Rene M Overney
CHEM E 554
Introductory nanoscale science with emphasis on contact mechanics, principle and concept of forces, scanning force microscopy, tribology (friction, wear, lubrication), rheology, ultrathin organic films, physical properties of polymers, and computer simulation. Offered: W.
As technology is moving towards interfaces, today's major challenge is to find common denominators to describe exotic material and transport properties on the sub-100-nanometer scale. Thereby, our multifaceted attempts converge on the new discipline called Nanoscience. This course provides an introduction to this new field.
Student learning goals
- finite size constraints and their impact on material and transport properties
- interactions forces, in particular, weak interactions that are paramount in technology involving organic materials and life sciences.
- material phases, phase stability, multiphase systems and phase and structural transitions.
- material rate behavior classically but also under nanoconstraints.
- the basics of nanothermodynamics
- surface, tension and interfacial properties of solids and liquids
General method of instruction
Classroom lecture with homework and exams
Chapter 1 in course textbook.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly assignments and class exams.
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