Teaching a Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Laboratory Course to Undergraduate Students

  title={Teaching a Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Laboratory Course to Undergraduate Students},
  author={Yonglin Zhu and Joseph B. Tracy and Jingyan Dong and Xiaoning Jiang and M. Gail Jones and Gina Childers},
Here we report our efforts to teach the first multidisciplinary undergraduate nanotechnology laboratory course in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The course was designed to provide undergraduate students with hands-on experience in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The theme of this laboratory course is the integration of nanotechnology with microsystem technology, i.e., bottom-up synthesis meeting top-down fabrication. This course consists of seven carefully… Expand
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