MSNT 1010 — Introduction to nanotechnology (1 cr) [Lab, FALL only]
An introductory course that will provide the opportunity for new engineering students to explore the UW-Platteville Microsystem and Nanotechnology Engineering program through several hands-on modules, representing the wide range of topics in this field. Emphasis will be placed on written and oral communication skills, data collection and analysis, computer application skills, and group work. This is a semester course which meets two hours per week.
MSNT 3xxx — Properties of Materials (3 cr) [Lecture, Lab; SPRING only]
Properties of Materials was first offered in Spring 2014 as ENGRPHYS 4980. It will be submitted for approval with an MSNT catalog number in Fall 2014. Starting from the structure of crystals and the wavefunction of an electron, we explore the mechanical, thermal, optical, magnetic and electronic properties of materials, their applications, and the techniques used to characterize them. Through lectures and lab sessions, we will cover a range of properties that govern the behavior of technologically important materials, from the bulk down to the nanoscale.
Co-requisites: PHYSICS 3140 or CHEMSTRY 4230 and 4210.
MSNT 3940 — Principles and Applications of Nanotechnology (4 cr) [Lecture, Lab; SPRING only]
This course is an introduction to nanometer scale aspects of chemistry, physics, and biology, and how these aspects can be combined to provide solutions to engineering problems. Recent applications will be presented as case studies, including sensors, biology and medicine, electronics, and new materials. An extensive series of hands-on laboratory activities is a central part of the course. Students will fabricate and characterize nanoscale structures using a variety of techniques from biology, chemistry, and materials science. Principles of operation of several measurement techniques that underpin this field will be presented, as will social, legal, and ethical aspects of nanotechnology. This course is required for the Minor and Major in Microsystems and Nanotechnology.
MSNT 4xxx — Surfaces, Thin Films, and Heterostructures (3 cr) [FALL only]
This course is under development. It will first be offered in Fall 2014 as ENGRPHYS 4980 (Special Topics in Engineering Physics), and will subsequently be submitted for approval under an MSNT catalog number in Spring 2015.
Prerequisite: MSNT 3xxx, Properties of Materials
MSNT 4230 — Design and Simulation of MEMS (3 cr) [Lecture, FALL only]
This course is an introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. It covers basic microfabrication technologies, the governing physics for MEMS devices in different energy domains (mechanical, electrical, optical, thermal, and fluidic), and the analysis of micromachined miniature sensors and actuators. Fabrication and design of MEMS devices will be illustrated using examples of existing research prototypes and commercial products. Students will also learn how to design, lay out, and fabricate MEMS using CAD based design and visualization software.
Prerequisites: GE 2340, Mechanics of Materials and Math 2840, Calculus III.
MSNT 4000 — Research in Microsystems and Nanotechnology (1-3 cr)
Students will learn research methods applied to microsystems and nanotechnology, including the use of scientific literature and the evaluation of data. Research projects may be interdisciplinary, involving aspects of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering, and they may involve experiments and/or modeling and simulation. Results will be presented in a final report. This course is required for the Minor in Microsystems and Nanotechnology.
MSNT 4910 — Capstone Research (1 cr)
This course provides students a unique, “capstone” opportunity to conduct research in collaboration with their peers and integrate knowledge from the different areas of microsystems and nanomaterials. With assistance from a faculty coordinator, students from all areas of MSNT will work together to complete their individual independent research projects. Students will produce a manuscript-quality report and make a formal presentation on their research.
Prerequisites: MSNT 4000 or CHEMSTRY 4000 or BIOLOGY 4920; C- or better in two MSNT 3000/4000-level courses; permission of instructor.