Term: Winter 2009
|Published: July 5, 2012
||Revised: July 6, 2012
This course presents how to make and assemble nanostructures—particularly nanotubes, nanowires, and nanoparticles—into devices and materials ranging from transistors to films, fibers, and structural composites. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique properties of these building blocks, and how properties scale from the individual elements to bulk material architectures. Scalability is governed by the physical interactions among the structures, and the ability to manipulate and order nanostructures using chemical, mechanical, and electrical means. Our goal is to design new materials and devices using nanostructures, along with elegant and efficient manufacturing processes that can realize the promise of nanotechnology at commercially-feasible scales. The course culminates in a team project that proposes a novel device or manufacturing process that uses nanostructures, such as a new architecture for a photovoltaic cell or battery electrode, or a self-assembly or printing process.
Instructor: John Hart
Course level: Graduate
Available on: iTunes U
About The Instructor
John Hart is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Art+Design at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At Michigan, John leads the Mechanosynthesis Group, whose research aims to create new manufacturing technologies for micro- and nanoscale materials and devices, and for their assembly and integration at larger scales. John also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in design, manufacturing, nanomaterials, and research methods. more...
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000