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NANO 570 & 571 Foundations of Nanoscience & Frontiers in Nanotechnology I & II (6 cr)

Prerequisites: CHEM 510 or PHYS 580. These courses build a fundamental understanding of the unique properties of materials with nanoscale dimensions, and introduce the students to the synthesis and characterization of these new materials for possible applications in Nanotechnology. The courses deal with the nature of matter in aggregated and finite states in different systems. These are systems in which the size of the system itself is a critical parameter in determining its chemical and physical behavior. The first course will provide the perspective needed to appreciate the questions that arise when intrinsically finite systems are studied. In the second course, different methods to synthesize nanoparticles, nanowires, nanocomposites etc. will be introduced along with studies of the unique properties of nanomaterials and the current and potential applications.


NANO 650-651 Experimental Techniques in Nanoscience I and II (3 cr)

Prerequisites: CHEM 409 or PHYS 450 or permission of the instructor. These two 1.5 credit hour courses focus on a variety of instrumental methods and techniques commonly applied to the characterization of nanomaterials. Particular attention will be placed on the theory behind the measurements, instrument safety, sample preparation, and data analysis/interpretation. NANO 650 will focus on X-ray, optical, and electron characterization techniques while NANO 651 will cover morphological and physical properties characterization tools.


NANO 660 Theoretical Studies of Nanostructures (3 cr)

Prerequisites: CHEM 610 or PHYS 580. Introduction to theoretical techniques needed to study electronic and magnetic properties of nanostructures. Covers theoretical first principles approaches to study electronic structure of molecules, clusters, nanostructure materials, and condensed matter including determination of geometry and electronic states. The course will cover magnetic properties in reduced sizes including quantum effects and the model Hamiltonians. A brief discussion of effective interatomic molecular potentials and their application in monte-carlo and molecular dynamics methods will be included. The course will end with a discussion of application of nanomaterials to medical area.


NANO 690 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Research Seminar (1 cr)

Semester course; 1 credit. May be repeated for credit. In addition to reports presented by students, staff, and visiting lecturers, current problems and developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology are discussed. NANO 692 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Research Seminar (1 cr) Semester course; 1 credit. Student will present two different seminars, one on a current literature topic approved by the seminar committee, and the second on their doctoral research.


Approved Course Electives


The 9 elective credits shall be chosen from the following courses or other courses as approved by the Program Director.

CHEM 510 Atomic and Molecular Structure


CHEM 511 Thermodynamics and Kinetics


CHEM 512 Applied Molecular Modeling


CHEM 580 Mechanical Properties of Plastics and Polymers


CHEM 591 Topics in Chemistry


CHEM 610 Applied Quantum Chemistry


CHEM 611 Molecular Spectroscopy


CHEM 612 Modern Statistical Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications


CHEM 634 Surface Science


CHEM 635 Spectrochemical Analysis

CHEM 691 Topics in Chemistry


PHYS 550 Techniques in Material Research


PHYS 580 Quantum Mechanics


PHYS 591 Topics in Physics


PHYS 641 Solid State Physics


PHYS 661 Surface and Materials Physics


PHYS 691 Special Topics


CLSE 645 Biosensors and Bioelectronic Devices


CLSE 675 Polymers in Medicine


EGRE 525 Fundamentals of Photonics Engineering


EGRE 621 Spintronics

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