Hands-On Nanotechnology Experience in the College of Engineering at WSU: A Curriculum Development
The interest in nanotechnology and its products (nanomaterials) has been increasing worldwide due to technological developments and needs in the field. In order to enhance both academic and public awareness about nanotechnology, the authors developed a three-credit-hour nanotechnology laboratory course “Introduction to Nanotechnology Laboratory” for the College of Engineering (CoE) at Wichita State University (WSU), which was taught in Fall 2008 and Fall 2010. Lectures of this senior-level course focused on basic fabrication and characterization techniques of nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, ferrofluids, nanofibers, nanocomposites, nanofilms, bionanocomposites, nanoporous gold films, solar cells, and atomic force microscopy (AFM) nanolithography. During the lecture series, students were expected to gain an understanding in nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing techniques, various nanomaterials, as well as health issues and handling procedures of nanomaterials. At the end of the semesters, students were asked to answer a number of courseassessment survey questions. The survey results confirmed that the course was well established and understood by the undergraduate and graduate students who took it.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-06-01
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