This course, most recently taught by John Hart at the University of Michigan, presents how to make and assemble nanostructures—particularly nanotubes, nanowires, and nanoparticles—into devices and materials ranging from transistors to films, fibers, and structural composites. Our goal is enable new materials and devices using nanostructures, along with manufacturing processes that that can realize the promise of nanotechnology at commercially-feasible scales. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique properties of these building blocks, and how properties scale from the individual elements to bulk material architectures. We study, analytically and empirically, how scalability is governed by the physical interactions among the structures, and the ability to manipulate and order nanostructures using chemical, mechanical, and electrical means. The course culminates in a team project that proposes a novel device or manufacturing process that uses nanostructures, such as a new architecture for a photovoltaic cell or battery, or a self-assembly or printing technology.

Syllabus, Winter 2010, [pdf]


Lecture notes (Winter 2010)

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00 Introduction to nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing video slides  
01 Taxonomy and geometry of nanostructures video slides written notes
02 Techniques for characterizing nanostructures video slides  
03 Confinement and energy quantization video slides written notes
04 Electronic and optical properties of nanostructures video slides  
05 Mechanical properties of nanostructures video slides written notes
06 Thermal properties of nanostructures video slides written notes
07 Intermolecular and surface forces video slides written notes
08 Surface energy, wetting, and melting video slides written notes
09 Small-scale fluid flows video slides written notes
10 Electrical double layer video slides written notes
11 Surface plasmon resonance video slides  
12 Top-down vs. bottom up video slides  
13 Heterogenous nucleation and reaction kinetics video slides written notes
14 Nanoparticle synthesis in solution video slides written notes
15 Nanotube and nanowire growth by CVD video slides  
16 Exam Review      
17 Functionalization and separation video slides  
18 Self-assembly of micelles and block copolymers video slides written notes
19 Self-assembly of monolayers and multilayers video slides written notes
20 From 2D to 3D, LBL and colloid crystals video slides  
21 Organization and properties of nanostructure networks video slides  
22 Balancing interactions in self assembly and nanomanufacturing video slides  
23 Searching the literature (extra) video