The goal of the Nanotechnology Project at KU is to develop an interdisciplinary teaching and research program in the emergent field of nanotechnology and nanoscience. At present, it involves faculty members from physics, chemistry, biology, and chemical engineering. An interdisciplinary 3-credit undergraduate course Introduction to Nanotechnology has been offered for the first time in spring 2007. It is offered again in spring 2008, together with research opportunities for undergraduates. This class is listed under CHEM 680, CPE 715, MB 420, PHSX 600, EPHX 600. It is intended for the sophomore or junior year, but, space permitting, all interested students are encouraged to enroll. This page also serves as the course web page for this class. Information for students enrolled in the course will be posted on BlackboardScholarships will be awarded to students who pass the course with a grade of C or better. The scholarships are expected to at least cover the tuition.

The nanotechnology project is aimed at recruiting and developing undergraduates as future researchers in nanotechnology in addition to educating a broader audience of future scientists and engineers about this important field. Thus, significant effort will be made to promote participation of undergraduates in interdisciplinary nanoscience research. Research can be started during the spring semester or later. Additional scholarships for research are available. An application form for research scholarships can be downloaded here. Here is a flyer for the course (2007 version). This effort is supported by the National Science Foundation Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education program under grant No. NSF-0634273.
With questions please contact any of us: Judy Z. Wu (physics, PI), Cindy L. Berrie (chemistry), Mark L. Richter (biology), Susan M. Stagg-Williams (chemical engineering), Ward H. Thompson(chemistry), Carsten Timm (physics, webmaster).

Course Documents

Course Outline

Here is a preliminary course outline, see the syllabus for more details:

  • Introduction
  • Molecular engineering
    • Switches and transistors
    • Molecular motors
    • Biology-based nanodevices
  • Fullerenes
  • Mechanical properties
  • Electronic properties
  • Applications
  • Nanoparticles: catalysis, reactivity
  • Nanowires and nanotubes, nanodevices
  • Electronic transport in quantum wires
  • Quantum dots and rings
  • 2D electron gases, quantum chaos
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Electron microscopy
  • Flourescence
  • Electron-beam lithography
  • Functional nano-materials
  • Quantum effects in nano-structured materials
  • Microscopy and Imaging (including hands-on activities)

Research Projects

Five interdisciplinary research projects are proposed. Other projects are possible and welcome. Discuss your ideas with us!

Here is a Research Scholarship Application Form.