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Minor in Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a new and exciting area. Students at Lehigh have the opportunity to learn about this important field through the Minor in Nanotechnology which may be taken with the major in Materials Science and Engineering (and with other programs).

Nanotechnology is a field of growing scientific interest and technological importance. In particular, nanostructured materials have new properties unavailable in conventional materials. The synthesis, processing, and characterization of these materials require familiarity with concepts beyond those needed for typical engineering materials.

Detailed Requirements

To obtain a Minor in Nanotechnology a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of study as follows:

There is a required foundation course:
MAT 355. Materials for Nanotechnology (3)

One of the following four courses on crystallography and band theory must be taken:
MAT 302 Electronic Properties of Materials (3)
PHY 363 Physics of Solids (3)
ECE 308 Physics and Models of Electronic Devices (3)
CHM 341 Chemical Physics and Bonding (4)

The remaining credits are to be selected from the list below. New courses will be added to this list as they are created. There will be additional courses made available by remote learning from the MatPAC universities. MatPAC is the Materials Pennsylvania Consortium.
STS 198 Nanotechnology and Society (4)
CHE 391 Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3)
MAT 334 Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (4)
MAT 359 Thin Films (3)
MAT 345 Powder Metallurgy (3)
MAT 356 Strategies for Nanocharacterization (3)
PHY 369 Quantum Mechanics I (3)
PHY 372 Nano-systems in 1-D (Slava Rotkin)
ECE 126 Fundamentals for semiconductor Devices (3)
ECE 325/425 Semiconductor Lasers I (3)
ECE 337 Introduction to Micro and Nanofabrication (3)
ECE 450 Nanoelectornics (Marvin White)
ECE 338 Quantum Electronics (3)
ECE 351 Microelectronics Technology (3)

Additional requirement:
Since the aim of this minor is to provide an interdisciplinary program in nanotechnology, students must take at least two courses outside their home department. Courses of individual study (including laboratory projects) on relevant topics, in any appropriate department, will also be accepted as electives for the minor, with the approval of the advisor.