Nanotechnology is expected to reshape everything we know, design, or make. As it goes outside the lab and into production, the associated potential for growth in nanotechnology is limitless. To maintain an edge in a global competition, nanotechnology needs a workforce that is exponentially increasing.
This project contributes to the building of this workforce through building an infrastructure for education in nanotechnology that is sustainable and continuous, with coverage from pre-college, to graduate levels. (This website presents the different aspects of this project.)
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Our Clean Room
The Solid State Electronics Fabrication lab consists of a class 10,000 clean room with approximately 1,000 square feet of work area. The temperature and humidity of the lab are tightly controlled to be 70° ±5° and 42.5% ±3%, respectively. The lab is capable of processes including silicon-based optoelectronics and 3 µm metal-gate NMOS and supports both undergraduate research and education in the areas of solid state devices, integrated circuits, and MEMs/NEMs. Click here for more information.
Two courses were developed and offered in the area of nanotechnology for engineering and science students. Click here to view course descriptions.
Outreach and Collaborations
As part of the Nanotechnology grant by NSF, multiple educational modules and activities were developed and presented in different venues. Click here for more information
Ethics and Societal Impact
Nanotechnology and nano sciences have recently gained tremendous attention and funding, from multiple entities and directions. In the last 10 years the funding for nanotechnology research has increased by orders of magnitude. An important part that has also gained parallel attention is the societal and ethical impact of nanotechnology and the possible consequences of its products and processes on human life and welfare. Click here to learn more.