Graduate NANO Courses

For course descriptions not found in the 2011-2012 General Catalog, please contact the department for more information.


All students enrolled in NANO courses or admitted to the NANO major are expected to meet prerequisite and performance standards, i.e., students may not enroll in any NANO courses or courses in another department, which are required for the major, prior to having satisfied prerequisite courses with a C– or better. (The program does not consider D or F grades as adequate preparation for subsequent material). Additional details are given under the program outline, course descriptions, and admission procedures for the Jacobs School of Engineering in this catalog.


NANO 200: Graduate Seminar in NanoEngineering (1). Each graduate student in the department of NanoEngineering is expected to attend at least three seminars per quarter, of his or her choice, dealing with current topics in NanoEngineering. Topics will vary.Prerequisites: None.

NANO 201: Foundations of Nanoengineering I: Introduction to NanoEngineering (4). (Cross- listed with CENG 211) Understanding nanotechnology, broad implications,miniaturization: scaling laws; nanoscale physics; types and properties of nanomaterials; nanomechanical oscillators, nano(bio)electronics, nanoscale heat transfer; fluids at nanoscale; machinery cell; applications of nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.  (If you are a NE undergraduate student, you must take NANO 101 since this is a core course in your curriculum. NANO 101 cannot be replaced with NANO 201/ CENG 211).

NANO 202: Intermolecular and Surface Forces (4). Development of quantitative understanding of the different intermolecular forces between atoms and molecules and how these forces give rise to interesting phenomena at the nanoscale, such as flocculation, wetting, self-assembly in biological (natural) and synthetic systems. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 203: Nanoscale Synthesis & Characterization (4). Examination of nanoscale synthesis – top-down and bottom-up; physical deposition; chemical vapor deposition; plasma processes; sol-gel processing; soft-lithography; self-assembly & layer by-layer; molecular synthesis. Nanoscale characterization; microscopy (optical and electron: SEM, TEM); scanning probe microscopes (SEM, AFM); profilometry; reflectometry & ellipsometry; x-ray diffraction; spectroscopies (EDX, SIMS, Mass spec, Raman, XPS); particle size analysis; electrical, optical, magnetic, mechanical, thermal. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 204: Foundations of Nanoengineering II: Nanoscale Physics & Modeling (4). (Cross- listed with CENG 214) Expanded mathematical analysis of topics introduced in NANO-202. Introduction of both analytical and numerical methods through application to problems in nanoengineering. Nanoscale systems of interest include colloidal systems, block-copolymer based self-assembled materials, molecular motors made out of DNA, RNA, or proteins etc. Nanoscale phenomena including self-assembly at the nanoscale, phase separation within confined spaces, diffusion through nanopores and nanoslits etc. Modeling techniques include quantum mechanics, diffusion and kinetics theories, molecular dynamics etc. Prerequisites: NANO 202 or Consent of the Instructor.

