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Nanotechnology in itself has become very multidisciplinary. This Thread will give a brief (ok, maybe it is little detailed) outline of it.

Generally Nanotechnology programs will be offered separately or jointly by different departments such as Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical, Material Sciences, Applied Physics, Chemistry of the same university.

What am I looking at?

Common research topics in the discipline include:
Nanostructures
Nano-materials
Nano-photonics
Bionanotechnology
Computational Nanotechnology
Quantum Nanostructures and photonics
Spintronics
Nano-electronics
Nanoscale devices
Nanomechanics & Nanomanufacturing

Let us take a more serious, department-oriented look in to the course and research areas,

Nanophysics: will be a part of Masters in Applied Physics. This area includes research in photonics, spintronics and nanomagnetism, semiconductors, polymers, molecular materials, and nano-engineering and devices. It is a mixture of physics and some electronics. The programs usually will have courses such as Semiconductor physics, Quantum physics and you will study about synthesis, function of macromolecules. And there are more of optical properties, electromagnetic behaviour, magnetic resonance and the physics of nanostructures.

Nanochemistry: similar to the physics track this is the chemistry track and moves in to molecular engineering. Basically you face chemistry at nanometer scale. Typically it involves photochemistry of molecular materials, electrochemical methods of inorganic chemistry, Physical Chemistry of Polymers etc.

Nano-Electronics: involves post CMOS computing technologies, Fabrication of nanoscale devices, developing Nanoscale Application Specific Integrated Circuits, NEMS modelling etc. You will learn spin effects in quantum dots, modeling of nanocrystal floating gate flash memory devices, nanoscale Si MOSFET's and what not.

Nano-Biotech: Nanobiology, Biophysics of membranes, Biomachines Bioresponse measurement and process control blah [Image: sFun_blahblah.gif]
There. Stop you should probably move to bio forum.

Nanomaterials: you will work on carbon nanotubes, polymers, biomaterials, nanostructured materials.... mainly concentrating on ‘novel’ nanomaterials

Nanomechanics: NEMS and sensors. Nanomanufacturing research area lies within Mechanical and is concerned with cost-effective manufacturing of reliable nanodevices and their commercialization.

Nanocomputing: or say Computational Nanotechnology which is pretty much like computational fluid dynamics or computational biotech. It has to do with the theory of nanodevices and simulation. Nanocomputing might also extend towards quantum computing and the like.

Now where do I start?

[Image: google.gif] Decide on the program and look for universities that offer programs of your choice. Shortlist universities based on the department rankings and then take a look at what they do, their research.


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In US

Universities’ research centers

Brown University
Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale innovation
Nano and Micromechanics Lab
Optoelectronics Lab

Caltech
The Kavli Nanoscience Institute Caltech
Rouke’s Group Caltech

CMU
CNXT
Dr.Philip LeDuc -Molecular and cellular biomechanics; mechanotransduction; biological microfluidics and MEMS; Bionanotech..

Columbia University
NSEC
Center for Nanostructured Materials
Also for Material sciences look for Prof. Billinge's Research Group and Prof. Marianetti's Research Group
Columbia Laboratory for Unconventional Electronics sounds unconventional right? Razz worth checking out Wink

Cornell
Cornell Nanoscale Systems
Nanobiotech center

Drexel
Nanomaterials Group
A.J. Drexel Nanotechonology Institute
Nanophotonics Lab
BioMEMS Lab
Good for material science research

Georgia Tech
Centre for MEMS and Mictrotechnology
Interconnect and Packaging Center
Nanotech Research Center
GT is the place if you are interested in nanoscale chip design. Then you might also want to have a look over UMass Amherst.

MIT
MIT Nanotechnology and Quantum information processing
MIT MECHE
DMSE,
CMSE
Bio – Their research includes biomechanics, nanoscale engineering of biological systems

Northwestern University
What after nano.. ? all that quanta. Speaking of which there comes photon, oh there you are
Center for Quantum Devices
Nanophotonics Devices Lab

PennState
Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization
nano@pennstate
Nanoelectronic Devices and Circuits Lab
Micro and Nanodevices Group
Mayer Research Group
ChemEng look for Seong Kim Group and Janna Maranas Group

Purdue, West Lafayette
Birck Nanotech Center
NRL
Appenzeller Research Group
For Computational Nanotechnology - Purdue is the place! They have created a network for computational nanotechnology. Link is below ~Nanohub

Stanford
Stanford Nanofabrication
Thermoscience nanoscale
GLAM
Material Science- Research areas include Nanomechanics, Nanocharacterization, Nano biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials

UIUC
Centre for nanoscale science and technology
CEMMS
Quantum Materials
MNTL

UC Berkeley
Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute
COINS
ANQCF
CONSRT
BNC

UCLA
Western Institute of Nanoelectronics
California Nanosystems Institute with UCSB
nanoDTL
The Ozcan Research Group It is bio- nano- photonics
Prof Pei

UC Riverside
CNSE
Nano Device Lab
Quantum Structures Lab
latte Terascale and THz Electronics
Mat sci/Bio check Haberer lab

UC San Diego
ECE Research
NanoEngineering

University of Maryland, College Park
Maryland Nanocenter
Centre for Nanophysics and Advanced materials
Green Nanophotonics Lab
MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab
Nanophotonics Group
Photonics Research Lab
In addition they also have Microsystem, Nanoelectronics, Semiconductor Nanotechnology and Quantum Devices Lab
Maryland MEMS and microfluids
LOMSS

UMass Amherst
Nanodevices and Integrated Systems Lab
Nanoscale Computing Fabrics Lab
Computational nanoelectronics

UMich Ann Arbor
Nanotech for Bio/Medicine
Lurie Nanofab
Solid State Electronics

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Nanostructures and biosensing
Laboratory of Nanophotonics and Nanomechanics
Heterogeneous Integration Laboratory (HIL)
Nanotech

UPenn
Nano/bio interface center
UPenn has Masters in Nanotechnology and it is concentrated towards bio, material science. Not much nanoelectronics work going on afaik.

