Introduction to Nanometer Scale Science & Technology

By Mark Hersam

Northwestern University

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This seminar will provide an introductory overview for non-experts of the emerging field of nanometer scale science and technology. The following topics will be emphasized: (1) Historical background and motivation for the study of nanometer scale phenomena; (2) Strategies for controlling the structure of matter with nanometer scale precision; (3) Size-dependent properties (e.g., electrical, optical, and magnetic) that emerge at the nanometer scale; (4) Real-world applications that utilize nanometer scale devices. If time permits, the seminar will also describe the unique challenges that educators face when teaching an interdisciplinary and constantly evolving field such as nanometer scale science and technology. Specific classroom experiences from a nanomaterials undergraduate course at Northwestern University will be shared.

For more information, please see:
M. C. Hersam, M. Luna, and G. Light, "Implementation of interdisciplinary group learning and peer assessment in a nanotechnology engineering course," Journal of Engineering Education, 93, 49 (2004).

This talk is part of the NCLT Seminar Series 2005

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