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Course Abstract

The main purpose of this class is to make students easily getting accustomed to recent techniques for patterning and manipulating materials in nanometer length scale.
The group project will be a major component of this course. The purpose of group project is to explore exciting areas of nanotechnology and to practice generating new research ideas on their own. In the beginning of the course, each student will survey the fifteen areas of nanotechnology fields distributed is the syllabus, and select most interesting topics. Then the instructor will match students into 3~5 groups with common interests. Once the groups are formed, they will work together to create their own research proposal. The proposal will either be written or presented to the class, depending on student interests and the number of students who take the class. The instructor is willing to meet with the teams at anytime during the semester to help them find the background literature which is needed for their project and develop their research ideas.
Also some class time will be used for this purpose.

Course Schedule

1 Week Introduction of the course
2 Week Intermolecular interactions and chemical bonds for nanomaterials
3-4 Week Organic monolayers:
- Self-assembled monolayers
- Langmuir-Blodgett films
- Self-directed growth of nanowires and atomic layer deposition

5-6 Week Organic semiconductors and conductors:
- Band structure of conjugated polymers, doping organic semiconductors
- Field effect transistors and light emitting diodes
- Energy and charge transfer, biosensors
- Artificial photosynthesis and photovoltaic cells
7-8 Week The scanning probes:
- Tunneling current, force, and exchange interaction (mangnetic) probes
- Modeling tunneling currents for scanning tunneling microscopes
- Probing, manipulation, and fabrication principles of nanoscale structures
9-10 Week Lithography and Nanopatterning:
- Externally directed nanopatterning
- Nanoimprint lithography and scanning probe lithography
- Atomic manipulation
- Etching mechanism / photo-resists
- X-ray exposure systems
11 Week Nanoelectronics
11-12 Week Molecular electronics:
- Charge transfer measurements .
- Molecular electronic devices
13-15 Week Photonic crystals:
- Basic laws to reflection and refraction
- Maxwell equations
- Bloch theorem
- Coupled cavity waveguides
- Optical logical gates: amplication, rectification, switching
- Synthesis of 2D and 3D photonic crystals
- Self-assembly of organic-inorganic mesostructures(TBA)
16 Week Student presentation (group project)