MSNT 3940 Principles and Applications of Nanotechnology 4 Credits

This course is an introduction to nanometer scale aspects of chemistry, physics, and biology, and how these aspects can be combined to provide solutions to engineering problems. Recent applications will be presented ascase studies, including sensors, biology medicine, electronics, and new materials. An extensive series of hands-on laboratory activities is a central part of the course. Students will fabricate and characterize nanoscale structures using a variety of techniques from biology, chemistry, and materials science. Principles of operation of several measurement techniques that underpin this field will be presented, as will social, legal, and ethical aspects of nanotechnology. This course is required for the Minor and Major in Microsystems and Nanotechnology.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CHEMSTRY 1240 or CHEMSTRY 1450
Typically Offered: Spring

MSNT 4230 Design, Fabrication, and Simulation of MEMS 3 Credits

This course is structured to give the students the tools to design, digitally fabricate, and simulate reliable MEMS devices. It will include in-depth study of mechanics and microelectronics concepts and how to couple them to design functioning MEMS. Since MEMS are fabricated using brittle materials, then probabilistic design concepts are introduced. Students will understand failure modes in MEMS and how to design for reliability. FEA software is used to simulate and probabilistically design MEMS. Students will also learn how to digitally fabricate MEMS using CAD based design layout and visualization software.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GENENG 2340 and MATH 2740
Typically Offered: Fall