The Center for Nano Science and Technology explores new device concepts and associated architectures that are enabled by novel phenomena on the nanometer scale. It catalyzes multidisciplinary research and education in nanoelectronics, molecular electronics, nano-bio and bio-fluidic microstructures, circuits, and architectures. It facilitates collaborations between participating faculty from the departments of electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, and physics.
The specific research objectives of the Center are: to optimize the synthesis, purification, and separation of specific SWNT for specific applications; to develop smart SWNT films that can interact with light and molecules in a predictable way for sensor and biosensor applications; to develop novel SWNT-metal composites with improved mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties; to investigate the interactions between SWNT and living cells for development of diagnostic techniques and explore potential health effects.
The research of the Fischer group at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Materials Science and Engineering covers the novel nanomaterial systems such as carbon nanotube and semiconductor nanowires
The University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering offers new Master of Science Degree program in Nanotechnology. The program has options for Nano Enabling Energy, Nano Enabling Medicine, Nanoelectronics and more.
The group's research lies at the interface of engineering, physics, material science, and biology with the main themes of nanophotonics and nanotechnology. Diffraction limit of light need be overcome in order for us to investigate the optical properties of matter on the nanoscale. Plasmonics, due to the interaction of light with conduction electrons in a metal nanoparticle, offers confinement of light on the nanometer scale along with the enhancement of local electric fields. These properties make plasmonics crucial for nanooptics.
A certification in Nanoscale Science and Technology documents that a graduate student has mastered fundamental principles and practical implications in the core areas of the field. The certification program is open to all graduate students in good standing at Penn and is designed such that students in BE, CBE, ESE, MEAM, and MSE can accomplish this within their degree program, i.e. without extending the time to graduation.
The Institute of NanoScience and Engineering is an integrated, multidisciplinary organization that brings coherence to the University's research efforts and resources in the fields of nanoscale science and engineering.