Course Number: 12-686(9)/786(12), 06-815(9)/907(12), 42-505(9)/708(12)
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
This course introduces the basic science and engineering concepts of nanoscience/nanotechnology and will discuss the societal and cultural issues surrounding the introduction of nanotechnology into the global market place. Students will learn both basic science and technology and will discuss the opportunities for nanotechnology to improve the quality of life, as well as the potential negative consequences of this emerging science on the environment and human health. The goal is to increase awareness of how nanomaterials/nanotechnology interacts with the natural world, and at the same time to stimulate students who are focused on careers in environmental engineering to consider possible nanotechnology-based solutions to environmental problems (e.g. energy production, groundwater remediation). The course targets upper division undergraduates and graduate students from both the College of Engineering and the College of Science.
Major topics include
- basic concepts in nanoscience and technology including the uniqueness of nanoscale processes and structures
- types and characterization methods of nanomaterials
- public perceptions of nanoscience
- current and future uses of nanotechnology and regulations regarding its use
- nanotechnology and the environment
- ethics and nanotechnology
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Understand basic concepts of nanoscience and engineering and convey those concepts to the general public
- Understand the near term and future applications of nanomaterials and nanoscience, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of widespread use of these materials in society
- Discern fact from fiction regarding nanotechnology and make informed decisions regarding the risks and benefits of nanotechnology
Prerequisite: None, although undergraduate chemistry or equivalent will be beneficial.