Nanoscience Course Offerings

Nanoscience Courses

  • CHEM 1700 - Nanoscale Materials: Synthesis and Applications
  • CSCI 2560 - Applied Theory of Computation
  • ENGN 1930B - Biophotonics
  • ENGN2910Z / BIOL2840 - Small Wonders – the Science, Technology, and Environmental Health Impacts of New Nanomaterials

Sample Course Details

CHEM 1700 - Nanoscale Materials: Synthesis and Applications
Focuses on synthesis, properties, and applications of nanoscale materials. It begins with the introduction to size-dependent properties and to general characterization methods of nanomaterials. It then outlines the synthesis, surface chemistry and self-assembly of nanomaterials. It further reviews catalytic, optical and magnetic properties of nanomateirals. Finally, the course highlights the applications of nanomaterials in information storage, energy conversion, and biomedicine.

CSCI 2560 – Computer Vision
An interdisciplinary exploration of the fundamentals of engineering computer vision systems (e.g., medical imaging, satellite photo interpretation, industrial inspection, robotics, etc.). Classical machine vision paradigms in relation to perceptual theories, physiology of the visual context, and mathematical frameworks. Selections from Gestalt psychology, Gibsonian approach primate visual pathways, edge-detection, segmentation, orientation-selectivity, relaxation-labeling, shading, texture, stereo, shape, object-recognition

ENGN 1930B – Photonics and Biophotonics
Biophotonics deals with interactions between light and biological matter that combine lasers, photonics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. The course will introduce the biology/photonics interface and discuss topics like photobiology, biosensors, bioimaging techniques, light activated therapy, microarray technology, tissue engineering with light, and bionanophotonics. Prerequisites: science and engineering background.

ENGN2910Z / BIOL2840 - Small Wonders: The Science, Technology, and Human Health Impacts of Nanomaterials
Survey course focusing on nanomaterials as enabling components in emerging nanotechnologies. Covers scaling laws for physicochemical properties, synthesis routes, manipulation and characterization tools, and example applications in sensors, composites, advanced energy devices, and nanomedicine. Impacts of nanomaterials on environment and health, including the interactions between nanoscale structures and biological molecules, cells, and whole organisms. Undergraduate enrollment by permission.