NANO 205: Nanosystems Integration (4). (Cross-listed with CENG 215) Discussion of scaling issues and how to carry out the effective hierarchical assembly of diverse molecular and nanoscale components into higher order structures, which retain the desired electronic/photonic, structural, mechanical or catalytic properties at the microscale and macroscale levels. Novel ways to combine the best aspects of both top-down and bottom-up processes to create a totally unique paradigm change for the integration of heterogeneous molecules and nanocomponents into higher order structures. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 208: Nanofabrication (4). (Cross-listed with CENG 208) Basic engineering principles of nanofabrication. Topics include: photo-, electron beam and nanoimprint lithography, block of copolymers and self-assembled monolayers, colloidal assembly, biological nanofabrication. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 210: Molecular Modeling & Simulations of Nanoscale Systems (4). Students will learn molecular modeling and simulation techniques like molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, and Brownian dynamics to model nanoscale systems and phenomena like molecular motors, self-assembly, protein-ligand binding, RNA folding. Students will get valuable hands on experience with different simulators.Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 212: Computational Modeling of Nanosystems (4). Students will learn various modeling techniques like finite elements, finite differences, and simulation techniques like molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo to correctly model fluid flow at the nanoscale, mechanical properties at the nanoscale, self-assembly of nanoscale objects, and protein, RNA, and DNA folding. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 227: Structure and Analysis of Solids (4). (Cross-listed with MATS 227/MAE 251/CHEM 222) Key concepts in the atomic structure and bonding of solids such as metals, ceramics, and semiconductors. Symmetry operations, point groups, lattice types, space groups, simple and complex inorganic compounds, structure/property comparisons, structure determination with X-ray diffraction. Ionic, covalent, metallic bonding compared with physical properties. Atomic and molecular orbitals, bands verses bonds, free electron theory.Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 230: Synchotron Characterization of Nano-Materials (4). (Cross-listed with CENG 230) Advanced topics in characterizing nano-materials using synchrotron x-ray sources. Introduction to synchrotron sources, x-ray interaction with matter, spectroscopic determination of electronic properties of nano-magnetic, structural determination using scattering techniques and x-ray imaging techniques. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 234: Advanced Nanoscale Fabrication (4). Students will learn basics of Nanofabrication engineering. Topics to be covered include basic engineering principles of lithography and self- such as block copolymers, colloids and nanocrystals, organic-inorganic nanostructures and biomolecular assembly. Relevance to applications in energy, electronics and medicine will be discussed. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 238: Scanning Probe Microscopy (4). This course discusses Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) detectors, imaging, image interpretation, and artifacts, along with an introduction to lenses, electron beam-specimen interactions. Operating principles and capabilities for Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy are also discussed. Scanning Optical Microscopy and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy are discussed in depth. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 239: Nanomanufacturing (4). Fundamental nanomanufacturing science and engineering, top-down nanomanufacturing processes, bottom-up nanomanufacturing processes, integrated top-down and bottom-up nanofabrication processes, 3- dimensional nanomanufacturing, nanomanufacturing systems, nanometrology, nanomanufactured devices for medicine, life sciences, energy, and defense applications. An important topic for nanoengineering; significant impact to the nanotech industry. Prerequisites: None.  (If you are a NE undergraduate student, you must take NANO 112 since this is a core course in your curriculum. NANO 112 cannot be replaced with NANO 239).

NANO 240: Polymers (4). This introductory course is formulated in such a way that upon completion of the class, the students will acquire enough fundamentals knowledge on polymer chemistry, synthesis and characterization, processing, physical and structural aspects of polymers, thermodynamics, rheology and viscoelasticity, structure-property-function relations. Equally emphasized in the class is how to apply the fundamental polymer principles towards the application of polymers in various fields such as biomedical, electrical, structural, nanosystems, etc. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 241: Organic Nanomaterials (4). This course will provide an introduction to the physics and chemistry of soft matter, followed by a literature-based critical examination of several ubiquitous classes of organic nano materials and their technological applications. Topics include self-assembled monolayers, block copolymers, liquid crystals, photoresists, organic electronic materials, micelles and vesicles, soft lithography, organic colloids, organic nano composites, and applications in biomedicine and food science.  ory, electron transport in semiconductors and nano structures, nano devices. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 242: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (4). This course is designed to give nanoengineering students from a variety of backgrounds a working knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology. While the course covers biochemistry basics and key themes in molecular biology, it will emphasize the role of engineering innovations. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 243: Nanomedicine (4). (Cross-listed with CENG 207) Introduction to nanomedicine; diffusion and drug dispersion; diffusion in biological systems; drug permeation through biological barriers; drug transport by fluid motion; pharmacokinetics of drug distribution; drug delivery systems; nanomedicine in practice: cancers, cardiovascular diseases, immune diseases, and skin diseases. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 244: Nanomachines and Nanorobots (4). The structure and operational principles of different nature biomotors will be discussed. Related bio-inspired efforts aimed at developing artificial nanomotors will also be covered, along with the prospects of using biomotors and synthetic nanomotors in engineering environments. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 245: Nanoelectronics (4). An introduction to the nano electronics and nanospintronics; fundamentals of semiconductors; electronic band structure theory, electron transport in semiconductors and nano structures, nano devices. Prerequisites: Nano 201 or Consent of Instructor.

