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The fields of NanoScience, NanoEngineering and NanoTechnology have become so broad as to make it impossible to construct a single and completely encompassing curriculum of “Nano.”  At WFU, our graduate course offerings focus on the core concepts of nanocharacterization, and nanomaterials.  We also offer integrative course experiences  through our courses in drug discovery, optics, condensed matter physics.  WFU ‘s field-integrated approach together with our focused course offerings, gives one of the best graduate education experiences in Nanoscience available while preserving the rigor of a more traditional degree such as Chemistry, BME, and Physics. 

PHYS 692 (spring) - Advanced Imaging - Electron Microscopy (1.5 hours)

An introductory course covering basic microscope design, setup, and alignment.  Imaging modes: Z-contrast, Dark-field, bright-field, and HRTEM together with diffraction methods are covered.  The course is accompanied by a set of lab exercises.  Taught only in the spring semester.

PHYS 691 (fall) - Surface Analysis (1.5 hours)

An introductory course on laboratory surface analysis techniques.  Basic vacuum technique, Auger, XPS/UPS, SIMS, LEED, and RBS is covered together with depth profiling and chemical bonding analysis.  EXAFS and EELS will also be introduced.  This course has a lab associated with it.


PHYS 692 (spring) - Advanced Imaging - Scanning Probes (1.5 hours)

This introductory course in scanning probes will focus on atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy.  Spectroscopic techniques will be discussed.  This course has a lab component. 

PHYS 691 (fall) - Introduction to NanoMaterials (1.5 hours)

A basic introduction to the synthesis and chemistry of nanoparticles.  

(New) Kinetics -

A follow on course to standard thermodynamics focusing on kinetics of phase formation.

These courses are taught yearly at the NanoCenter at 501 Deacon Blvd.