The degree starts with a foundation in mathematics and science and an introduction to technology and engineering. It then builds on these fundamentals to develop the basic skills of a chemical or process engineer and opens up to the ways of thinking of the nano-revolution. We keep the degree broad enough to equip graduates for a range of careers in New Zealand or overseas covering both biological and non-biological processes. There is an opportunity for individual specialisation and participation on the frontier of knowledge with the research project component.
As well as dealing with the novel properties of materials on the nanoscale, a key facet of the Nanoscience major is its interdisciplinary character including all of the fundamental sciences. Students will build on a foundation of maths, physics and chemistry before going on to study aspects of nanoscience itself, focussing on a choice from two options - either quantum nanoscience (with an emphasis on further physics and chemistry of modern nanomaterials) or bionanoscience (with an emphasis on biological macromolecules and nanostructures).
The NEST group performs advanced research in niche areas across the spectrum of applied engineering and basic science of nano-metre scale structures. The group focuses on fabrication and characterisation of nano-scale electronic and opto-electronic devices.
Dr. Simon Brown's group main research interest is in the properties of nanometre scale particles (called 'atomic clusters') and in developing ways of building nano-electronic devices from these clusters.