CBEMS 241 Nano-Scale Materials and Applications (2014-2015)

CBEMS 241 Nano-Scale Materials and Applications

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 241 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. Graduate students only. Concurrent with CBEMS 141. (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:
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
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description

Students design a nanomaterial-based systems 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 Research Proposal: 20%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

May 27, 2014
Senate Approved:
May 8, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr