3rd & 4th Year Nano Courses Available to Chemistry and Physics Students

Why Nano?

  • nanoscience & nanotechnology provide us with new technologies every day
  • wearable electronics to lightweight, strong sports equipment to dramatic improvements in drug delivery & treatment of diseases
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Seeing at the Nanoscale

Nanoscience provides new insights into materials

  • big breakthrough in nano: ability to see structures at the molecular level
  • important in academic & industrial materials science research
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Consider Taking a Nanoscience Course!

Our nanoscience courses provide insights into chemical and physical principles that operate at the molecular level and combine aspects of different disciplines: chemistry, physics, biology…
Course topics include:

  • nanoparticle synthesis
  • quantum computing
  • nanolithography
  • nanoscale surface science
  • quantum materials
  • renewable energy
  • molecular electronics
  • sensing & biosensing
  • computational modeling
  • bionanomaterials
  • carbon dioxide capture & reduction

You can tailor your degree with a different flavour and you can develop skills & knowledge that are used in academic & industrial research labs. Multidisciplinary science is where it’s at!

  • new discoveries
  • new technologies
  • new job opportunities

Our nanoscience laboratory provides hands-on experience with research-grade instruments & procedures for making nanostructures.

  • atomic force microscopy
  • surface plasmon resonance
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • ellipsometry
  • fluorescence spectroscopy
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • nanoparticle synthesis
  • dynamic light scattering
  • contact angle
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Nanoscience Courses – Fall Semester

NANO*3200 Nanolithographic Techniques

  • learn how to use nanolithography to create a variety of nanostructures
  • includes writing processes using electron beams, ion beams & scanned probes, as well as soft lithographic techniques such as stamping and dip-pen nanolithography
  • has lab component

NANO*3500 Thin Film Science

  • learn about the science of surfaces & thin films
  • Includes surface tension, intermolecular forces, adsorption, thin film deposition, self-assembly, reflectivity techniques
  • has lab component

NANO*4100 Biological Nanomaterials

  • learn how nature has converged on delicate nanostructures & nanomotors to achieve biological functions, and how we can emulate this in the laboratory

Nanoscience Courses – Winter Semester

NANO*3300 Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials

  • learn about the interaction of light with nanostructured materials
  • includes absorption & fluorescence for infrared, Raman & UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • has lab component

NANO*3600 Computational Methods in Materials Science

  • learn how to use Python to solve scientific problems
  • focuses on the interplay between science problem, mathematical formulation, and computational implementation
  • has tutorial component

NANO*4200 Topics in Nanoscience

  • special topics in nanostructured materials
  • focuses on how to design, create, characterize & utilize nanoscience to produce new materials of fundamental and technological importance


Professor John Dutcher
Director, BSc Nanoscience Program