCI 125 substitutes for N SCI 124 toward the prerequisite in any course. Only one of N SCI 124, N ENG 124, N SCI 125, or N ENG 125 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): admission to the CNSE honors program and satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 120 or N SCI/N ENG 122.

N SCI 130 (= N ENG 130) Biological Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering I (4)
This course will introduce basic concepts in nanobiology and nanomedicine. The course will initially focus on fundamental biological principles such as DNA/RNA synthesis and replication, protein synthesis, and cellular structure/function. Only one of N SCI 130 or N ENG 130 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120 and N SCI/N ENG 122.

N SCI 132 (= N ENG 132) Biological Principles of Nanoscale Science and Engineering II (4)
The course will cover topics relating to the interface between nanosystems and biological systems. This will include general information about biomimetic systems and the uses of nanotechnology for biological research. Only one of N SCI 132 or N ENG 132 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 130.

N SCI 201 Computer Control of Instrumentation (2)
Introduction to computer-based automation and control for instrumentation. This course will focus on the use of software (e.g., LabView) and interface cards for controlling processing and analytical tools as well as customized configuration of multiple pieces of equipment for integrated experimental data acquisition and analysis. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 202 Introduction to Nanoscale Engineering Design and Manufacturing (2)
Develops students' competence and self-confidence as nanodesign scientists. Emphasis on the creative design process bolstered by application of physical laws, design software (CAD) and learning to complete projects on schedule and within budget. Lecture topics include idea generation, estimation, concept selection, visual thinking and communication, kinematics of mechanisms, machine elements, design for manufacturing, basic electronics, and professional responsibilities and ethics. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 203 Advanced Circuits Laboratory (2)
Introductory subject that provides the knowledge necessary for reading schematics and designing, building, analyzing, and testing fundamental analog and digital circuits. Interactive examples and exploring the practical uses of electronics in engineering and experimental science, including signals and measurement fundamentals. Students have the use of state-of-the-art hardware and software for data acquisition, analysis, and control. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 204 Finite Element Modeling (2)
Introduction to principles of finite element modeling and utilization of standard commercial software packages (MATLAB, Intellisuite, ANSYS) for modeling of mechanical, transport, and electromagnetic response of nanoscale systems. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 205 Numerical Simulation (2)
Introduction to standard numerical simulation approaches for nanoscale materials, system and devices using custom and commercial packages. Topics will include direct numerical calculation, simulators and field solvers in addition to statistical (Monte Carlo) approaches for materials analysis. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 220 Structure of Matter (3)
Course focusing on the chemical bonding and symmetry of clusters, crystal lattices, amorphous materials and organized molecular structures. Emphasis will also be placed on various concepts, constructs, and techniques for characterizing nanoscale structures including the structure factor, diffraction, and the radial distribution function. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 221 Structure of Matter-Honors Section (3)
Course focusing on the chemical bonding and symmetry of clusters, crystal lattices, amorphous materials and organized molecular structures. Emphasis will also be placed on various concepts, constructs, and techniques for characterizing nanoscale structures including the structure factor, diffraction, and the radial distribution function. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent. Admission to the Honors Program in Nanoscale Science. N SCI 221 is the honors version of N SCI 220, only one may be taken for credit.

N SCI 230 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Nanoscale Systems (3)
Applications of thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics to nanoscale materials and systems with an emphasis on the laws of thermodynamics, phase equilibria, chemical potential, Gibbs-Duhem relation, Boltzman, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein distribution functions, ensemble behavior. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 231 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Nanoscale Systems-Honors (3)
Applications of thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics to nanoscale materials and systems with an emphasis on the laws of thermodynamics, phase equilibria, chemical potential, Gibbs-Duhem relation, Boltzman, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein distribution functions, ensemble behavior. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent. Admission to the Honors Program in Nanoscale Science. N SCI 231 is the honors version of N SCI 230, only one may be taken for credit.

N SCI 240 Biochemical Principles for Nanoscale Science (3)
This course will cover basic chemical concepts of chemical/biological signaling, surface binding, and selectivity. The course will also focus on chemical interactions at gas, fluid, and solid interfaces for nanobiosystems. Includes laboratory section. Prerequisite(s): admission to the nanoscience honors program and satisfactory completion of N SCI/N ENG 110, N SCI/N ENG 112, N SCI/N ENG 120, N SCI/N ENG 122, A MAT 112 or A MAT 118 or T MAT 118, and A MAT 113 or A MAT 119 or T MAT 119, or equivalent.

N SCI 300 Integrated NanoLaboratory I (3)
Advanced laboratory training for undergraduates. This laboratory will promote hands-on use of advanced CNSE processing, characterization, and integration laboratories including selected toolsets for 200mm and 300mm wafer design, fabrication, processing and metrology. Course will focus on operating principles of selected processing, testing, and metrology tools. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 220 or N SCI 221, N SCI 230 or N SCI 231 and A MAT 220.

