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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).
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Atomic Picture of Plastic Deformation in Metals via Online Molecular Dynamics Simulations
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01 Jun 2011 | Courses | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan
The main goal of this learning module is to introduce students to the atomic-level processes responsible for plastic deformation in crystalline metals and help them develop a more intuitive …
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 …
Curriculum on Nanotechnology
27 Jan 2005 | Courses
To exploit the opportunities that nanoscience is giving us, engineers will need to learn how to think about materials, devices, circuits, and systems in new ways. The NCN seeks to bring the new …
ECET 499N: Introduction to Nanotechnology
30 Mar 2009 | Courses | Contributor(s): Helen McNally
An introduction to the emerging area of nanotechnology will be studied. The primary focus will be on the technologies of nanotechnology, with specific emphasis on electronics and electrical …
Illinois MATSE 280: Introduction to Engineering Materials
18 Aug 2008 | Courses | Contributor(s): Duane Douglas Johnson
This course introduces you to the materials science and engineering of metals, ceramics, polymers, and electronic materials. Topics include: bonding, crystallography, imperfections, phase …
Illinois MatSE485/Phys466/CSE485 - Atomic-Scale Simulation
27 Jan 2009 | Courses | Contributor(s): David M. Ceperley
THE OBJECTIVE is to learn and apply fundamental techniques used in (primarily classical) simulations in order to help understand and predict properties of microscopic systems in materials science, …
Lectures on Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Materials
09 Jan 2008 | Courses | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan
Molecular dynamics simulations are playing an increasingly important role in many areas of science and engineering, from biology and pharmacy to nanoelectronics and structural materials. Recent …
ME 597/PHYS 570: Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy (Fall 2009)
03 Sep 2009 | Courses | Contributor(s): Ron Reifenberger, Arvind Raman
A course for students interested in learning the fundamentals underlying Atomic Force Microscopy.
ME 597/PHYS 570: Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy (Fall 2010)
01 Sep 2010 | Courses | Contributor(s): Ron Reifenberger, Arvind Raman
Fall 2010 A course for students interested in learning the fundamentals underlying Atomic Force Microscopy.
MSE 376 Nanomaterials
24 Oct 2006 | Courses | Contributor(s): Mark Hersam
"Nanomaterials," is an interdisciplinary introduction to processing, structure, and properties of materials at the nanometer length scale. The course will cover recent breakthroughs and assess …
MSE 405 Physics of Solids
29 Nov 2010 | Courses | Contributor(s): Mark Hersam
Introduction to quantum mechanics and solid state physics. Specific topics include free electron behavior, potential energy wells and barriers, energy band theory, phonons, and electrical properties …
MSE 582 Transmission Electron Microscopy Skills
28 Jan 2008 | Courses | Contributor(s): Eric Stach
Practical introduction to the operation of transmission electron microscopes. Microscope design and function; imaging and diffraction modes and image content; instrument operation. Required of all …
MSE 597G An Introduction to Molecular Dynamics
13 Nov 2008 | Courses | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan
The goal of this short course is to provide an introduction to the theory and algorithms behind MD simulations, describe some of the most exciting recent developments in the field and exemplify with …
Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor (Spring 2004)
23 May 2006 | Courses | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta
The development of "nanotechnology" has made it possible to engineer materials and devices on a length scale as small as several nanometers (atomic distances are ~ 0.1 nm). The properties of such …
Short Course on Molecular Dynamics Simulation
11 Oct 2009 | Courses | Contributor(s): Ashlie Martini
This set of ten presentations accompanied a graduate level course on Molecular Dynamics simulation. The specific objective of the course (and the presentations) is to provide: 1. Awareness of the …
Tutorial 3: Materials Simulation by First-Principles Density Functional Theory
14 Sep 2010 | Courses | Contributor(s): Umesh V. Waghmare
This two-part lecture will provide an introduction to first-principles density functional theory based methods for simulation of materials, with a focus on determination of interatomic force …
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