NANO 247A: Advanced Biophotonics (4). (Cross-listed with BENG 247A/ECE 247A) Topics include: nanosensors and nanodevices for both clinical diagnostics and biowarfare (bioterror) agent detection; nanostructures for drug delivery; nanoarrays and nanodevices; use of nanoanalytical devices and systems; methods and techniques for modification or functionalization of nanoparticles and nanostructures with biological molecules; nanostructural aspects of fuel cells and biofuel cells; potential use of DNA and other biomolecules for computing and ultra-high-density data storage. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor and Graduate Standing.

NANO 247B: BioElectronics (4). (Cross-listed with BENG 247B/ECE 247B) Topics to be covered will include photolithographic techniques for high-density DNA microarray production, incorporation of CMOS control into electronic DNA microarrays, direct electronic detection technology used in microarrays and biosensor devices, bio-fuel cells and focus on problems related to making highly integrated devices (lab-on-a-chip, in vivo biosensors, etc.) form heterogeneous materials and components. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor and Graduate Standing.

NANO 247C: Bionanotechnology (4). (Cross-listed with BENG 247C/ ECE 247C) Basic physics and chemistry for the interaction of photons with matter, including both biological and synthetic materials; use of photonic radiation pressure for manipulation of objects and materials; advanced optoelectronic detection systems, devices and methods, including time resolved fluorescent and chemiluminescent methods, fluorescent energy transfer (FRET) techniques, quantum dots, and near-field optical techniques; underlying mechanisms of the light sensitive biological systems, including chloroplasts for photosynthetic energy conversion and the basis of vision processes.Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor and Graduate Standing.

NANO 250: Mechanics of Nanomaterials (4). Elements of continuum mechanics, Elements of quantum and statistical mechanics, Interatomic forces and intermolecular interactions, Thermodynamics and diffusion in nanostructured materials, Nanomechanics of self-assembly, pattern formation, and hierarchical ordering, Nanomechanics of defects, thin films, surfaces, and interfaces, Plasticity, creep, fracture, and fatigue in nanostructured materials, Nanomechanics of adhesion, indentation, friction, and wear, Nanorheology and nanotribology, Nanostructured composite materials, Nanomechanics of carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets, Nanomechanics of biological and biomimetic materials. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 251A: Magnetic Materials: Principles and Applications (4). (Cross-listed with MAE 265B/MATS 251B) The basis of magnetism: classical and quantum mechanical points of view. Different kinds of magnetic materials. Magnetic phenomena including anisotropy, magnetostriction, domains, and magnetization dynamics. Current frontiers of nano-magnetics research including thin films and particles. Optical, data storage, and biomedical engineering applications of soft and hard magnetic materials. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor. (Cross-listed with MAE 265B.)

NANO 252: Biomaterials & Biomimetics (4). (Cross-listed with CENG 256) Fundamentals of Materials Science as applied to bioengineering design. Hierarchical structures. Cells and tissues. Natural and synthetic polymeric materials. Biomineralized materials. Biological composites. Cellular materials (foams). Functional biological materials. Biomaterials and implants. Bioinspired design and materials. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 253: Nanomaterials and Properties (4). This course discusses synthesis techniques, processing, microstructural control, and unique physical properties of materials in nano-dimensions. Topics include nanowires, quantum dots, thin films, electrical transport, electron emission properties, optical behavior, mechanical behavior, and technical applications of nanomaterials. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Cross-listed with MAE 267.)

