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Kannan Krishnan
MSE 481
Seattle Campus

Science and Technology of Nanostructures

Comprehensive introduction to the developing field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Includes materials properties as a function of length-scale and dimensionality, applications in medicine/biology, electronics, magnetism, and electro-mechanical systems. Cooperative learning approaches involving student participation with team assignments, class activities, lectures, and laboratory visits. Offered: W.

Class description

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly developing field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from different perspectives including bioengineering, information storage, electronics and fabrication (NEMS). It will emphasize cooperative learning approaches involving student participation with team assignments and will be supplemented by select lectures and laboratory visits.

Student learning goals

From these diverse perspectives, the students will learn to articulate answers for the following five important questions: 1. What is nanoscience and nanotechnology ? 2. When does something become NS&NT or what are the characteristic length scales determining the behavior of physical and biological systems; or How does NS&NT differ from miniaturization ? 3. How do we make such small things? 4. How do we interrogate/characterize such small things? and lastly, 5. What are some of the novel properties and emerging applications/developments of NS& NT ?

General method of instruction

The class (restricted to 25 students) will be divided into five groups based on sub-disciplines. Discussions will be carried out within the groups, but all reports and presentations will be submitted individually. The goals of the writing assignments are to synthesize related readings and present a precise and coherent narrative answering the thematic question of each module.

Recommended preparation

Upper division or graduate standing in the sciences/engineering

Class assignments and grading

There will be no exams and grades will be assigned based on 5 reports (each 5 pages maximum) and one individual presentation (10 minutes).

There will be no exams and grades will be assigned based on 5 reports (each 5 pages maximum) and one individual presentation (10 minutes).


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.
Last Update by Kannan Krishnan
Date: 11/18/2012