Cross disciplinary in nature, the AAS-T degree combines elements of materials science, chemistry, biology and physics, electronics and engineering. Students will be exposed to clean room procedures including an understanding and maintenance of nano/micro fabrication and characterization equipment.
The PNNL operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy, is a recognized leader in nanomaterials and nanobiology. Together with other Battelle managed labs, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they represent a diverse collaborative team in nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanotechnology
After admission to a participating department, graduate students can apply for our 'Option Ph.D. in Nanotechnology' program. Fulfillment of both departmental and Nanotechnology Program requirements will lead to a Ph. D. in Nanotechnology and the chosen discipline.
The NanoTech User Facility (NTUF) is available to both academic and industrial users nationwide. NTUF houses leading-edge instruments for characterization and fabrication at the micro- and nanoscales. Imaging tools include a field-emission scanning transmission electron microscope (S/TEM) with tomography capability, a field-emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy-dispersed spectrometry, a laser scanning confocal microscope, a Raman confocal microscope, a fluorescence microscope, and two Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPMs). Fabrication tools include a fully equipped soft lithography shop and electron beam lithography capability in the SEM.
The state's nanotechnology leaders, including the Washington Technology Center, Avogadro Partners, LLC, the University of Washington, Washington State University and Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with seed funding sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, have come together to launch the Washington Nanotechnology Initiative (WNI).