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Nanomaterials & Nanoscale Devices

Note that ten elective courses are listed below: the student takes five to obtain 15 credits. Several Special Topics (NAN 598) Courses are offered each Fall and Spring semester that may be of interest, but each course may not be offered every year. Please consult Course Offerings (under the Student tab) for more options.

Fall Courses

Course Description
NAN 571 Quantum Physics for Nanoscience (3 credits, fall semester) Reviews modern physics, chemistry & mathematics. Methods and examples from physics, chemistry, nanoscience & nanotechnology. Numerical programming and Graphical presentation. *See Comment below 
NAN 591 Professional & Business Seminar (4 credits total; 2 credits fall, 2 credits spring) Students discuss their elective experiences with their peers, guided by Professional Science Master faculty, visiting speakers and industrialists, including Advisory Board members. Preparation for NAN 593 Applied Project, and study of professional and business modules.
NAN/PHY 511 Materials Physics 1 (3 credits, elective, fall semester) Fundamentals of materials physics: structural properties, energy bands, electronic and optical properties. Also taught to Materials students, as the first half of a two semester sequence MSE 526/527.
NAN/PHY 542 Topics in Biophysics (3 credits, elective, fall semester) Overview of modern biology, length scales: emphasizes molecular and cellular biology. Nonequilibrium systems: compare and contrast stochastic processes in biological and physical systems.
NAN/PHY/MSE 552 Electron Microscopy 1 (3 credits, elective, fall semester) Electron diffraction, microscopy and analysis, for the examination of (crystalline) materials. This course may be taken by students who have a background in Materials Science, or who are co-registered for NAN 511.
NAN/MSE 598 Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion (3 credits, elective, fall semester) Electrochemical and solid-state electrochemical concepts relevant to real-world devices, including batteries, photoelectrochemical cells, electrocatalysts, electrochemical capacitors, sensors and fuel cells.
NAN 593 Applied Project (6 credits total; 3 credits spring, 3 credits summer or fall semester) (Not for first semester) Preparation of an Applied Project supervised by a faculty member or workplace advisor. The project will be defended to the student's 3-person committee, and to a wider group at a Capstone Conference.

Spring and Summer Courses

Course Description
NAN 505 Nanoscience and Society (2 credits, spring semester) Integrates nanoscience, nanotechnology and societal issues, taught by faculty and research staff from the Center for Nanotechnology in Society. NAN 505 and 506 are alternatives, but students can take both.
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 specializing in intellectual property issues. NAN 505 and 506 are alternatives, but students can take both.
NAN/PHY 512 Materials Physics 2 (3 credits, elective, spring semester) Fundamentals of materials physics: structural properties, energy bands, electronic and optical properties. Also taught to Materials students, as the second half of a two semester sequence MSE 526/527.
NAN 544 Introduction to Nanoscience (3 credits, spring semester) 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. *See Comment below 
NAN/PHY/MSE 546 Surfaces and Thin Films (3 credits, elective, spring semester) Surface and thin film processes. Surface structure and electronic properties, surface sensitive and ultra-high vacuum techniques. Thin film nucleation, growth and applications.
NAN/MSE 560 Nanomaterials for Energy Production & Storage (3 credits, elective, spring semester) Nanomaterials for energy production and storage. The purpose of this course is to establish a connection between nanomaterials, energy production/storage and the environment.
NAN 591 Professional & Business Seminar (4 credits total; 2 credits fall, 2 credits spring) Students discuss their elective experiences with their peers, guided by Professional Science Master faculty, visiting speakers and industrialists, including Advisory Board members. Preparation for NAN 593 Applied Project, and study of professional and business modules.
NAN/EEE 598 Nanofabrication & Characterization (3 credits, elective, spring semester) Nanofabrication and characterization of semiconductor devices, including the Semiconductor Roadmap and implications.
NAN 593 Applied Project (6 credits total; 3 credits spring, 3 credits summer or fall) Preparation of an Applied Project under the supervision of a faculty member or workplace advisor. The project will be defended to the student's 3-person committee, and to a wider audience at a Capstone Conference.

*Comment: NAN 571 is required for sudents with a Physical Science or Engineering background. Students with a Biochemistry or Life Sciences background should first improve their Physics and Mathematics background after consultation with the Program Directors. Then in spring they should take NAN 544: Introduction to Nanoscience as their Core course in place of NAN 571. 

As an interdisciplinary program, the PSM-Nanoscience program offers a variety of courses, including Special Topics (NAN 598) courses, contributed by different departments. The availability of these courses may vary by semester, but there is more information on this site at Course Offerings (under the Students tab) and full details on the University Class Search and Catalog site.