The Advanced Technical Certificate is designed for the student who wishes to transition into the Nanotechnology field from a traditional science education background. To be admitted to the Advanced Technical Certificate, the student must hold an Associate or Baccalaureate degree with a concentration in a Physical or Natural Science discipline of either Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering. A minimum of 8 credits in Physics coursework including laboratory training is required. The Certificate will prepare students to transition into careers in emerging nanotechnology industries as nanotechnicians in research and development corporations, fabrication, biology/agriculture, medicine, electronics, and material science.
NUANCE Center integrates three existing complementary instrumentation facilities at NU: EPIC, NIFTI, and Keck-II under a unified management umbrella, and consolidated into contiguous space. These three facilities are a unique, centralized, resource for the NU community and beyond.
The area of concentration in nanoscale physics prepares students to investigate structures and systems at the interface of classical and quantum physics at nanometer length scales. It provides a hands-on, inter-disciplinary introduction to the cutting-edge science and technologies associated with exploring nanoscale phenomena. This area of concentration is especially well-suited for physics majors with inter-disciplinary career interests in biology, chemistry, and/or engineering.
The Bio-inspired Sensors and Optoelectronics Lab (BISOL) has a general goal of producing novel photonics and optoelectronic devices inspired by nature. Current research is focused on infrared detectors and vision systems, nano-scale lasers, visible to terahertz plasmonics, and novel nano-processing.
The Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly (NAMSA), one of the first federally and privately funded nanotechnology facilities of its kind in the nation, is home to scientists and engineers dedicated to the pursuit of new technologies.
The Institute for Nanotechnology was established as an umbrella organization for the multimillion dollar nanotechnology research efforts at Northwestern University. The role of the Institute is to support meaningful efforts in nanotechnology, house state-of-the-art nanomaterials characterization facilities, and nucleate individual and group efforts aimed at addressing and solving key problems in nanotechnology.
The MEMS and Nanomechanics group is focused on characterizing mechanical behavior and properties of materials at small scale, biomaterials and artificial bio-inspired materials, materials at high strain rates, and on developing the expertise and tools to address micro and nanoscale fabrication and testing.
The research of the Mirkin Research Group at Northwestern focuses on developing methods for controlling the architecture of molecules and materials on the 1-100 nm length scale, and utilizing such structures in the development of analytical tools that can be used in the areas of chemical and biological sensing, lithography, catalysis, and optics.
The group's vision is to develop innovative technologies that harness biomolecular activity perfected by nature towards applications in cellular interrogation, bio-energetic/functional materials development, and next-generation medicine.
The Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for Integrated Nanopatterning and Detection Technologies is driven by a vision to develop innovative biological and chemical detection systems capable of revolutionizing a variety of fields.
The group harnesses molecular recognition and self-assembly processes in template-directed protocols for the synthesis of functionalized and mechanized molecules, prior to their being introduced into integrated nanosystems.
The convergence of multiple disciplines creates a synergy capable of overcoming persistent barriers and filling knowledge gaps to allow for transformational, revolutionary, and embryonic opportunities with many technological applications. The Institute's tools and research methodologies include in-depth analysis using convergence of multi/trans-disciplinary S&T fields, focused on nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, cognitive sciences, artificial intelligence, robotics, and genetics.