Prerequisite/Corequisite: Enrolment in the MSc/MASc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is required.
Description: This course introduces all students in the MSc/MASc Nanoscience and Nanotechnology program to the core science and engineering principles required for working at the boundary between these two nano-disciplines. It serves to ensure all students have a solid theoretical foundation in physical science and engineering principles to understand advanced topics in nanoscience and/or nanotechnology. It is comprised of four modules (two science-based and two engineering-based). Case studies complement lectures and provide students with a cross-section of backgrounds, disciplines and training. Emphasis is placed on collaborative work, learning to communicate across boundaries, directed learning and literature survey techniques. Course modules can include, but are not limited to: chemical and physical properties of materials at the nanoscale, synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructures, nanomaterials characterization, introduction to quantum physics of nanomaterials, current limitations in nanoscience, interaction of biological systems with nanomaterials, toxicity and environmental risks of nanomaterials, environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, and nanotechnology at the food-energy-water nexus.