Course Discriptions for Nano 701 and 702


Students must complete any two of the 0.25 unit weight modules (or topics) T1 to T7 listed below. Each module will typically consist of 18 lecture hours per term.

(a) NANO 701-T1 Nanoscale Surfaces/Interfaces (0.25) LEC

Introduction to the structure and properties of clean and adsorbate-covered surfaces, including metal, semiconductors, oxides and other complex systems. Survey of the physics and chemistry of adsorption, desorption, diffusion, and reorganization phenomena, as well as nanoscale interfacial processes, including capillary phenomena and molecular recognition and self-assembly.

(b) NANO 701-T2 Solid State Physics and Chemistry (0.25) LEC

The purpose of this course is to refresh and deepen concepts pertinent to solid state physics and chemistry, which include chemical bonding in solids, crystal structure, thermal properties of solids, electronic properties of metals (Drude model and free electron model), semiconductors, magnetism, dielectrics, and superconductivity. The course will finish with an introduction to quantum-confined structures and contrast them to the corresponding bulk materials.

(c) NANO 701-T3 Self-assembly Phenomena (0.25) LEC

Introduction to self-assembly, self-assembly in bulk and interfaces, basic concepts and examples. Other self-assembly systems include surfactant system, block co-polymer melt and solutions, DNA’s, proteins and lipids and biomimetic systems. Application of selfassembly systems.

(d) NANO 701-T4 Nanoscale Phenomena (0.25) LEC

general survey of physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical and other properties specific to nanoscale objects (generally 1-100 nm); processes and mechanisms contributing to these nanoscale specific properties; examples of recent discoveries; examples of recent applications resulting from these nanoscale phenomena.

(e) NANO 701-T5 Nanomechanics (0.25) LEC

This module will give an introduction of the important intermolecular forces and dynamics that are relevant for nanoscale structures and features. The different electronic configurations in materials will be related to the different types of bonding forces between atoms and molecules. Pair potentials will be used to calculate fundamental thermodynamic quantities such as total potential energy, bulk modulus, and specific heat capacity. Lattice Dynamics will be covered along with the concepts of normal modes and phonons. The fundamentals of Molecular Dynamics will be introduced along with the methods used to extract physical properties from Molecular Dynamics simulations. The final topics will be the Quasi-Continuum method, nanoindentation, and dislocation theory of yielding. This course is designed to prepare students for NANO 702-T8: Computational Nanomechanics, which is more practical in nature and includes a significant project.

Held with: ME 738-T8 Introductory and Advanced Nanomechanics

(f) NANO 701-T6 Molecular Biophysics (0.25) LEC

Physics perspective on biological phenomena at the molecular scale. Cell structure and molecular composition; intermolecular interactions and hydration; protein structure and function; cytoskeletal filaments; DNA structure and chromosomes; molecular dance, diffusion and biological dynamics (e.g., diffusion to capture); selected topics in nanobiotechnologies.

(g) NANO 701-T7 Physical Foundations of Nanodevices (0.25) LEC

Semiconductor heterostructures in reduced dimension: Quantum wells, wires, and films, fabrication of semiconductor and metallic nanostructures. Conduction at the nanoscale: The quantum point and break junctions, scattering formalism of transport, Coulomb blockade, resonant tunneling, quantum dots. Modern nanodevices: Carbon-based electronics, molecular electronics, magnetoelectronics.


NE 471; ECE 493-T2 (Nanoelectronics); ECE 730-T13 (Nanoelectronics); ECE730-T20(Physics of Nanodevices) Held with: PHY 461