Teaching Nanotechnology Across the Undergraduate STEM Curriculum
Nanotechnology is an exciting emerging field of research with applications in all STEM disciplines including the physical, chemical, life, Earth and environmental sciences and allied disciplines in materials science and engineering. Nanotechnology provides unprecedented opportunities for frontier research at the interfaces between these STEM disciplines by studying the properties of materials on the nanoscale (~1 billionth of a meter!). The development of engineered nanomaterials has applications in such diverse fields as energy capture and storage devices, delivery of pharmaceuticals, environmental health and safety (related to both natural and engineered materiasl), and development of next generation computational devices. Nanotechnology is and will be a major economic driver into the 21st Century, and there is high demand for a workforce trained in the methods of characterization and fabrication of nanoparticles. The National Nantoechnology Initiative Strategic Plan (PCAST, 2014) has set four goals: 1) Advance a world-class nanotechnology research and development program, 2) Foster the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public benefit, 3) Develop and sustain educational resources, a skilled workforce, and a dynamic infrastructure and toolset to advance nanotechnology, and 4) Support responsible development of nanotechnology.
This website is being developed to meet the need of introducing nanotechnology education across the STEM curriculum:
- For faculty, resources, tutorials, course descriptions, and teaching activities are provided to facilitate instruction in nanotechnology within established STEM courses or in a dedicated course on nanotechnology;
- For students, resources are provided to introduce and expand student understanding of nanotechnology, and to prepare for potential careers in nanotechnology.
Annual MONT Users Meeting, 2016
The Annual MONT Users Meeting, was held July 13, 2016, in the SUB Ballroom 235 at Montana State University, Bozeman.
MONT: Montana Nanotechnology Facility Webinar Series
- March 23, 2017 Webinar: From Microfluidics to Nano-optics: Building Devices in the Montana Microfabrication Facility, presented by Prof. David Dickensheets, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and MMF Director Dr. Phil Himmer, MMF Manager and MONT Primary User Liaison.
- December 7, 2016 Webinar: Imaging Microorganisms on Surfaces, presented by Philip S. Stewart and Betsey Pitts, Center for Biofilm Engineering Montana State University.
- May 17, 2016 Webinar: Material Characterization using electron microscopy and spectroscopy: Examples using SEM, XPS and Auger Webinar, presented by Dr. Recep Avci Professor of Physics, Dr. David Mogk Professor of Geology, Montana State University.