NANO 255: Electrochemistry (4). (Cross-listed with CENG 255 and CHEM 240) Fundamentals of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. Structure of the double layer, cell potential and electrochemical thermodynamics, charge transfer kinetics, electrochemical transport phenomena, and introduction to colloidal chemistry. Applications such as corrosion prevention, electroplating, reactor design, batteries and fuel cells. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 256: Microfluids (4). This course covers the design, microfabrication, operational principles, basic transport processes and diverse applications of microfluidic and nanofluidic (lab-on-a-chip) systems. Prerequisites: None.

NANO 257: Polymer Science and Engineering (4). (Cross-listed with MATS 257/BENG 242) Quantitative basic understanding of different branches of polymer science varying from polymer chemistry, characterization, thermodynamics, rheological properties, smart materials, self-assembly in biopolymers (natural) and synthetic polymers, and applications of polymers ranging from medicine to structure. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 258: Nanoscale Transport Phenomenon (4). Various nanoscale systems where macroscopic laws of mass, heat, and momentum transfer break down and advanced concepts from non-equilibrium statistical mechanics concepts such as transition state and Green-Kubo theories, and molecular simulations for modeling nanoscale transport issues will be introduced. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 259: Heterogeneous Catalysis (4). (Cross-listed with CENG 253) Physics and chemistry of catalysis over solid surfaces, clusters and nanoparticles, with emphasis on fabrication of nanostructured materials and devices. Surface structure, bonding, adsorption-desorption kinetics and equilibria, kinetic models of reactions, selection of catalysts, activation and deactivation, experimental techniques, biocatalysis. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 260: Nanofabrication Reaction Engineering (4). Chemical reaction kinetics coupled with material and energy transport processes for fabrication of nanostructured materials and devices. Chemical vapor deposition, etching, and patterning of films. Nanoparticle, nanofiber, and nanotube growth. Theory, simulation, and reactor design. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 261: Nanoscale Energy Technology (4). This course examines the role nanotechnology will play in addressing the many scientific and engineering challenges for new energy production. Topics include nanotechnology’s role in improving photovoltaics, fuel-cells, batteries, energy transmission and conversion of renewable (green) and nonrenewable sources. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 262: Nanosensors (4). This course illustrates how the ability to tailor the properties of nanomaterials can be used for designing powerful sensing and biosensing devices. Nanosensors based on metal nanoparticles, semi-conductor nanowires and nanocrystals and carbon nanotubes, will be covered. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 263: Magnetic Nano-devices (4). The basis of magnetism: classical and quantum mechanical points of view. Introduction to thin film and nano-magnetism, including interfacial magnetism, coupling and magneto-transport. Application of nanomagnetism in devices including magnetic recording, MRAM, magnetic processing and biomedical engineering. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 264: Solid-State  and Nanochemistry (4). Course covers concepts in nano and solid-state chemistry for graduate students, with the objective of understanding nanomaterials from a chemical perspective. Topics include descriptive crystal chemistry, structure determination, free electron gas in dimensional solids, tight-binding approximation, band structure.

NANO 265: Thermodynamics of Solids (4).  (Cross-listed with MATS 201A, MAE 271A and ECE 238A) The thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of solids. Basic concepts, equilibrium properties of alloy systems, thermodynamic information from phase diagrams, surfaces and interfaces, crystalline defects. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 266: Quantum Mechanical Modeling of Materials and Nanostructures (4).   Application of quantum mechanical modeling methods (both solid state and computational chemistry) in the study of materials and nanostructures; density functional theory (DFT) and approximations; Hartree-Fock and beyond HF approximations; hybrid density functional theory; beyond DFT (GW, TDDFT); ab initio molecular dynamics; materials properties (mechanical, electrochemical, electronic, transport, nano-scale effects on properties) from quantum mechanical simulations; high-throughput computation. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 279: Seminar in NanoEngineering (4). Presentations on research progress by graduate students and by visitors from industrial and academic research laboratories. (May be repeated for credit. S/U grades only). Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 296: Independent Study in NanoEngineering (4). Independent reading or research on a problem as arranged by a faculty member. Must be taken for a letter grade only. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.

NANO 299: Graduate Research in NanoEngineering (1-12) S/U grades only. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.