Nanoscience and Nanoengineering PhD
The nano SE PhD is a research-intensive degree focused on nanotechnology, with an emphasis on nanoscale materials. A multi-disciplinary core curriculum is taken by students from diverse science and engineering backgrounds. The core course sequence is intended to introduce students to contemporary topics in nanotechnology, through a cross-disciplinary approach to research and learning. These courses can usually be completed within two years. Students are expected to obtain graduate-level training in a traditional discipline, designated as the "program major emphasis". In addition, students entering with an MS degree must take at least six electives credit hours outside the student’s traditional area of training. Students entering at the BS level will be expected to pursue, or take coursework equivalent to, an MS degree, in addition to the nano core curriculum.
Students from traditional science or engineering backgrounds enter the program with well-defined research interests and affiliate themselves with a research group and a faculty mentor. Current nano program participants draw from the Department of Chemistry, or the Departments of Chemical, Electrical, Materials and Metallurgical, and Mechanical Engineering. Students with traditional training in these areas participate in cross-disciplinary research with a nano focus. Examples of active research areas are: synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite materials, photo-activated nano-inks for direct write applications, polymer chemistry, and structural and optical characterization of nano-materials for solar energy, bio-fuels, and other forms of renewable energy.