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Rene M Overney
CHEM E 220
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles

Introduction to theories and concepts of molecular and nanoscale systems to raise awareness of technological and societal transformations anticipated through progress in nanotechnology. Prerequisite: either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145; either MATH 126 or MATH 136; PHYS 121.

Class description

The course provides an introduction to nanotechnology and nanoscience based on fundamental principles. It introduces the students to macroscopic limits of material properties and molecular structures, interaction forces, molecular transport properties, thermodynamic principles, cooperative and nanoscale phenomena, and device and process technologies.

Student learning goals

theories and concepts of nanoscale and molecular systems based on fundamental principles

appreciation for the importance of nanotechnology in science and engineering

basic quantum mechanic aspects to understand electronic transport

electronic transport in solids and small scale systems

melting temperatures in small scale systems


General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

Either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145; either MATH 126, MATH 129, or MATH 136; and PHYS 121

Class assignments and grading

Two one-hour exams and a two-hour comprehensive third exam. Homework: Weekly, assigned.

Course credit is based on the performance in Homework (10 %), Midterms (50 %) and Final Exam (40%).

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Rene M Overney
Date: 12/24/2009