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All students enrolled in NANO courses or admitted to the NANO major are expected to meet prerequisite and performance standards, i.e., students may not enroll in any NANO courses or courses in another department which are required for the major prior to having satisfied prerequisite courses with a C– or better (the department does not consider D or F grades as adequate preparation for subsequent material). Additional details are given under the program outline, course descriptions, and admission procedures for the Jacobs School of Engineering in this catalog.


NANO 1. Nanoengineering Seminar (1) Overview of nanoengineering. Presentations and discussions of basic knowledge and career opportunities in nanotechnology for professional development. Introduction to campus library resources. Prerequisites: None. (P/NP grading only; this is a required major course).   

NANO 4. Experience Nanoengineering (1) Introduction to nanoengineering lab-based skills.  Hands-on training and experimentation with nanofabrication techniques, integration, and analytical tools.  Prerequisites: None. (P/NP grading only; for incoming NANO freshmen and transfers; department approval required.  NANO 1 or NANO 4 is mandatory).   

NANO 15. Engineering Computation Using MATLAB (4) (Cross-listed with CENG 15) Introduction to solutions of engineering problems using computational methods. Formulating problem statements, selecting algorithms, writing computer programs, and analyzing output using MATLAB. Computational problems from nanoengineering, chemical engineering, and materials science are introduced. The course requires no prior programming skills. Prerequisites: None. (Students may not receive credit for both NANO 15 and CENG 15)


NANO 100L. Physical Properties of Materials Laboratory (4) Experimental investigation of physical properties of materials such as: thermal expansion coefficient, thermal conductivity, glass transitions in polymers, resonant vibrational response, longitudinal and shear acoustic wave speeds, Curie temperatures, UV-VIS absorption and reflection.  Prerequisites: NANO 108.  Priority enrollment given to nanoengineering majors.

NANO 101. Introduction to Nanoengineering (4) Introduction to nanoengineering; nanoscale fabrication: nanolithography and self–assembly; characterization tools; nanomaterials and nanostructures: nanotubes, nanowires, nanoparticles, and nanocomposites; nanoscale and molecular electronics; nanotechnology in magnetic systems; nanotechnology in integrative systems; nanoscale optoelectronics; nanobiotechnology: biomimetic systems, nanomotors, nanofluidics, and nanomedicine. Prerequisites: CHEM 6B, PHYS 2B, MATH 20C, and NANO 15 or CENG 15 or MAE 8. Priority enrollment given to nanoengineering majors. (NANO 101 is a core course for NE majors and cannot be replaced with NANO 201/ CENG 211).

NANO 102. Foundations in Nanoengineering: Chemical Principles (4) Chemical principles involved in synthesis, assembly, and performance of nanostructured materials and devices. Chemical interactions, classical and statistical thermodynamics of small systems, diffusion, carbon–based nanomaterials, supramolecular chemistry, liquid crystals, colloid and polymer chemistry, lipid vesicles, surface modification, surface functionalization, catalysis. Prerequisites: Chem. 6C, Math. 20D, PHYS 2D, NANO 101, NANO 106. Priority enrollment given to nanoengineering majors. 

NANO 103. Foundations in Nanoengineering: Biochemical Principles (4) Principles of biochemistry tailored to nanotechnologies. The structure and function of biomolecules and their specific roles in molecular interactions and signal pathways. Detection methods at the micro and nano scales. Prerequisites: BILD 1, Chem. 6C, NANO 101, and NANO 102. Priority enrollment given to nanoengineering majors. 

NANO 104. Foundations in Nanoengineering: Physical Principles (4) Introduction to quantum mechanics and nanoelectronics. Wave mechanics, the Schröedinger equation, free and confined electrons, band theory of solids. Nanosolids in 0D, 1D, and 2D. Application to nanoelectronic devices. Prerequisites: Math 20D and NANO 101. Priority enrollment given to nanoengineering majors.

NANO 106. Crystallography of Materials (4) Fundamentals of crystallography, and practice of methods to study material structure and symmetry. Curie symmetries. Tensors as mathematical description of material properties and symmetry restrictions. Introduction to diffraction methods, including X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction. Close-packed and other common structures of real-world materials. Derivative and superlattice structures. Prerequisites: MATH 20F(MATH 18). 

*Effective Winter 2015 for students who want to switch to the new curriculum: NANO 106 is a course that must be taken if you switch to the new catalog. NANO 106 does not replace ECE 25. If you have not completed ECE 25, then do not take ECE 25.

