Courses

    All of the below information can be found on UVa's SIS.

    [ BME classes ]


    BME 4890 - Nanomedicine
    Students will design treatment strategies for cancer and cardiovascular disease based on molecular bioengineering principles. Special topics will include design of nanoparticle drug and gene delivery platforms, materials biocompatibility, cancer immunotherapy, and molecular imaging.  Prerequisite: BIOM 2104 or CHE 2246, BIOM 2222, fourth-year standing, or instructor permission; Recommended: BIOM 2240


    [ ECE classes ]

    ECE 5870/6870 - Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics

    A first-level graduate course that explains the quantum mechanics behind nano-scale electronics using Matlab.  Topics include problems in scaling the transistor, how to model charge transport in solid-state devices, quantum mechanics, atomic & molecular physics of electrical devices, band structure, density of states, Fock-space Rate equations, and self energy and NEGF transport.


    [ ENGR classes ]

    ENGR 2500 - Introduction to Nanoscience and Technology

    An introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology for students of all majors; Atomic-scale self-assembly based on chemical and biological processes, its application, ethical and technological opportunities and challenges produced; Lab using scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopes.  Lecture/discussion (ENGR 2500) will normally be combined with either a lab section (ENGR 2510) or a literature-based independent study project (ENGR 2520).  Pre-requisites: High school level chemistry and physics only.


    [ MSE classes ]

    MSE 4055 - Nanoscale Science & Technology
    Covers the basic phenomena exhibited by material structures at the scale of one hundred nanometers of less, and the applications to technology. The goal of the course is to provide students with fundamental physical principles which can be used to analyze nanoscale phenomena, the assembly of nanostructures, and their characterization. The description will include the behavior of clusters, nanoparticles, graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanoporous material, and examples from the natural world (DNA, membranes, cells, mineral nanostructures). Different methods of fabrication of nanostructures will be covered, from self-assembly to direct writing with electron beams. The course will give a broad view of current and potential applications, with consideration of economic an societal aspects of the technology.  Prerequisite: Exposure to Quantum Mechanics (MSE 367, PHYS 232, PHYS 252, or CHEM 361) or instructor permission.

    MSE 6310 - Nanomaterials
    Introduces relevant concepts governing the synthesis, science, and engineering of nanomaterials. Course modules cover the fundamental scientific principles controlling assembly of nanostructured materials; the types of nanomaterials that are extant; synthesis, measurement and computational tools; new properties at the nanoscale, and existing and emerging applications of nanomaterials.


    [ PHYS classes ]

    PHYS 5470 - Introduction to Molecular Biophysics

    Introduction to the physics of molecular structures and processes in living systems. Includes molecular structure analysis by X-ray (and neutron) diffraction; electronic configuration of atoms, groups, and small molecules of critical importance in biology; physical methods of macromolecular structure determination, in solution and in the solid state; thermodynamic and electronic factors underlying group interactions, proton dissociation, and charge distribution in macromolecule; solvent-macromolecule interactions; action spectroscopy; and rate processes in series and parallel.  Prerequisite: PHYS 331 or CHEM 361, PHYS 355 or CHEM 362, MATH 521, or instructor permission.

    PHYS 5820 - Introduction to Nanophysics

    An introduction to rapidly-evolving ideas in nanophysics. Covers the principles involved in the fabrication of nanosystems and in the measurement of phenomena on the nanoscale. Concepts necessary to appreciate applications in such areas as nano-electronics, nano-magnetism, nano-mechanics and nano-optics, are discussed.  Prerequisite: One course each in undergraduate-level quantum mechanics and statistical physics or instructor permission; knowledge of introductory-level wave mechanics and statistical mechanics; applications of Schroedinger equation, and Bose-Einstein.



    [ STS classes ]

    STS 2500 - Societal Dimensions of Nanote
    chnology

    Relates technology or engineering to the broader culture. Offered in Spring 2009 and taught by Dr. Michael Gorman and Dr. Nathan Swami, students get introduced to nanotechnology and the socio-technical system surrounding it, including a little bit about the patent process and the actors driving the field's development. Students will learn to exercise moral imagination by creating case-studies that obligate them to take on the roles case studies that show how technical and social aspects of problems and opportunities are intertwined. The course culminates in a dynamic role-playing simulation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative called "NanoSim."



    Majors

    Engineering Science - Nano Medicine Option
    http://www.seas.virginia.edu/acad/programs/engrsci/curriculum_nanomedicine.php