NME Option Courses

Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles

NME 220: This mandatory course is shared by all departmental NME programs. It 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.

Specific Course Objectives:

  • introduce theories and concepts of nanoscale systems based on fundamental principles,
  • give students an appreciation for the importance of nanotechnology in science and engineering, and
  • provide a basis for continuing education in molecular and nanoscale science and engineering.

Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering 1

NME 221: This mandatory seminar, which is part of a three quarter seminar series, offers students an introduction to nanoscale science and molecular engineering, familiarizes them with research and educational opportunities in nanotechnology on campus, and provides an initial intellectual forum where they can share their interests in nanoscience and molecular engineering. Students are required to visit a research laboratory and compose a report on the research (or an aspect of it) conducted in the visited lab.

Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering 2

NME 321: This mandatory seminar, which is part of a three quarter seminar series, demonstrates how to tackle research challenges, put results into the framework of the open literature, and present and interpret data. The course also discusses contemporary societal and ethical aspects in nanoscience and molecular engineering.

Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering 3

NME 421: In the course of this mandatory seminar, which is part of a three quarter seminar series, students present orally an aspect of their research experience, emphasizing research objectives and motivation, and address the research hypothesis and how it was tested. Findings shall be discussed within the framework of the open literature. Furthermore, NME 421 students are required in teams to compose essays on contemporary societal and ethical issues, with in class presentations and discussions.