Nanostructures in Science and Technology

1. What is Special about Nanostructures?

Length Scales: Quantum, Electrical, Magnetic, Biological

Surface/Volume Ratio: Heterogeneous Catalysis


2. Synthesis

Self-Assembly: Colloidal Clusters (Lab), Ferrofluids (Lab)

Fullerenes and Nanotubes (Visit)

Nanowires, Superlattices

Lithography: E-Beam (Visit), Optical, Ion Beam

Manipulating Atoms and Molecules: Drag and Drop Atoms, Stretch and Crack Molecules


3. Characterization

Microscopy: TEM, SEM, STM (Visit), AFM (Lab), MFM,

Diffraction: Fourier Transform (Kit), SPA-LEED, Small Angle Scattering, Holography


4. Properties and Applications

Mechanical: Nanoporous Materials, Nanostructured Intermetallics

Electrical: SiO2/Si Interface, Single Electron Devices, Fullerenes and Nanotubes, Quantum Computer (Guest Lecture)

Magnetic: Magnetic Data Storage (Storage Media, GMR Heads)

Optical: Quantum Well Laser, Quantum Dots

Polymers/Molecules: Hydrophilic/phobic (Lab), Block Copolymers, Supramolecular Architectures,
Conducting Polymers, Molecular Electronics

Biological: DNA, Biocompatibility, Biosensors (Visit, Guest Lecture)