About The Courses

NANO50 – The Big Ideas of the Very Small NANO50 is the first course in our nanomaterials engineering sequence. You’ll be introduced to ‘the big ideas of the very small’ including: how nanotechnology can produce new and novel materials to help solve our energy problems, give us clean water, yield solutions to vexing health problems, repel water from our windshields, and even keep hot coffee from staining our pants.

You’ll learn about how molecules self assemble, the latest trends in silicon device technology, how nano-medicine will help us treat cancer and give us biomedical devices to keep our hearts going longer.

Hands-on learning will involve running an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), a demonstration of both a real and virtual Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), a visit to a world class characterization and failure analysis lab and a tour of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF). NANO50 prepares students to step into NANO51(Applications of Nanotechnology), NANO52 (Nanostructures and Nanomaterials), NANO53 (Nanomaterials Characterization) and NANO52 (Nanofabrication Tools and Process).

A background in science and technology, including high school chemistry and/or physics, prepares you for the academics. Taught in person with web-assisted instruction.

NANO53 – The Tools-of-the-Trade

Come explore the tools-of-the-trade in nanomaterial characterization.

Learn how to solve important problems in materials technology through the use of analysis tools and methods for failure analysis for topics including: QA/QC in magnetic storage, biomedical devices, high performance materials for transportation and aerospace, and support for process development in clean energy materials. Students will begin with an overview of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) to visually see micro-structure, then Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to see nanostructure and the positions of atoms. You’ll understand how to use surface analysis to measure coatings on disks and what makes “nanopants” and Rain-x work.

You will tour a world class characterization and failure analysis lab and see how semiconductors are analyzed when they don’t work, how disasters like the PGandE gas explosion are investigated, and how materials characterization supports process development, authenticity testing and measuring the effects of pollution on our buildings. This is the third course in our nanomaterials sequence, but is open to scientists, technicians, and encouraged for persons with a familiarity of materials and industrial processes.


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