CBEMS 166 Science of Nanoscale Materials & Devices (2012-2013)

CBEMS 166 Science of Nanoscale Materials & Devices

(Not required for any major. Elective for ChE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 166 Science of Nanoscale Materials & Devices (Credit Units: 3) Covers the properties of nanoscale materials and aspects of current research on next-generation electronic devices. Topics include nanofabrication, characterization of nanostructure materials, and device concepts that take the advantage of quantum mechanical phenomena on the nanoscale. Prerequisite: ENGR54 and Physics 7D. Concurrent with ENGRMSE 266. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471079354.

Recommended Textbook:
  • DiVentura, M., Evoy, S., and Heflin, J. Nanoscale Science and Technology, Kluwere Academic, 2004.
  • Cao, G. Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, Imperial Coolege Press, 2004.
  • C. Kittel. Introduction to Solid State Physics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Kirk, W.P. and Reed, M.A. Nanostructures and Mesoscopie Systems, Academic Press.
Farghalli A. Mohamed
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the synthesis and assembly of nanoscale structures based on top-down and bottom-up approaches.

2. Understand the physical property of nanostructures.

3. Understand the application of nanostructures in designing new electronic, magnetic, and optical devices.

4. Understand about the impact of the emerging field of nanostructured materials on existing engineering problems in global and societal context.

5. Understand that technology is continually evolving requiring continuing education to learn about advances in nano structures and properties.

6. Understand contemporary issues related to nanoscale structures.

Prerequisites by Topic

Principles of Materials Science, Physics, and solid state physics background.

Lecture Topics:
  • Brief Review of Solid State Physics
  • Fabrication of nanoscale structures
  • Characterization at the nanoscale
  • Single electron effects
  • Nanoscale electronics
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute towards the Materials Science Engineering major through the engineering topics that are related to the fundamental of nanoscale materials. Emphasis is placed on nanofabrication and characterization of nanostructured materials.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%,
  • Exam 1: 25%
  • Exam 2: 35%
  • Term Paper: 20%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 6, 2012
Senate Approved:
February 11, 2004
Approved Effective:
2004 Fall Qtr