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.

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.


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