CBEMS 141 Nano-Scale Materials and Applications (2016-2017)

CBEMS 141 Nano-Scale Materials and Applications

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 141 Nano-Scale Materials and Applications (Credit Units: 4) This course provides an overview of the chemistry, physics, and applications of nanometer-scale materials. In it, we will explore the effects of composition, bonding, and confinement on the physical properties of nanomaterials, their chemical syntheses, and their device physics in electronic, optoelectronic, and energy technologies. Prerequisite: ENGR 1A or CHEM 1A, PHYS 7D, and MATH 2B. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
  • Dekock and Gray, Chemical Structure and Bonding
  • West, Basic Solid State Chemistry (2nd ed)
  • Hoffmann, Solids and Surfaces: A Chemist’s View of Bonding in Extended Structures
  • Sze, Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • Ashcroft & Mermin, Solid State Physics
  • Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics.
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. The objective of this course is to impart a basic understanding of the design, synthesis, and device fabrication considerations for creating the next generation of high impact solid-state technologies. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze and predict the physical properties of materials based on the chemistry and physics of confined systems, and to design high-performance materials and device structures using their understanding of the parameters modifying length scales of quantum particle transport in metals, insulators, and semiconductors.

Prerequisites by Topic

Atomic structure and chemistry, electricity and magnetism, differential equations.

Lecture Topics:
  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding and molecular orbital theory
  • Crystal structure
  • Descriptive crystal chemistry
  • Bonding in extended solids
  • Electronic band structure
  • Electronic and optical properties of nanoscale materials
  • Synthesis of confined systems
  • Physics of nanoscale devices *p-n junctions *field-effect transistors *photovoltaics *light-emitting diodes
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course contributes towards the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering majors through chemical and physical understanding of nanometer-scale systems in engineering topics and design experiences.

Design Content Description

Students design a nano material-based system and write a proposal for its application.

Lectures: 10%
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Two midterms: 30% each
  • Class participation and quizzes: 10%
  • Final Topic Presentation: 20%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 5.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
May 8, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr