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The Courses listed here are essentially all Elective Courses, and are typically (but not always) 3 credit hours in duration. The Core Courses are listed under the Degree Program tab at Program Of Study. Several Special Topics (NAN 598, and/or Cross-listed) Courses are offered each Fall and Spring semester that may be of interest, but each course may not be offered every year. Note that a few courses (notably alternate core course NAN 506, and core course NAN 593) are offered in the first Summer session, and these are lumped with Spring courses. It is best to first view your chosen Program Option, and then consult the official ASU catalog of courses to find out which courses are being offered in relevant semester/year, in addition to consultation with your Advisor and other Students or Alumni. Note that in fall 2016, there is one course which is given as a Session A course*, and one as a Session B^, i.e they occur in the first half*/ second half^ of the semester only.

Fall Courses

NAN/PHY 511/MSE 526: Materials Physics I (3 credits, fall)

Fundamentals of materials physics: structural properties, energy bands, electronic and optical properties. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/MSE/PHY 552: Electron Microscopy I (3 credits, fall)

Electron diffraction, microscopy and analysis, for the examination of (crystalline) materials. This course can be taken by students who have also have a background in Materials Science, or who are co-registered for Materials Physics I; it is not recommended for other students.   The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

PHY/MSE 553: Electron Microscopy Lab (3 credits, fall)

Lab support for PHY/MSE 552. The latest University information is on the University Class Search (PHY 553 or MSE 553) pages.

NAN/PHY 542: Topics in Biophysics (3 credits, fall)

Overview of modern biology, length scales: emphasizes molecular and cellular biology. Nonequilibrium systems: compare and contrast stochastic processes in biological and physical systems. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

MSE 518: Microelectronic Packaging (3 credits, fall)

This course addresses electrical, thermal, materials, chemical, manufacturing, and reliability problems in packaging. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages, but this course has not been given recently. This class may also be offered in an Online version.

MSE 550 Advanced Materials Characterization (3 credits, fall)

Analytical instrumentation for characterization of materials, a survey of advanced techniques used in research and industry. This class is offered in an Online version, but may also be given in person.

^NAN/MSE 598: ST: Electrochemical energy storage and conversion (3 credits, fall session B)

Electrochemical and solid-state electrochemical concepts relevant to real-world devices, including batteries, photoelectrochemical cells, electrocatalysts, electrochemical capacitors, sensors and fuel cells. The latest information is on the University Class web pages.

CHM 520: Chemical Biology (3 credits, fall)

Application of chemical tools toward the study of biological problems: topics range from traditional molecular biology and biochemistry to state-of-the-art techniques in genomics and proteomics. Particular emphasis will be placed on modern concepts in enzymology. The latest information is on the University Class Search pages

CHM 541/MSE 524: Advanced Thermodynamics (3 credits, fall)

Equilibrium and statistical thermodynamics. Chemical reactions, phase equilibria, and stability in muli-component systems. The latest information is on the University Class Search pages

CHM 543: Computational Chemistry (3 credits, fall)

Provides basic concepts and practical experience in computational chemistry. Covers electronic structure methods and computer simulation techniques. . Recommended only for students with Physics and/or Chemistry background who have already studied Quantum Physics or Quantum Chemistry. The latest information is on the University Class Search pages

NAN/CHM 564: Bio-nanotechnology (3 credits, fall)

Bio-molecules, bioelectronics, biomedicine. The use of biomolecules, bioelectronics and biomedicine for applications in Nanotechnology? The latest information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN 571: Quantum Physics for Nanoscience (3 credits, fall)

Reviews modern physics, chemistry and mathematics. Methods and examples from physics, chemistry, nanoscience and nanotechnology. This is a Core Course for students with a Physics, Chemistry, Materials or Electrical Engineering background, and is not recommended for students with a Bio-medical background:see Program Options The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

*NAN/CHM 598 ST: Microfluidics (3 credits, fall session A)

Bio-analytical Microfluidics. Techniques and progress towards lab-on-a chip systems for (bio-)analytical applications. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/CHM 598: Nucleic Acids (3 credits, fall)

Nucleic Acids: DNA, RNA and current topics from the perspective of biological chemistry. This course is given in alternate years; it is a high level course and requires prior understanding of Biochemical principles. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/CHM 598: Peptides and Proteins (3 credits, fall)

Peptides, proteins and current topics from the perspective of biological chemistry. This course is given in alternate years; it is a high level course and requires prior understanding of Biochemical principles. The latest University information is at University Class Search pages.

