Nanotechnology, Certificate

Program Code: NANO_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Nanotechnology, a minimum of 18 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
ESC 211Material, Safety and Equipment Overview for Nanotechnology3
ESC 212Basic Nanotechnology Processes3
ESC 213Materials in Nanotechnology3
ESC 214Patterning for Nanotechnology3
ESC 215Nanotechnology Applications3
ESC 216Characterization, Testing of Nanotechnology Structures and Materials3

Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. MATERIALS AND SAFETY: Students will learn the principles and practices of safe equipment operation/maintenance and materials handling in regards to environment, health and safety issues. Material classification methods based on their physical, mechanical and optical properties will be covered while vacuum systems are introduced.
  2. NANOTECHNOLOGY PROCESSES: Students will be introduced to the basic processes involved in "top down", "bottom up", and hybrid nanofabrication including deposition, etching, and pattern transfer. Students will learn the similarities and differences in the equipment used and process flows. Nano-characterization methods will also be outlined.
  3. NANOSTRUCTURES: Students will develop a detailed understanding of how materials are fabricated into nano-structures used in nanotechnology. Nanoparticles, quantum dots will be covered with their bio applications. Oxidation and plasma techniques will also be studied.
  4. PATTERNING: Students will be able to identify techniques of advanced pattern transfer and select the appropriate tool and technique that will best create the product needed in the competitive modern workplace.
  5. MATERIAL MODIFICATION: Students will learn in detail processing techniques and about the operation of specialty tools used in materials modification in forming nanoscale devices and systems. Students will also learn to avoid unintentional material modifications. Application fields of nanotechnology in health sciences, energy, manufacturing, food, agriculture, medicine and environmental discussions will be highlighted.
  6. CHARACTERIZATION: Students will examine characterization techniques and measurements essential for testing and for controlling material fabrication and final device performance.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Mark Horn
Professor
305C Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA
814-865-0332
mwh4@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Career Paths

In addition to preparing students for career opportunities in a diverse variety of fields such as microelectronics, information storage, optoelectronics, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and medicine, the certificate also prepares undergraduate students for exciting research opportunities and multidisciplinary nanotechnology-based advanced degree programs in graduate schools around the world.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND MECHANICS
212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-4523
mwh4@psu.edu

http://www.esm.psu.edu/

World Campus

ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND MECHANICS/CENTER FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY EDUCATION AND UTILIZATION
118 Research West
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-9635
nanotech@engr.psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/nanotechnology-certificate/overview