Ph.D. with Emphasis in Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Description:

The Designated Emphasis in Nanoscale Science and Engineering program at UC Berkeley is crafted around a set of educational principles to motivate physical science and engineering students to acquire an understanding of the capabilities, as well as the limitations, of each other's fields. The basic themes of study focus on the synthesis, characterization, fabrication, and modeling of nanostructured materials and devices. The designated emphasis program originally started as a NSF-supported IGERT program.

Program Type: 
Concentration
College/Department: 
Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI)
Year Established: 
2003
Courses: 

Requirements include a core course, two elective courses from two different areas listed below, and participation in the NSE Graduate Group seminar series. For students interested in or required to consider the ethical implications of technology research and development or business an additional set of classes is offered. Ph.D. students can also petition to have certain undergrad courses considered in the fulfillment of a minor field requirement.

  • Area I. Nanoscale Synthesis and Processing
    • NSE C203/EE 235- Nanoscale Fabrication
    • MSE 216- Macromolecular Science in Biotechnology and Medicine
    • Bioengineering 290H- Bio-inspired Nanoscience and Nanomaterials
    • Chemistry 253 A/B/C- Materials Chemistry I and II
    • EE 290B- Intro to E-Beam Lithography and Nanofab Technology
    • ME 219- Macro-electromechanical Systems;
    • ME 290G- Laser Processing and Diagnostics
    • MSE 224- Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
    • MSE 260- Surface Properties of Materials
  • Area II. Nanoscale Characterization
    • ME 226- Tribology
    • MSE 204: Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-ray Diffraction
    • MSE 241- Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Techniques Lab
    • MSE 242- Advanced Nanostructure Characterization Techniques
    • CHEME 295R- Applied Spectroscopy
    • CHEME 295S- Introduction to Surface Science
  • Area III. Nanoscale Modelling
    • NSE C237/CE C237- Computational Nanomechanics
    • NSE C242/Physics C203- Computational Nanoscience
    • Physics 240A/240B- Quantum Theory of Solids
    • ME 259- Microscale Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
  • IV. Nanoscale Devices
    • MSE 226- Photovoltaic Materials Technologies
  • The Softer Side of Science and Engineering: Students interested in or required to consider the ethical implications of technology research and development should consider these courses: Bioengineering 100- Ethics in Science and Engineering; Engineering 124- Ethics and the Impact of Technology on Society; MCB 293C- Responsible Conduct of Research; EE 298A- Business of Nanotechnology
  • Undergraduate courses (Ph.D. students can petition to have these undergrad courses considered in the fulfillment of a minor field requirement): MSE 140- Nanomaterials for Scientists and Engineers; ME 118- Intro to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience; ME 119- Intro to Microelectromechanical Systems; EE 143- Microfabrication Technology; Physics 137A- Quantum Mechanics.
Duration/Units: 
3 courses + Participation in the NSE Graduate Seminar