This course explores the basic principles associated with nanoscience and nanotechnology including: the fabrication & synthesis, size dependent properties, characterization, and applications of materials at nanometer length scales with an emphasis on recent technological breakthroughs in the field.
- Synthesis and Fabrication: Top down vs. bottom up techniques, nucleation theory, surface energy and stabilization
- Characterization: Composition, structure, porosity, crystallinity, single nanoparticle vs. ensemble measurements
- Examples: General (zero – two dimensional and assembled nanostructures), specific (metals, metal oxides, semiconductors, carbon, biological)
- Size Dependent Properties: Electrical, optical, catalytic, magnetic, thermodynamic, why purification is needed
- Applications: Electrical, optical, catalytic, magnetic, thermodynamic, purification, sensing, biology, medicine, solar cells, etc. (Your presentation topics!)
- Implications: Environment, health, policy, society, and education
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