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Foothill College offers a course in nanotechnology for students and working professionals who want an introduction to the subject. This course, a survey of nanotechnology, is offered in a hybrid format in Fall Quarter 2013. All attending students will be offered a hands-on experience using an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). NANO51 is the second course in the nanotechnology certificate offered at Foothill College. You may begin the nano certificate program with NANO51 if you have a strong science foundation.

In this course you'll learn about the applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology, the industries that employ nanomaterials engineering, and what types of problems are being addressed with nanoscience driven technology. This course will build on the nanoscience concepts learned in NANO50, and prepare you for nanostructures and nanomaterials (NANO52), Nanomaterials characterization (NANO53) an nanofabrication tools and methods (NANO52). This course employs web enhanced content delivery, and many of the resources you'll use in this course are 'open source' educational resources (OERs). You'll use a nanotechnology text from Wikipedia / Wikibooks, and additionally use a new Wiki format that allows you to take notes in a wiki format (social notebook).

This course follows the general format:

  • Nanotechnology => definitions and context
  • Nanostructures and nanomaterials
  • Nanopatterns, networks to structures to systems
  • Carbon nanostructures and applications
  • Silicon nanostructures and applications
  • Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Surfaces and Thin Films
  • Characterization tools
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Clean energy technology
  • Societal impacts => global problems

Carbon Nanotube
Graphene and Carbon Nanotube


Please contact Robert Cormia if you have any questions, and please follow the assignments page.


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