NANO 107*. Electronic Devices and Circuits for NanoEngineers (4) Overview of electrical devices and CMOS integrated circuits emphasizing fabrication processes, and scaling behavior. Design, and simulation of sub-micron CMOS circuits including amplifiers active filters digital logic, and memory circuits. Limitations of current technologies and possible impact of nanoelectronic technologies. Prerequisites: NANO 15, NANO 101, MATH 20B or MATH 20D, and PHYS 2B

*Effective Winter 2015 for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who want to switch to the new curriculum: NANO 107 has been approved to be taken if you have not yet taken ECE 35 and ECE 65 (and seniors will have priority enrollment). If you have taken ECE 35 and ECE 65, do not take NANO 107. If you only have taken ECE 35 (and not ECE 65) then you need to take NANO 107.

NANO 108. Materials Science and Engineering (4) Structure and control of materials: metals, ceramics, glasses, semiconductors, polymers to produce useful properties. Atomic structures. Defects in materials, phase diagrams, micro structural control. Mechanical, rheological, electrical, optical and magnetic properties discussed. Time temperature transformation diagrams. Diffusion. Scale dependent material properties. Prerequisites: Upper Division Standing

NANO 110. Molecular Modeling of Nanoscale Systems (4) Principles and applications of molecular modeling and simulations towards nanoengineering. Topics covered include molecular mechanics, energy minimization, statistical mechanics, molecular dynamics simulations, and Monte Carlo simulations. Students will get hands-on training in running simulations and analyzing simulation results.Prerequisites: Math 20F (MATH18) , NANO 102, NANO 104, and NANO 15 or CENG 15 or MAE 8. 

NANO 111. Characterization of Nanoengineering Systems (4) Fundamentals and practice of methods to image, measure and analyze materials and devices that are structured on the nanometer scale. Optical and electron microscopy; scanning probe methods; photon–, ion–, electron–probe methods, spectroscopic, magnetic, electrochemical and thermal methods. Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in NANO 102.

NANO 112. Synthesis and Fabrication of Nanoengineering Systems (4) Introduction to methods for fabricating materials and devices in NanoEngineering. Nano–particle, –vesicle, –tube and –wire synthesis. Top–down methods including chemical vapor deposition, conventional and advanced lithography, doping and etching. Bottom–up methods including self–assembly. Integration of heterogeneous structures into functioning devices. Prerequisites: NANO 102, NANO 104, and NANO 111 (NANO 112 is a core course for NE majors and cannot be replaced with NANO 239).

NANO 114. Probability and Statistical Methods for Engineers (4) (Cross-listed with CENG 114)  Probability theory, conditional probability, Bayes theorem, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, expectation and variance, central limit theorem, graphical and numerical presentation of data, least squares estimation and regression, confidence intervals, testing hypotheses. Prerequisites: MATH 20F (MATH 18) and NANO 15 or CENG 15 or MAE 8.

NANO 120A. Nanoengineering System Design I (4) Design, production, and integration of nanoscale components. Initiation of team design projects to be completed in NANO 120B. Prerequisites: NANO 110.

NANO 120B. Nanoengineering System Design II (4) Quarter-long team design project that will lead to a working prototype designed for a real engineering application. Prerequisites: NANO 120A.

NANO 134. Polymeric Materials (4) (Cross-listed with CENG 134) Foundations of polymeric materials. Topics: structure of polymers; mechanisms of polymer synthesis; characterization methods using calorimetric, mechanical, rheological, and X-ray-based techniques; and electronic, mechanical, and thermodynamic properties. Special classes of polymers: engineering plastics, semiconducting polymers, photoresists, and polymers for medicine. Prerequisites: CHEM 6C and PHYS 2C. (Students may not receive credit for both CENG 134 and NANO 134).

NANO 141A. Engineering Mechanics I: Analysis of Equilibrium (4) Newton's laws. Concepts of force and moment vector. Free body diagrams. Internal and external forces. Equilibrium of concurrent, coplanar, and three-dimensional system of forces. Equilibrium analysis of structural systems, including beams, trusses, and frames. Equilibrium problems with friction. Prerequisites: MATH 20C and PHYS 2A.

NANO 141B:  Engineering Mechanics II: Analysis of Motion (4)
Newton's laws of motion. Kinematic and kinetic description of particle motion. Angular momentum. Energy and work principles. Motion of the system of interconnected particles.  Mass center. Degrees of freedom. Equations of planar motion of rigid bodies. Energy methods. Lagrange's equations of motion. Introduction to vibration. Free and forced vibrations of a single degree of freedom system. Undamped and damped vibrations. Application to nanoengineering problems.  Prerequisites: MATH 20D and NANO 141A. Priority enrollment given to nanoengineering majors.