N SCI 305 Integrated NanoLaboratory II (3)
Advanced laboratory training for undergraduates. This laboratory will promote hands-on use of advanced CNSE processing, characterization, and integration laboratories including selected toolsets for 200mm and 300mm wafer design, fabrication, processing and metrology. Course will focus on integration of processing, fabrication, and metrology tools for construction, analysis, and testing of device structures. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300 and permission of instructor.

N SCI 310 Nanoscale Surfaces and Interfaces (3)
Structure of surfaces and interfaces at the nanometer length scale. Diffusion, adsorption, chemisorption, and physisorption of atomic and molecular species at surfaces and interfaces. Overview of analytic approaches for surface and interfacial characterization and metrology. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 220, or N SCI 221, and N SCI 230 or N SCI 231.

N SCI 320 Advanced Physical/Chemical Concepts for Nanoscale Science (3)
Advanced course focusing on physical/chemical concepts and their application to nanoscale materials and systems. Topics will include advanced treatment of energy levels, orbital theory, spectroscopy, phase transformations, kinetics, and diffusion. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 220 or N SCI 221, and N SCI 230 or N SCI 231.

N SCI 330 Energetics and Kinetics in Nanobiological Systems (3)
For this course, energy transduction, kinetics, and transport for nanobiological systems will be explored at an advanced level. Topics covered will include oxidation/reduction pathways, electron transport, chemical/electrical gradients, energy transduction and basic biochemical kinetics. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 220, or N SCI 221, and N SCI 230 or N SCI 231.

N SCI 350 Introduction to Quantum Theory for Nanoscale Systems (3)
Introduction to Solid State Quantum Theory for Nanoscale Systems. Fundamental quantum mechanical formalisms applicable to solid state materials. Solution of Schrödinger equation for period potentials and application to nanoscale phenomena, such as tunneling and localization. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 220, or NSCI 221, and N SCI 230 or N SCI 231.

N SCI 360 Nanoscale Molecular Materials and Soft Matter (3)
Structure-property relations and chemistry of synthetic polymers, biological macromolecules, gels, foams, emulsions and colloids. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300 and N SCI 350.

N SCI 390 Capstone Research I. Introduction and Literature Review (3)
First course in a 3-course series representing and original, substantive, team-based research project to introduce the student to professional-level Nanoscale Science research. During this introductory course the student will work with a CNSE research team to investigate and identify a topical research problem of interest to the wide fields of Nanoscale Science. Emphasis will be placed on a functional understanding of the current technical, peer-reviewed literature in the area of interest and the drafting of a coherent research plan with relevant proof-of-concept research results. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor and satisfactory completion of N SCI 300 and N SCI 350.

