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EEC242 – Advanced Nanostructured Devices

3 units – Fall Quarter; alternate years

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite: EEC 130A, EEC140A

Grading: Letter; homework (20%); midterm (25%); final (35%); final presentation on a recent journal paper (20%).

Catalog Description:

Physics of nano-structured materials and device operation. Overview of new devices enabled by nanotechnology; fabrication and characterization methods; applications of nano-structures and devices.

Expanded Course Description:

Nanoscale engineering is a fundamental skill needed for future generations of technologists to understand the world they will face. This course will review from a device perspective the current and foreseen advances in this field.

This course provides students with an overview of the field of nanodevices. It is designed to give students an understanding of the driving forces toward nanoscale in the technology of devices and systems, the advantages and implications of scaling down devices, the commercial impact, etc. Students will gain familiarity with advanced techniques needed to develop, characterize and verify nanoscale devices: materials, fabrication and device operation. Students will be introduced to methods of manufacturing nanoscale devices and systems – standard techniques as well as novel ones.

Students will be able to appreciate and explain the effects of nanoscale sizes in devices; understand manufacturing technologies at the nanoscale level, their advantages and challenges; identify opportunities for nano-scaling devices; discuss specific nanoscale devices such as sensors or FET’s made of nanotubes or nanowires, and explore possible novel applications.

  1. Introduction to Nanotechnology – Moore’s Law
  2. Physics of the Low Dimensional Materials, Quantization, Lateral Confinements (Quantum Electronics)
  3. Properties of Individual Nanoparticles
  4. Ensembles of Nanostructured Materials, Self Assembly
  5. Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots, Surface Effects, Transport Characteristics
  6. Nanoscale Optical Devices (Nano-emitter, Nano-detectors, Nanoscale Light Guides, etc.)
  7. Carbon Nanostructures (Carbon Based Fullerenes and Nanotubes)


  1. Simon Sze, Physics of Semiconductor Devices, 2nd Edition, Wiley Interscience 1981, Supplemented by handout materials.

Engineering Design Statement:

This course is not intended as a design class.

ABET Category Content:

Engineering Science: 3 credits
Engineering Design: 0 credit

Instructor: Islam

Course Overlap:
There is a small amount of overlap with course 245

Last revised: February 2006