Bottom-Up Meets Top-Down: An Integrated Undergraduate Nanotechnology Laboratory

The goal of this Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering program is to develop an undergraduate-level nanotechnology laboratory course consisting of 10 portable lab modules that will provide students with hands-on experience in nanotechnology. The theme of this project is the integration of nanotechnology with microsystem technology, i.e., bottom-up synthesis meeting top-down fabrication. It will bridge the “pillars” of nanotechnology – nanomaterials, nanofabrication, nanoscale characterization and nanodevices.

Over 500 undergraduate students at NCSU are expected to be affected by the new lab course. Overall, this project will encourage more US students to pursue graduate study related to nanotechnology and to train a workforce for the emerging nanotechnology industry.

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Yong Zhu
Principal Investigator

Dr. Gail Jones
Co-Principal Investigator

Joseph Tracy
Co-Principal Investigator

Jingyan Dong
Co-Principal Investigator

Xiaoning Jiang
Co-Principal Investigator

Elysa Corin
Graduate Assistant

Gina Childers
Graduate Assistant



National Science Foundation