ECE / NANOSCI 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science & Technology
Fall 2012

Place: FCIEMAS 1441

Meeting time: W/F, 1:25pm - 2:40pm

This course is designed to introduce students to the interdiciplinary aspects of nanoscience by integrating important components of this broad research field. This integrated approach will cross the traditional disciplines of biology, chemistry, electrical & computer engineering, computer science, and physics. The focus of the course will be on fundamental properties of materials at the nanoscale, synthesis of nanoparticles, characterization tools, self-assembly, and nanoscale systems.

    Grades will be assigned based on class participation, individual performance on a group project, individual presentations on current topics, and a final exam.


Nanophysics and Nanotechnology: An Introduction to Modern Concepts in Nanoscience
by Edward L. Wolf (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-3527406517

You are required to uphold the Duke Community Standard at all times. This policy is discussed on the first day of class.

Course Schedule (subject to change)
 Topic Notes / Readings
Aug. 29
Introductions, class structure, overview

Aug. 31
Background / Introduction to tools
Drexler vs. Smalley

Feynman's Lecture

Chapter 1, 2
Sept. 5 / 7
Nanoscale carbon material synthesis

Sept. 12 / 14 Tools: lithographies, microscopies, etc.
Chapter 3, 4
Sept. 19 / 21
Tools continued

Sept. 26 / 28
and more Tools (wrap-up / catch-up),

Group project overview

Oct. 3 / 5

Topic presentations due on Oct. 9
Binnig & Quate AFM
Binnig & Rohrer STM
Oct. 10 / 12
Individual topic presentations

Oct. 17 / 19
Individual topic presentations
Oct. 24 / 26
Synthesis: particles, tubes, filaments, etc. Chapter 7
Oct. 31/ Nov. 1 Synthesis continued Chapter 9
Nov. 7 / 9
Self-assembly: chemical, physical, DNA, some protein
Chapter 6
Nov. 14 / 16
Self-assembly continued
Nov. 21 / 23
Thanksgiving recess
Nov. 28 / 30
Group demos (20min) and assessments (10min)

Final group NISE product due (50%)
Dec. 1 - 10
Graduate reading period

Dec. 11
Final Exam (25%)

Course Assignments

Individual topic presentation, due Oct. 9 (25% of grade)

Assignment details:
    Prepare a presentation reviewing at least three research papers on a topci of your choosing which is also relevant to the class (when in doubt, ask me). Professional caveats about plagiarism apply to this assignment, i.e., when in doubt cite the source and material in its entirity, reference figures if they are not your own, etc.

Please submit your PowerPoint slide deck with embedded URLs to each research paper in your Sakai drop-box. I will make these files available to the class prior to the presentations.

    Your grade will be determined by the clarity of the presentation in describing the research articles.

Final group NISE product due (50% of grade) Submit electronically.

Assignment details:
    1. Prepare the project per the instructions here.

    2. Evaluate your group members, and your own, performance in the group project using this format: evaluation form. (place in your Sakai drop box)

    3. Ask one group member to turn in all group documentation (Sakai drop box) by the due date.

    Your grade will be determined by the clarity of the documentation in describing your project, the appropriateness of the goals, given the identified resources, for the intended audience, and the potential impact of the topic for ISE. (N.B., poor grammar and/or spelling mistakes will be penalized.) Adherence to the assessment guidelines identified in the project instructions will also be evaluated.

Unbalanced effort (as indicated by the group evaluation) within a group will penalize the weaker group members.

N.B. Your evaluation as a productive group member will impact your entire course grade.

Final exam (25% of grade).

Assignment details:
    Final exam on precepts of the course to possibly include questions relevant to each groups' final project. Coverage will be broad and encompass the entire course syllabus.
    Your grade will be determined by the measure of your comprehension and ability to articulate knowledge of the field.

Updated 10/2012

Lecture notes