Nov 25, 2020  
Spring 2019 Catalog 
Spring 2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

NS 100 - Introduction to Nanotechnology

Credit Hours: 3

This course will introduce students to the concept of size and scale in relation to nanoscience. It will introduce students to the common terminology, and cover the basic mathematics required for working in the nanoscale, and the  environmental, health and safety concerns of nanotechnology. The classification of materials by their physical, chemical, electrical, optical, and mechanical properties will be discussed, as well as the lab instruments used to characterize them such as optical, electron beam and scanning probe microscopes, spectrophotometers, and profilometers. Basic nanotechnology processes and fabrication will be covered, in addition to current nanotechnology applications in such diverse fields as electronics, medicine, textiles, energy, biotechnology, and consumer products.

Course Outcomes
At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • recognize that the rules of nanoscience and properties of nanomaterials are fundamentally different than those we experience in everyday life;
  • demonstrate an informed perspective on nanotechnology that balances legitimate health safety concerns with possible benefits;
  • describe the concepts of top down and bottom up fabrication for nanotechnology applications;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the various material properties that can be manipulated on the nanoscale;
  • describe the utilization and application of various characterization instruments; and
  • critically evaluate new and emerging applications of nanoscale science and technology in the fields of engineering, science, medicine, and consumer products.

Prerequisites: Math Placement of MT 112 or higher
F/S (N)