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NE 100s


NE 100 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011923
Introduction to Nanotechnology Engineering
An introduction to nanotechnology engineering and its various applications. Introduction to basic methods and principles used by engineers. Introduction to the engineering profession, including standards, safety, and intellectual property. Professional development, including résumé skills, interview skills, and preparation for co-op terms. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 1B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 101 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011915
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 1A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 102 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011916
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 1B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 112 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011924
Linear Algebra with Numerical Applications
Matrices, operations on matrices. Determinants. Adjoints and inverses. Solution of linear equations: elimination and iterative methods. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors with engineering applications. Numerical methods. Complex numbers. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 1A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 113 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011925
Engineering Computation
Introduction to digital computers, hardware and software organization. Programming fundamentals. Algorithms and control structures. Computer communication. Spreadsheets for problem solving, plotting, fitting data, building new functions, and making iterations and loops. Problem solution, plotting, and creating complex programs in an engineering prototyping programming environment. Elementary numerical methods (e.g., Taylor-series summations, roots of equations, roots of polynomials, systems of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, integration). Applications in nanotechnology engineering. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 1A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 115 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011926
Probability and Statistics
Elementary probability theory. Random variables and distributions. Binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions. Elementary sampling. Statistical estimation. Tests of hypotheses and significance. Regression. Goodness-of-fit tests. [Offered: W]
Prereq: MATH 117, NE 112; 1B Nanotechnology Engineering students only.
Coreq: MATH 119

NE 121 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011928
Chemical Principles
Chemical reactions. Mass and charge balance. Introduction to the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Chemical kinetics. Chemical equilibrium. Applications of chemical equilibrium principles to proton-transfer and electron-transfer reactions. Electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Periodicity and chemical bonding. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 1A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 122 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012237
Organic Chemistry for Nanotechnology Engineers
Structure, nomenclature and reactions of important classes of organic compounds. Interconversions of functional groups. Mechanisms of chemical reactions. Introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy. [Offered: W] No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: NE 121; 1B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 125 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012238
Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
Fundamentals of crystalline structure, crystal defects, and noncrystallinity. Structure and properties of metals, ceramics, glasses, semiconductors, amorphous materials, polymers, and composites. Processing and concepts of engineering design of materials. [Offered: W] No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: NE 121; 1B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 131 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011930
Physics for Nanotechnology Engineering
A first course in physics that introduces basic topics in classical mechanics, wave mechanics, and physical optics. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 1A Nanotechnology Engineering students only;
Coreq: MATH 117

NE 141 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011931
Electromagnetism
Coulomb's law and electric field, Gauss' law and electric flux, energy and potential, dielectrics, capacitors and capacitances, Poisson's and Laplace's equations, electric currents, metallic conductors, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws, resistances, electric energy dissipated, Ampere's circuital law, magnetic circuits, Faraday's law, inductances, electric energy stored. [Offered: W]
Prereq: MATH 117, NE 112; 1B Nanotechnology Engineering students only.
Coreq: MATH 119

NE 200s


NE 201 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011917
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 2A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 202 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011918
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: S]
Prereq: 2B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 220L LAB 0.25Course ID: 012582
Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory
Labs following the NE 125 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering course. Lab topics are: Mechanical stress-strain test on metals, polymers and semiconductors; Measurement of heat capacity of materials; Measurement of Tg of polymers; Characterization of macro-, meso- and micro-structures of materials, using optical microscopes; Mechanical stress-strain test on alloys and ceramics. [Offered: F]
Prereq: NE 125; 2A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 224 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011933
Biochemistry for Nanotechnology Engineers
An introduction to the chemistry of amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Structure and properties of proteins and enzymes. [Offered: F]
Prereq: NE 121, CHEM 28, 28L; 2A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 225 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012239
Structure and Properties of Matter: From Nanoscale to Bulk
Fundamentals of bonding in solids: ionic, covalent and metallic bonding. Physical structure of matter: crystalline and non-crystalline solids, and the fundamentals of diffraction theory and practice. Crystal defects. Amorphous materials, including polymers and glasses. Electronic structure of solids. Optical, electronic, magnetic and dielectric properties of materials. [Offered: F]. No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: NE 121, 125; 2A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 226 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011934
Characterization of Materials
Materials structure analysis. Materials composition and chemical bonding analysis. In-situ analysis and fabrication process parameters monitoring. Materials properties characterization. [Offered: S]
Prereq: NE 125, 232; 2B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 232 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011935
Quantum Mechanics
This course is designed to introduce students to quantum mechanics and its application to nanoscale science, using the quantum mechanical description of physical systems based on the Schrodinger formalism. [Offered: F]
Prereq: MATH 119, NE 121, 125, 131 2A Nanotechnology Engineering students only;
Coreq: MATH 211