NANO 146. Nanoscale Optical Microscopy and Spectroscopy (4) Fundamentals in optical imaging and spectroscopy at the nanometer scale. Diffraction–limited techniques, near–field methods, multi–photon imaging and spectroscopy, Raman techniques, Plasmon–enhanced methods, scan–probe techniques, novel sub–diffraction–limit imaging techniques, and energy transfer methods.Prerequisites: NANO 103 and NANO 104.

NANO 148. Thermodynamics of Materials (4) Fundamental laws of thermodynamics for simple substances; application to flow processes and to non–reacting mixtures; statistical thermodynamics of ideal gases and crystalline solids; chemical and materials thermodynamics; multiphase and multicomponent equilibria in reacting systems; electrochemistry. Prerequisites: Upper Division Standing.

NANO 150. Mechanics of Nanomaterials (4) Introduction to mechanics of rigid and deformable bodies.  Continuum and atomistic models, interatomic forces and intermolecular interactions.  Nanomechanics, material defects, elasticity, plasticity, creep, and fracture. Composite materials, nanomaterials, biological materials. Prerequisites: NANO 108.

NANO 156. Nanomaterials (4) (Cross-listed with MAE 166) Basic principles of synthesis techniques, processing, microstructural control and unique physical properties of materials in nano–dimensions. Nanowires, quantum dots, thin films, electrical transport, optical behavior, functional behavior and technical applications of nanomaterials. Prerequisites: Upper Division Standing.

NANO 158. Phase Transformations and Kinetics (4)  Materials and microstructures changes. Understanding of diffusion to enable changes in the chemical distribution and microstructure of materials, rates of diffusion. Phase transformations, effects of temperature and driving force on transformations and microstructure. Prerequisites: NANO 108 and NANO 148.

NANO 158L. Materials Processing Laboratory (4)  Metal casting processes, solidification, deformation processing, thermal processing: solutionizing, aging, and tempering, joining processes such as welding and brazing.  The effect of processing route on microstructure and its effect on mechanical and physical properties will be explored. Prerequisites: NANO 158

NANO 161. Material Selection in Engineering (4)  Selection of materials for engineering systems, based on constitutive analyses of functional requirements and material properties. The role and implications of processing on material selection. Optimizing material selection in a quantitative methodology. Prerequisites: NANO 108.  Priority enrollment given to nanoengineering majors. 

NANO 164. Advanced Micro– & Nano– Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (4) Materials for energy storage and conversion in existing and future power systems, including fuel cells and batteries, photovoltaic cells, thermoelectric cell and hybrids.Prerequisites: NANO 101, NANO 102, NANO 148.

NANO 168. Electrical, Dielectric, and Magnetic Properties of Engineering Materials (4) Introduction to physical principles of electrical, dielectric and magnetic properties. Semiconductors, control of defects, thin film and nano–crystal growth, electronic and optoelectronic devices. Processing–microstructure–property relations of dielectric materials, including piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric and magnetic materials. Prerequisites: NANO 102 and NANO 104.

NANO 174. Mechanical Behavior of Materials (4)  Microscopic and macroscopic aspects of the mechanical behavior of engineering materials, with emphasis on recent development in materials characterization by mechanical methods. The fundamental aspects of plasticity in engineering materials, strengthening mechanisms and mechanical failure modes of materials systems. Prerequisites: NANO 108.

NANO 174L. Mechanical Behavior Laboratory (4) Experimental investigation of mechanical behavior of engineering materials. Laboratory exercises emphasize the fundamental relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties, and the evolution of the microstructure as a consequence of rate process. Prerequisites: NANO 174.

NANO 199. Independent Study for Undergraduates (4-4) Research project as equivalent to a "senior thesis" can be approved for two NanoEngineering Elective courses (eight units). This course is taken as an elective on a P/NP basis. Eligible students must have completed at least 90 units and must have a UCSD cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The two NANO 199s must be done in consecutive quarters and the student must find a faculty member who will oversee the research project. After obtaining the faculty member's concurrence on the topic and scope of the study, the student must submit two forms to the Undergraduate Affairs Committee: Special Studies Course form (each quarter) and NANO 199 Contract form (the first quarter). These forms must be completed, approved, and processed prior to taking the 199. After the second quarter is completed, the student must submit an Undergraduate Student Petition to have the work accepted as two NanoEngineering Elective courses. A final report with a letter grade must be attached to the petition for the faculty member and Undergraduate Affairs Committee to review.  Detailed policy in this regard and the requisite forms may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office.