EE 710 - Nanoscience and Engineering

(Dr. John Williams, Spring 2009)

[course notes listed below]


Course Syllabus

Course Instructor:     John D. Williams           406 Optics Building    (256) 824 – 2898        
Office Hours:      
Required Textbook:

  1. Goddard, et al., Handbook of Nanoscience Engineering and Technology, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2002.
  2. Electronic or paper subscription to at least one of  journal in nanotechnology

Optional Text: (fantastic undergraduate level review):

  1. Hornyak, et al,  Introduction to Nanoscience,  CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2008

Course Objectives:
            This course is designed to provide students with an overview of current topics in Nanoscience and Engineering.  The sheer breath and multidisciplinary nature of this field does not allow for a complete discussion on the topic, however students will be provided with a survey of key concepts and state of the art research in the areas of scanning probe microscopy, nanoparticle applications, nanoelectronics, photonics, nanobiotechnology, materials chemistry, and surface science.

Additional References: 

  1. Ashby, Shercliff, and Cebon, Materials Engineering, Science, Processing, and Design, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2007.
  2. Cambell, The Science and Engineering of Microelectronic Fabrication, 2nd ed., Oxford, NY, 2004.
  3. Brodie, Physics of Micro/Nano-Fabrication, Plenum Press, NY, 1993.
  4. Ohring, Material Science of Thin Films: Deposition and Structure, 2nd ed., Academic Press, San Diego, 2002.
  5. CNF Nanocourses, Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility, 1998-2008
  6. Wolf, Nanophysics and Nanotechnology, Wiley VCH, Verlag, Germany, 2006
  7. Neimeyer and Mirkin, Nanobiotechnology, Wiley VCH, Verlag, Germany, 2004
  8. Mirkin and Neimyer, Nanobiotechnology II, Wiley VCH, Verlag, Germany, 2007
  9. Rao, et. al, Nanomaterials Chemistry, Wiley VCH, Verlag, Germany, 2007
  10. Mitin,, Introduction to nanoelectronics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2008
  11. Foster, Nanotechnology: Science, Inovation, and Oportunity, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2006
  12. Bhushan, Handbook of Nano-technology, 2nd ed., Springer Verlag, 2006.
  13. Proceedings of the SPIE (largest series of conference proceedings in optics, photonics, plasmonics, and MEMS)

Options for required Journal Reading: 

  1. IEEE Transactions (several journals representing different topics), IEEE Press
  2. Science Magazine, AAA Press
  3. Nature, Nature  (Nature Publishing offers about a dozen journal on different research fields currently undergoing radical shifts toward nanotechnology)
  4. Journal of Nanoscience and Technology, ASP*
  5. Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, Taylor and Francis*
  6. ACS Nano, ACS
  7. Micro and Nano Letters, IEEE
  8. Nano Letters, ACS Publications
  9. Nano Today, Science Direct
  10. International Journal of Nanoscience, World Scientific
  11. Extreme, LexisNexis Academic
  12. Journal of the American Vacuum Society (A & B), AVS Press
  13. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, AIP Press
  14. Langmuir, ACS Publications
  15. Journal of Applied Physics, AIP Press

* represents a journal not currently available online at the UAHuntsville Library

Course Prerequisites: 

Enrollment in a Science or Engineering MS/PhD program

Course Material:

  1. Overview of Nanoscience
  2. Material Science and Tribiology
    1. SPM technologies
    2. Surface forces and rheology
    3. Adhesion between solids
    4. Friction and wear
    5. Mechanics of bionanotechnology
  3. Molecular and Nanoelectronics
    1. Molecular electronics
    2. Nanoelectronic circuits
    3. Spin Field Effect Transistors and spintronics
    4. Molecular machines
  4. Manipulation and Assembly
    1. Nanoparticle manipulation using electrostatic and magnetic forces
    2. Bio- and chemical self assembly
    3. Applications of Supramolecular chemistry
  5. Functional Nanostructures
    1. Carbon nanotubes
    2. Dendrimers
    3. Photonic crystals – science technology and modeling
    4. Nanofluidics in biology
    5. Composite materials
    6. Nanoparticles for drug delivery

Final Grade:


In class



Friday Afternoon  Lab Sessions and Lab Report


Journal Reviews

10 min weekly class presentations



Review Paper



Review Paper





Grades depend heavily on the student’s ability to understand and apply concepts related to modern discoveries in nanotechnology.  Both a midterm and a final exam will be used to evaluate the student’s ability to comprehend the material presented in class.

Review Papers:  Two individual literature reviews will be performed by each student over the course of the semester.  The purpose of this assignment is to acquaint students with current literature on nanoscience, engineering, and technology.  These reports should be no less than 10 pages (and no more than 15) single spaced with figures.  A complete bibliography of all relevant references should be attached, but excluded from the page count.  Each review article should cover the topic as completely as possible, including theoretical analysis, modeling, and device fabrication if possible.  Students should write these reports in a similar manner to those submitted for topical overviews in a peer reviewed journal. 

Topics for the 1st paper are due by January 30th with the final report due on February 27th.
Topics for the 2nd paper are due by March 13th with the final report due on April 10th.

Laboratory:  Students will enter the laboratory on 4 different to study fundamental aspects of nanotechnology.  Topics include lithography, self assembled monolayers layers, colloidal nanoparticle generation, and atomic force microscopy and biological energy production.

Laboratory Dates: (Dates are Preliminary)
Colloidal Silver:                                    January 30th
ATP synthesis lab:                                February 13th
SAM lab:                                             February 27th   
SPM lab:                                              March 6th 


Part I - Introduction to Science and Engineering at the Nanoscale

Part II - Carbon Nanotubes

Part III - Nanowires

Part IV - Forces and the Nanoscale and Nanoscale Tribiology

Part V - Chemical Interactions at the Nanoscale

Part VI - Quantum Computing

Part VII - Intro to Nanoelectronics

Part VIII - Spintronics

Part IX - Graphene for Spintronic Devices

Part X - Surface Plasmons in Metals

Part XI - Magnetism in Nanomaterials

Part XII - Supramolecular Chemistry

Part XIII - Gold Colloids and Bio Nanotechnology

Part XIV - Gold Colloids and Bio Nanotechnology