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Integration of Nanoscale Science and Technology into Undergraduate Curricula

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This paper describes our experiences teaching nanoscale science and technology to undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati. In 2006 a group of faculty from six Engineering and Arts & Sciences departments inaugurated new undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses devoted to the nanoscale, supported by an NSF Grant, NUE: Integration of Nanoscale Science and Engineering into Undergraduate Curricula. The elective lecture course, Intro to Nanoscale Science & Technology , and the elective laboratory course, Experimental Nanoscale Science & Technology , incorporated nanoscale education into undergraduate curricula in the Colleges of Engineering and Arts & Sciences. In 2009 a second NUE grant, NUE: Integration of Nanoscale Devices and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechology into Undergraduate Engineering and Science Curricula , was awarded to the University of Cincinnati. The primary goal of that project was to introduce two new courses entitled Nanoscale Devices and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology into the undergraduate engineering and science curricula. When the University of Cincinnati converted from a quarter-based academic calendar to semesters in 2012, the two lecture courses were combined into a new lecture-only introductory course entitled Nanoscale Science and Technology , while the experiment modules from both laboratory courses were integrated into the more recent laboratory course Experimental Nanoscale Science and Technology . The lectures provide an overview of nanoscale science and engineering, with applications in nanomaterials, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanomechanics, and bionanosystems. The laboratory modules give students hands-on experience including synthesis of nanoparticles and nanotubes, and subsequent characterization with multiple stations of atomic force microscopes and laser spectrometers.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2013

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