ChemE 220 – Spring 2009
Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles
Course Coordinator: Professor René M. Overney
245 Benson, 206-543-4353, E-mail the instructor
Teaching Assistant / Grader: Ursula Koniges
UG Lobby Benson (Fri 2:30), E-mail TA
M/W/F: 10:30-11:20, BNS 115
F (Recitation): 12:30-1:20, CHL 105
Overney (BNS 245): Wed 11:30-1:00 (drop in)
Koniges (UG Lobby): Fri 2:30-3:30 (drop in)
Course Textbook: Nanotechnology – Understanding
by B. Rogers et al., CRC Press
Prerequisites: Either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145;
either MATH 126,
MATH 129, or
MATH 136; and PHYS 121
The course provides an introduction to
nanotechnology and nanoscience based on fundamental principles. It
introduces the students to macroscopic limits of material properties and
molecular structures, interaction forces, molecular transport properties,
thermodynamic principles, cooperative and nanoscale phenomena, and device
and process technologies.
Specific Course Objectives:
o introduce theories and concepts of nanoscale
systems based on fundamental principles,
o give students an appreciation for the importance
of nanotechnology in science and engineering,
o provide a basis for continuing education in
molecular and nanoscale science and engineering, and
o raise awareness of the technological and societal
transformation anticipated through nanotechnological progress in the near
Within the framework of the new accreditation procedure
(ABET) it is measured with weekly homework and exams, whether students
master the theories and concepts of nanoscale systems.
Course credit is based on the performance in Homework (10
%), Midterms (50 %) and Final Exam (40%).
Two one-hour midterm exams and a
two-hour comprehensive final exam. All examinations are required, and
there will be no make-ups. Missing an examination or not turning one in is
graded as a failure (0.0).
Weekly, assigned on Monday and due the following Monday
at the beginning of the lecture. The Homework Assignments and Solutions
are posted at
HW is graded based on effort! To pass this course a 75 %
HW score is required.
Assigned as part of the homework.
Mar. 30 Instructions begin
Apr. 22 Midterm Exam 1
22 Midterm Exam 2
Last day of instruction
June 8 Final
Exam: Monday, 8:30-10:20 a.m. (BNS
If any student has a learning disability or other
special needs, please inform the instructor the first week of class so we
can make special arrangements to accommodate you.