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Nanotechnology bears the promise of engineering at an atomic
scale--of assembling atoms in arrangements that are completely
unnatural, thereby creating materials with properties that have
never been seen before. This may sound like science fiction,
but it has been going on for more than 30 years, since the
invention of Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). MBE provides a way
of growing a block of material one sheet of atoms at a time.
By mixing different types of atoms in various combinations,
it is possible to "tune" the properties of the resulting material.
For example, the laser diode in your CD player is probably made
from silicon. It shines a particular wavelength of light
based on the energy gap between the conduction and valence
bands in silicon. That same laser diode could be "tuned" to
emit a different wavelength by building it with a new material
engineered to have a different band gap.
MBE is just one technique for building materials on an atomic
scale. Many other techniques are also under investigation,
including dragging atoms via a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM)
tip, and Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAM).
Learn more about material science from the resources available
on this site, listed below.
More information on Material science can be found here.
[Illinois] AVS Meeting 2012: American Vacuum Society Prairie Chapter Symposium
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04 Jun 2013 | Workshops | Contributor(s): NanoBio Node
The focus for the 2012 AVS Prairie Chapter meeting is Materials for Energy.
17 Apr 2013 | Notes | Contributor(s): shaheen goel
the presentation gives a basic idea about the buckypaper and give breif details about the synthesis properties and applications of buckypaper
Atomic Force Microscope Investigations of Lubrication Layers
26 Nov 2012 | Notes | Contributor(s): Brian Demczyk
This presentation discusses the characterization of hard disk lubrication layers by phase contrast atomic force microscopy.
Sep 06 2012
Illinois 2012: American Vacuum Society Prairie Chapter Conference
AVS supports networking among academic, industrial, government, and consulting professionals involved in a variety of disciplines - chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, all engineering …
Illinois CNST Annual Nanotechnology Workshop 2011: Nanoengineering of High Power and Energy Density Rechargeable Batteries
13 Jun 2012 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Paul V. Braun
Paul V. Braun is the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and an affiliate of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, the Beckman Institute forAdvanced Science and …
Illinois CNST Annual Nanotechnology Workshop 2011: A Perspective on Challenges in Nanoscale Manufacturing
13 Jun 2012 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Placid M. Ferreira
Dr. Placid Ferreira received his B.S. from the University of Bombay (1980) and M.S. from the Indian Institute of Tech, Bombay (1982). He later earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Industrial …
Magnesium Phyllo (Organo) Silicate: A Clay to Play with in Materials Science
24 Apr 2012 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): M. Eswaramoorthy
The synthesis and applications of amino functionalized clay will be discussed in this talk. The tailor made clay containing amino pendants is easily dispersible in water. This property has been …
Malvern Instruments Workshop: Nano-particle Characterization Symposium
11 Apr 2012 | Workshops | Contributor(s): James Leary
The key focus of the symposium is to demonstrate how different analytical techniques provide the information needed to advance nanotechnology.
Jason Arthur Merz
Carbon NanoTubes: Structure - Properties - Applications
19 Mar 2012 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Yuri A Kruglyak
Presentation slides for seminar given for students of Faculty of Computer Sciences of Odessa State Environmental University, Ukraine by Prof. Yuri Kruglyak on May 22, 2008.
Computational Investigation of Point Defect Formation and Migration in Nuclear Fuels
08 Mar 2012 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Susan Sinnott
The stabilities of selected fission products are investigated as a function of stoichiometry in uranium oxide. The approach is density functional theory (DFT) that is used to calculate the …
Density Functional Theory: A great physics success story
01 Mar 2012 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kieron Burke
Density functional theory began with the work of Thomas and Fermi, at about the same time as Schroedinger wrote his famous equation. I will explain in general terms what density functional theory …
Theoretical studies of rolled-up and wrinkled nanomembranes
20 Feb 2012 | Publications | Contributor(s): Peter Cendula
PhD thesis along with additional movie files.
Changes of Structural and Hydrogen Desorption Properties of MgH2 Indused by Ion Irradiation
17 Jan 2012 | Notes | Contributor(s): Sandra Kurko
Changes in structural and hydrogen desorption properties of MgH2 iduced by ion irradiation have been investigated. MgH2 powder samples have been irradiated with 45 keV B3+ and 120 keV Ar8+ions, with …
BME 695L Special Lecture 4: Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for Nanomedical Systems (cells and nanoparticles)
02 Dec 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Helen McNally
Guest lecturer: Helen McNally
Atomistic Material Science
03 Nov 2011 | Courses | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan
This course introduces first principles electronic structure calculations of materials properties and the concept of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of materials focusing on the physics and …
Tutorial 1: Atomistic Material Science - ab initio simulations of materials
03 Nov 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan
This lecture introduces first principles electronic structure calculations of materials properties. It describes the approximations made to the many-body Schrodinger equation in Hartree Fock and …
Tutorial 2: Atomistic Material Science - Molecular Dynamics simulations of materials
This lecture introduces the concept of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of materials focusing on the physics and approximations underlying the simulations and interpretation of their results.
BME 695L Special Lecture 2: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) in Biologically-Relevant Applications
01 Nov 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dmitry Zemlyanov
Guest lecturer: Dmitry Zemlyanov
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