N SCI 410 Quantum Origins of Material Properties (3)
This course will focus on the quantum properties of a variety of materials systems and how these properties govern bulk and nanoscale material characteristics. Topics will focus on discrete energy levels and orbital theory and relation to spectroscopy, material phase transformations and kinetics. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 420 Electronic Properties of Nanomaterials (3)
Electron transport in metals, properties of dielectric materials including insulators and semiconductors. Topics include electron energies in solids, the statistical physics of carrier concentration and motion in crystals, and energy band models in silicon and well as compound semiconductors. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 421 Nanoscale Electronic Devices (3)
This course will focus on nanoscale device and device geometries based on semiconductor materials. Topics include drift and diffusion currents, recombination-generation of carriers, continuity equations, and the p-n junction under equilibrium and bias conditions, and metal-semiconductor Schottky and ohmic contacts. Non-idealities associated with real diodes are introduced. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 422 Concepts in Molecular Electronics (3)
This course will focus on nanoelectronic materials based on individual molecules or nanoscale molecular assemblies. Will examine electronic polymers, carbon nanotubes, molecular wires, and discuss aspects of electronic band structure and carrier densities, and charge transport in 1-dimensional covalently bonded materials. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 423 Magnetic and Spintronic Materials and Devices (3)
Introduction to magnetic materials and nanoscale structures for spintronic manipulation. This course will focus on the fundamental science of magnetism and local electron spin manipulation, transport and coupling. Devices based on the addition of the spin degree of freedom to conventional charge-based electronic devices, such as Spin-FET will be discussed. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 424 Optoelectronic Materials and Devices (3)
Introduction to semiconductor optoelectronic materials for optoelectronic applications. This course will cover topics including design, operating principles and practical device features. Review of relevant semiconductor physics, optical processes in semiconductors, waveguides, and microcavities will be discussed. Operational principals of light emitting diodes and lasers, photodetectors, and solar cells will be introduced. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 430 Nanoscale Physical Properties in Reduced Dimensions (3)
Origin of electrical, optical, and thermomechanical properties in two-, one- and zero dimensional systems, including thin films, graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, and quantum dots. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 431 Growth of Nanostructured Materials (3)
Nucleation and growth in confined systems, growth of carbon nanotubes, plasma and thermally assisted deposition processes, nature of plasmas. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 432 Particle Induced Chemistry (3)
Processing materials with nanometer-scale resolution using energetic particle beams. Topics include EUV lithography, electron beam lithography, and electron- and ion-beam induced etching and deposition from precursors. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 433 Properties of Nanoscale Composite Structures (3)
Introduction to mechanical, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of nanoscale composite structures. Topics will include multilayer composites, nanoparticle composites, porous media, and biomaterial composites. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 434 Nanostructural Characterization Techniques (3)
Current methods of directly examining the nanostructure of materials. Topics: optical microscopy, scanning electron and focused ion beam microscopy, field ion microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and microanalytical surface science methods. Emphasis is on the electron-optical techniques. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 440 Biological Architectures for Nanotechnology Applications (3)
Concepts of structure, function and self-assembly in biological systems and their applications in nanotechnology. Topics include structure and function of biological macromolecules, self-assembly of these molecules, and their use for nanofabrication and other nanoscale applications. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 441 Nanobiology for Nanotechnology Applications (3)
The course will provide an understanding of how structure, functionality, energy transduction and kinetic properties of biological systems can be applied to nanotechnology. Topics will include biosensors, bio-MEMS/NEMS, biomolecular electronics, energy production, or other nanobiological systems. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 443 Biological Routes for Nanomaterials Synthesis (3)
Applications of biological synthesis routes for nanomaterials fabrication. Emphasis will be placed on adaptation of genetic and biochemical routes for the production of tailored materials for molecular self-assembly or nanoscale interfacial engineering. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 490 Capstone Research II. Team Research and Project Review (3)
Second course in a 3-course series representing and original, substantive, team-based research project to introduce the student to professional-level Nanoscale Science and Engineering research. During this intermediate course the student will report progress of the CNSE research team in the designated project area focusing on the student’s efforts and results. This ‘project review’ will conform to prevailing formats and reporting structures for profession-level industry or government-funded research to introduce the student to professional research management. Emphasis will be placed on implementation of the student’s research plan and reporting of progress or challenges encountered. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of N SCI 300, and N SCI 305, and N SCI 360.

N SCI 492 Capstone Research III. Team Research and Final Report (3)
Third course in a 3-course series representing and original, substantive, team-based research project to introduce the student to professional-level Nanoscale Science research. During this final course the student will provide a final report on the research project with an emphasis placed on achievement of the initial goals of the study as well as challenges encountered and lessons learned. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

N SCI 493 Capstone Research III. Team Research and Final Report (Honors) (3)
This course is the honors program version of N SCI 492; the student will take on a more in-depth topic, and the research thesis produced will be presented publicly to the CNSE faculty and students. Third course in a 3-course series representing an original, substantive, team-based research project to introduce the student to professional-level Nanoscale Science research. During this final course the student will provide a final report on the research project with an emphasis placed on achievement of the initial goals of the study as well as challenges encountered and lessons learned. N SCI 493 is the honors version of N SCI 492, only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): permission of CNSE Honors Director.

N SCI 498 Current Topics in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (1-6)
Seminar course for upper-level undergraduate students. Students will receive individualized instruction regarding literature review on topics relevant to student’s capstone research and concentration areas. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

N NSE 197 Supervised Undergraduate Research (1-6)
Supervised participation and research in an established Nanoscale Science or Nanoscale Engineering project designed for the freshman or sophmore undergraduate student who desires to engage in study at the introductory or survey level. This participation and research may build upon related prior academic achievement and experience. May be repeated, but each registration must be for an approved Nanoscale Science or Nanoscale Engineering project. The normal credit load for this course is 3 credits; students desiring more than 3 credits must submit a request including justification to the CNSE Office of Student Services. Prerequisite(s): permission of CNSE Office of Student Services and supervising CNSE instructor.

N NSE 397 Independent Study and Research (1-6)
Independent study or research in an area of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering designed for the undergraduate student who desires to engage in study of a subject beyond the introductory or survey level, particularly that which builds upon related prior academic achievement and experience. May be repeated, but each registration must be for an approved project. The normal credit load for this course is 3 credits; students desiring more than 3 credits must submit a request including justification to the CNSE Office of Student Services (1-6 credits as approved). Prerequisite(s): consent of supervising CNSE instructor; permission by CNSE Office of Student Services. Further information and application requirements may be obtained from the CNSE Office of Student Services.