NE 233 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011936
Macromolecular Science 1
Basic definitions and polymer nomenclature, molecular weight averages and distributions, constitutional and configurational isomerism, rubber elasticity, step-growth and free-radical chain-growth polymerizations, emulsion polymerization. [Offered: S]
Prereq: NE 225; 2B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 242 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011937
Electronic Devices
Introduction to semiconductor devices and theory, energy bands, carriers, carrier transport, homojunctions, heterojunctions, charge, pn junctions, biasing, equilibrium, transient behaviour, MOS devices, bipolar devices, disordered semiconductors, thin-film devices, organic semiconductors, solar cells, and sensors. [Offered: S]
Prereq: NE 125, 141, 232; 2B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 300s


NE 301 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011919
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: S, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: 3A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 302 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011920
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 3B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 307 TUT 0.25Course ID: 011963
Introduction to Nanosystems Design
Introduction to the engineering design process. Students form a four-person project team and start a team-oriented project to comprise a significant design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses and on co-operative work terms. [Offered: F, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: 3B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 318 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011938
Mathematical Methods for Nanotechnology Engineering
Introduction to Fourier series and their use in boundary value problems. Review of the conservation laws and associated differential equations. Mathematical description of solids and fluids: forces, displacement, stresses, strains and their relations. Analysis of the response of micromechanical systems to electrical, thermal, magnetic, and mechanical forces. Viscoelastic properties of polymeric and biological systems. Fundamentals of transport phenomena: mass, heat, charge, momentum and energy. Molecular transport mechanisms. [Offered: S, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: MATH 211, 212; 3A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 320L LAB 0.25Course ID: 012874
Characterization of Materials Laboratory
Follow-up labs associated with the NE 226 (Characterization of Materials) course. Lab topics may include: Reflective, transmissive, and polarized light optical microscopy; surface topography, and image analysis by scanning electron microscopy; film thickness determination by ellipsometry; crystal lattice measurements by x-ray diffractometry, infrared and Raman spectroscopy. [Offered: S]
Prereq: NE 226; 3A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 334 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011939
Statistical Thermodynamics
Statistical mechanics vs. thermodynamics. Probability theory. Microcanonical and canonical ensembles. Entropy. General formulation of statistical thermodynamics. Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein and Boltzmann statistics. Quantum ideal gases. Specific heat of solids. Metals: the electron gas. Radiation: the photon gas. [Offered: S, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: NE 115, 225, 232; 3A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 335 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011940
Macromolecular Science 2
Aspects related to macromolecules in nanotechnology, biomacromolecules, and nanostructure polymers including examples of applications of macromolecules in the nanoworld. [Offered: F, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: NE 233; 3B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 336 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011941
Micro and Nanosystem Computer-aided Design
Modeling and simulation. Lumped versus distributed approaches. Review of differential-equation systems, constitutive relations, boundary conditions, and solvers for complex, coupled transport problems pertinent to micro and nanosystems. Coupling strategies. Numerical schemes for nonlinear systems. Basic modeling and simulation of micro and nanosystems, and fluidic systems. Relevant nanotechnology applications: optical, thermal, mechanical, and fluidic microstructures, and nanoscale devices. [Offered: F, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: MATH 211, 212, NE 224, 318,334; 3B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 343 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011942
Microfabrication and Thin-film Technology
The key processes for electronic device fabrication. Single crystal growth. Substrate preparation. Homoepitaxy, heteroepitaxy, and molecular-beam epitaxy. Ion implantation. Oxidation and diffusion. Physical and chemical vapor deposition. Sputtering and evaporation. Etching. Micromachining. Spin coating and printing. Photolithography. Effects of device scaling on chip performance. Process integration. Yield and reliability. [Offered: S, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: NE 121, 125, 233, 242; 3A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 344 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011943
Electronic Circuits and Integration
Basic circuit theory. Circuit definitions. Nonlinear elements. Opamp circuits. Diode circuits. Transistor terminal characteristics. Circuit biasing and load line. Small-signal equivalent circuits. Single stage small-signal amplifiers. Introduction to digital circuits, the transistor switch, inverter circuits, ring oscillators and delay analysis, static and dynamic characteristics of basic digital circuit operation. Small, medium, and large-scale integration, circuit layout and integration issues. [Offered: S, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: MATH 119, 211, NE 242; 3A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 345 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011944
Photonic Materials and Devices
Review of geometrical and wave optics, electromagnetic spectrum, the eye, optical measurements and instrumentation. Coherent radiation and lasers. Optical communications and optical networks. Optical detectors. Photonic devices. Displays. [Offered: F, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: NE 121, 131, 232, 241, 242; 3B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 352 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011945
Surfaces and Interfaces
Surfaces and interfaces in microelectronics and nanofabrication. Physicochemistry of interfaces. Capillary phenomena and molecular self-assembly. Structure and properties of clean and adsorbate covered surfaces (metals, semiconductors, oxides). Reactions at surfaces and catalysis. Surface electrochemistry, growth and diffusion, nanoscale structure formation/surface patterning, biological interfaces. [Offered: F, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: NE 225, 226, 232, 334; 3B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 353 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011946
Nanoprobing and Lithography
Testing and manipulating methods in nanotechnology, with a focus on techniques related to optical tweezers and scanning probe microscopes. Methodologies for nanostructural characterization, including surface-analysis electrodes, multiphoton laser microscopy and spectroscopy (e.g., near-field scanning optical microscopy). Special topics in nanopatterning, biocell or proteome analysis, and soft lithography. [Offered: F, first offered in 2008]
Prereq: NE 224, 335, 343; 3B Nanotechnology Engineeering students only

