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Minor in Nanotechnology

Materials for nanotechnology applications have new properties unavailable in bulk materials. The synthesis, processing, and characterization of these materials require a facility with concepts beyond those needed for typical engineering materials. This minor requires 15 credits selected from the lists below.

Required Courses

I. Basics of Nanotechnology

Course Name Prerequisites
MAT 355 Materials for Nanotechnology (3)  

II. Crystallography and Band Theory
Choose one of the following three courses:

Course Name Prerequisites
MAT 252 Electronic Properties of Materials (3) MAT 201 and MAT 203
PHY 363 Physics of Solids (3) CHM 341 or PHY 31 or MAT 316 and PHY 340
CHM 341 Molecular Structure, Bonding & Dynamics (4) PHY 11 or 13, MATH 22 or MATH 096 or MATH 32, CHM 31 or CHM 41

Elective Courses

Elective courses 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 distance learning from the MatPAC universities. MatPAC is the Materials Pennsylvania Consortium.

Course Name Prerequisites
CHE 391 Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3) Permission of Instructor
CHE 413 Heterogeneous Catalysis & Surface Characterization  
CHM 488 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry  
MAT 205

Thermodynamics of Macro/Nanoscale Materials

MAT 316 Optical Properties of Materials MAT 33
MAT 334 Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (4)  
MAT 345 Powder Metallurgy (3) MAT 206
MAT 356

Strategies for Nanocharacterization (3)

PHY 369 Quantum Mechanics I (3) PHY 31, PHY 215, MATH 205
PHY 372

Special Topics in Physics

ECE 126 Fundamentals for Semiconductor Devices (3) ECE 81

ECE 325/425

Semiconductor Lasers I (3) ECE 203
ECE 337 Intro to Micro- and Nanofabrication (3) (MAT 33 and MATH 231)
or ECE 351
ECE 338 Quantum Electronics (3) ECE 203
ECE 351 Microelectronics Technology (3) ECE 126
ECE 450 Special Topics  

Additional Requirements

Since the aim of this minor is to provide an interdisciplinary program in nanotechnology, students must take at least one course 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.