CHM 598 ST: Supramolecular Chemistry and Self-assembly (3 credits, fall)

This is a new course, first given in fall 2015. The syllabus for this course is available on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/EEE 598: Personal Sensors for Mobile Health Applications (3 credits, fall)

This course has been offered occasionally, most recently in fall 2015. The latest University Information is on the University Class Search pages.

BME/CHE 598: Nano-biotechnolgy (3 credits, fall)

This course is expressly reserved for graduatstudents of Biomedical or Chemical Engineering, and so requires instructor approval

Spring & Summer Courses

NAN 505: Nanoscience and Society (2 credits, spring)

Integrates nanoscience, nanotechnology and societal issues, taught by faculty and research staff from the Center for Nanotechnology in Society. This is an Alternate Core course: students must do one of NAN 505 or 506 but can do both. The latest University information is on the University Course Catalog pages.

NAN 506: Innovation and IP Management (2 credits, first summer session)

Intellectual property management in the context of innovation and technology transfer, taught by faculty and external practitioners specializing in intellectual property issues. This is an Alternate Core course: students must do one of NAN 505 or 506 but can do both. The latest University information is on the University Course Catalog pages.

NAN/PHY 512/MSE 527: Materials Physics II (3 credits, spring)

Fundamentals of materials physics: structural properties, energy bands, electronic and optical properties. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/PHY/CHM 544: Introduction to Nanoscience (3 credits, spring)

This course gives a broad introduction to Nanoscience, but also studies particular topics and examines their scientific basis in some detail. It is aimed at a wide range of graduate students, not just those studying for the PSM in Nanoscience. Note this is a Core Course for students who do not take NAN 571 as their Core Course. The latest University information is on the University Course Catalog pages.

NAN/PHY/MSE 546: Surfaces and Thin Films (3 credits, spring)

Surface and thin film processes. Surface structure and electronic properties, surface sensitive and ultra-high vacuum techniques. Thin film nucleation, growth and applications. The latest University information is on the University Course Catalog pages.

NAN/MSE 560: Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage (3 credits, spring)

Nanomaterials for energy production and storage. The purpose of this course is to establish a connection between nanomaterials, energy production/storage and the environment. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/MSE 598: Carbon Nanomaterials (3 credits, spring)

Properties of carbon nanomaterials (e.g. fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene, diamond). This course is not currently scheduled, but the latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/EEE 598 ST: Adv. Biosensor Concepts (3 credits, spring)

Advanced Biosensor Concepts and applications. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/EEE 598: Nanofabrication & Characterization (3 credits, spring)

Nanofabrication and characterization of semiconductor devices, including the Semiconductor Roadmap and implications. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

NAN/EEE 598: Molecular Electronics (3 credits, spring)

Fundamental aspects of molecular electronics, including recent examples from the research literature. The latest University information is on the University Class Search pages.

CHM 535: Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits, spring)

Principles of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry. Drug design, synthesis and mechanism of action. The latest University information is on the University Course Catalog pages.

CHM 571: Structure, Bonding & Symmetry (3 credits, spring)

Principles of structural and materials chemistry, emphasizing crystal chemistry. Symmetry of periodic strusctures (space groups), factors determining bond lengths and coordination geometries, and the role of structure in determining physical properties. The latest University information is on the University Course Catalog pages.

NAN/PHY 598 ST: Topics in Biophysics II (3 credits, spring)

Structure, function and dynamics of biomolecular systems. (more detail needed) The latest University information is on the University Course Catalog pages.

BCH 598: Biochemistry of Cancer (3 credits, spring)

Biochemistry of Cancer: an original literature-based course, investigating key biochemical pathways and cancer hallmarks. Students study and present both seminal findings as well as recent exciting discoveries.