NE 400s


NE 401 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011921
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: F, first offered in 2009]
Prereq: 4A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 402 SEM 0.00Course ID: 011922
Class Professor Seminar
General seminar about the Nanotechnology Engineering program and related research. [Offered: W, first offered in 2010]
Prereq: 4B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 408 PRJ 0.15Course ID: 011964
Nanosystems Design Project
Completion of the design work for the project started in NE 307. [Offered: F, first offered in 2009]
Prereq: NE 307; 4A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 409 PRJ 0.35Course ID: 011965
Nanosystems Design Symposium
Presentation of the design project from NE 307 and NE 408. Teams communicate their design in the form of a final report, a poster, and a seminar presentation. [Offered: W, first offered in 2010]
Prereq: NE 408; 4B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 459 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 012240
Nanotechnology Engineering Project
A nanotechnology engineering assignment requiring the student to demonstrate initiative and assume responsibility. The student will select a project at the end of the 4A term. Students can propose their own project. A faculty member will provide supervision. A project report is required at the end of the 4B term. [Offered: W, first offered 2010] No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: 4B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 461 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011947
Micro and Nanoinstruments
Fabrication technology for development of micro and nanosensors, actuators, and modules (e.g., microelectromechanical systems, nanoelectromechanical systems, micro or nanofluidics channels). Integration using examples drawn from chemical analysis micro and nanoinstruments. An overview of current micro and nanoinstruments. A preview of anticipated future developments. Concepts learned are applicable to other micro or nanosystem designs. [Offered: F, first offered in 2009]
Prereq: NE 242, 335, 343, 344, 352, 353; 4A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 469 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012241
Special Topics in Micro and Nanoinstruments
Topics in this theme area may include: micro and nanosensors, micro and nanoactuators, micro and nanofluidics, micro and nanoscale fabrication, emerging and unconventional nanofabrication technologies. (Note: Each year, at least two elective courses will be offered in this theme area. For a current list of offerings, see the Associate Director for Nanotechnology Engineering.) [Offered: W, first offered in 2010] No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: NE 461; 4B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 471 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011951
Physics, Technology, and Applications of Nanoelectronics
Transport phenomena. Quantum confinement. Single molecule transistors. Resonant tunnelling devices. Large area and mechanically flexible electronics. Deposition and patterning techniques. [Offered: F, first offered in 2009]
Prereq: NE 232, 242, 335, 343, 344, 352, 353; 4A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 479 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012242
Special Topics in Nanoelectronics
Topics in this theme area may include: quantum effects in electronic devices, molecular electronics, solid state nanoelectronics, organic electronics, advanced nanofabrication technologies such as vacuum deposition, electron beam patterning and nanolithography. (Note: Each year, at least two elective courses will be offered in this theme area. For a current list of offerings, see the Associate Director for Nanotechnology Engineering.) [Offered: W, first offered in 2010] No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: NE 471; 4B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 481 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011955
Introduction to Biosystems
Overview of biomedical engineering principles, with respect to physiological impact on artificial or engineered systems. Discussion on biocompatibility, immunogenic and biofunctionality integrity. Miniaturization of biomedical analytical devices. DNA chips, peptide chips, protein chips, cell chips. Nanoscale biomembranes for biomolecular separations. [Offered: F, first offered in 2009]
Prereq: NE 115, 122, 125, 226, 233, 352, 353; 4A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 489 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012243
Special Topics in Nanoscale Biosystems
Topics in this theme area may include: nanoscale biomaterials for medical and drug delivery devices, biointerfaces, biomembranes, nanoscale patterning on biological interfaces, biomicroelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS), biomimetics, biochips, self-assembly of peptides and proteins, bioseparation, biosensors. (Note: Each year, at least two elective courses will be offered in this theme area. For a current list of offerings, see the Associate Director for Nanotechnology Engineering.) [Offered: W, first offered in 2010] No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: NE 481; 4B Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 491 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011959
Introduction to Nanoengineered Materials
Introduction to inorganic nanostructured materials and nanoscale crystalline materials. Inorganic nanocomposites. Effects of scale on interfaces and properties. Natural and synthetic nanostructured materials. Synthesis and processing. Theoretical and experimental interpretation of structure-properties relationship in nanostructured materials. [Offered: F, first offered in 2009]
Prereq: MATH 211, NE 226, 335, 336, 352; 4A Nanotechnology Engineering students only

NE 499 LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012244
Special Topics in Nanoengineered Materials
Topics in this theme area may include: membrane nanotechnology, nanoengineered catalysts, nanoengineered polymers, and nanocomposites; manufacturing of nanotubes, nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanowires and other nanomaterials (Note: Each year, at least two elective courses will be offered in this theme area. For a current list of offerings, see the Associate Director for Nanotechnology Engineering.) [Offered: W, first offered in 2010] No Special Consent Required.
Prereq: NE 491; 4B Nanotechnology Engineering students only


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