Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles

NME 220







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NME 220 – Spring 2013

Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles

Course Coordinator: Professor René M. Overney

245 Benson, 206-543-4353, E-mail the instructor


Teaching Assistants:

    Vance Jaeger (e-mail:, Benson Hall, B17


    Percy Weintraub (e-mail:,  Foege Hall, N310



MWF       12:30-1:20   GWN 301 (Lecture – attendance mandatory)

F               1:30-2:20   MLR 301 (Recitation – attendance mandatory)


Office Hours:


Overney:                            W 1:30-2:30 (Benson 245)

Jaeger:                               Thu  12:30 - 1:30 (Benson B17)

Weintraub:                          Thu 1:30 - 2:30 (Foege N310)


Course Textbook: Nanotechnology – Understanding Small Systems (2nd Ed.) by B. Rogers et al., CRC Press (2011)


Prerequisites:  Either CHEM 142, CHEM 144, or CHEM 145; either MATH 126 or MATH 136; PHYS 121



Course Description

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:

- introduce theories and concepts of nanoscale systems based on fundamental principles,

- give students an appreciation for the importance of nanotechnology in science and engineering,

- provide a basis for continuing education in molecular and nanoscale science and engineering.


Student progress is measured with weekly homework and exams, whether students master the theories and concepts of nanoscale systems.

Course Credit and Attendance

Course credit is based on the performance in Homework and Participation in Class and Recitation (20%), Exam 1 (25%), Exam 2 (25%) and Exam 3 (30%). Attendance is required for lectures and recitations.



Two one-hour exams and a two-hour comprehensive third 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 electronically on Monday and due the following Monday at the beginning of the lecture at 12:30 p.m.

Homework Assignments and Solutions are posted at

HW is graded based on effort! To pass this course a 75 % HW score is required.

Required Readings

Assigned as part of the homework.

Schedule Details

Apr. 1         No Lecture – HW1 and Reading Assignment


Apr. 24       Exam 1: Wednesday, 12:30-1:20 p.m. (GWN 301)


May 15       Exam 2: Wednesday, 12:30-1:20 p.m. (GWN 301)


May 27       Holiday


Jun. 7        Exam 3: Friday, 12:30-2:20 p.m. (GWN & MLR 301


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Homework Assignment and Posted Homework Solutions




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.


Departmental Options Programs in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME)

NME 220 is a required course for NME Option Programs offered at the University of Washington ( ).

For more information or questions concerning specific departmental NME Option Programs, please contact the appropriate departmental Student Advising Office:



Student Advisor

Faculty Liaison


Kelli Jayne Nichols

Dan Ratner

Chemical Engineering

Dave Drischell

René Overney

Electrical Engineering

Brenda Larson

Karl Böhringer

Materials Science & Engineering

Stanley Choi

Christine Luscombe

Mechanical Engineering

Margo Segimoto

Jae Chung