USC
USC Nanotechnolgy

UT Austin
SWAN
MRC

University of Virginia
Nano Computing
Nanoeducation
Materials Nano

University of Washington
Center for Nano
Krishnan Research Group
BioMEMS mzhang Group

UWisc Madison
NSEC
Center for nanotech
Applied MicroE

Virginia Tech
Micron
Micron Biotic/Abiotic Systems
Nano/pharmacoengineering

National level research labs

Center on Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA)
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure network
DARPA Microsystem Technology Office


In Europe

Universities

TU Delft DIMES
Erasmus Mundus EMM Nano Program
KUL, Belgium Nanotech
KTH, Sweden Masters in Nanotech
TU Eindhoven Nanoscience under Applied Physics
Aalto Micro and Nanotech Programme
University of Twente Nanoelectronic Materials
Dresden Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Materials Research
Grenoble Phelma

European research centers

IMEC
CEA
MINATEC
CEA Leti Institute
Research in Germany

Other Useful links

Nanohub
NanoOrg

Industries

SEMI

P.S: Seniors and other active members, would be glad if you could pitch in and add more info Smile

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First of all thank you so much for a wonderful list.
I would like to enquire about research centre and groups in the above list. How to apply to them, do they also give MS or Phd. For college we need Gre and other stuff. Is that also needed for these groups.
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What a brilliant thread. Thank God there is finally an input from the world of nano. Will be very useful.

Can you throw some light on where do people working in the field of nanotechnology get employment opportunities? Nanomaterials especially. Does it restrict them to research or Nano has advanced to commercial level?

And also, you forgot Department of Chemical Engineering. Many universities ChE dept offer nano courses. Wink

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I have one more question, is there any department ranking list for university offering nanotechnology?
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krish2cool These are research group/centers of universities and if you are enrolled as a graduate student at those universities, you might get the opportunity to work there.

On ranking list [Image: google.gif]

GSCHM Oh na I did not forget ChemE Razz I have provided the nano research group/center links of all dept. Still in progress Smile

And on career you can find employment in research and development laboratories in industry, at Philips, ASML, DSM in Europe, here TI, IBM etc. For Materials there are many semiconductor, manufacturing companies that take people in,
Applied Materials. Inc for example and more.

Better you click on all links above and check out their industry partners WinkWink

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Wonderful work, The Black Swan! I'm sticking this thread.

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The Black Swan wonderful work!

I'd like to add a couple of points. Pennsylvania State University is also an active hub for nanotech research. Below are few labs that may be of interest.

Prof. Suman Datta
Prof. Theresa Mayer
Prof. Srinivas Tadigadapa

The NNIN website provides detailed information on research going on at selected few colleges across the U.S. This website is particularly useful if you need an overview of specific areas of research in each of those colleges. Nanotechnology being a vast field as TBS pointed out, it becomes important to choose schools that concentrate on the line of research that you're interested in.

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Optimus Prime Thanks for the inputs.. updated Smile

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How is University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Nano field, found these links about the research groups
http://nanobio.umn.edu/Home.html
http://www.ece.umn.edu/users/moli/
http://www.ece.umn.edu/~hjacobs/HOJinterest.html

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It's a very good thread for Nano. Good job black swan. Guys let me know if you need info specifically on IMEC & KUL Nano program and Europe in general.

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To add to the list of universities in USA good for Nanotechnology, anybody looking to go ahead for a degree program in Nanotechnology can also look at the following universities as options
1. University of California-San Diego: They have a degree program in Nanoengineering
2. University of North Carolina Greensboro
3. State University of New York at Albany- Their CNSE center is coming up very well

Also I think these two universities have been left out from the list of institutes engaged in Nanotechnology related research

Drexel University- A.J.Drexel Nanotechnology Institute
Rice University (Brown)-Richard.E.Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology also known as Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

One of my professors had been to Drexel University on a sabbatical and he recommended Drexel for someone with keen interest in Nanomaterials

Apart from all this, Canada can also be looked at for research in Nanotechnology

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from research perspective in europe the Epfl nano engineering is an elite program.
they got The Microsystems and Nanoengineering Laboratory (LMIS-1) which already had narrowed down to the record size of solar films.nano electronics and control is one of best .
http://www.lmis1.epfl.ch

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A lot of research in Nanotechnology has also been devoted to Space Technology.

Quite interestingly, I have so far come across, two research groups that are solely devoted to studying the applications of Nanotechnology in space science and astronomy. I am listing them as below

1. MIT Space Nanotechnology Laboratory
2. TU Delft CosmoNanoscience Group


There could also be other professors working along these research lines as part of the Astrophysics groups in the Physics departments of various universities. You can google more if you are interested.

A good amount of time and money is being spent off late in studying the applications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Astronomical Instrumentation. This, thus, can be looked at as an area with immense potential for research.

Now, for those who would be wondering as to what is the use of this Space Nanotechnology research, well, here is what I have to say.

You can engage yourself in Space Nanotechnology research by obtaining a degree in Applied Physics. Having done that, you can pursue a Ph.D in Astronomy or Astrophysics and either thereafter or as a Masters student itself work in the space observatories. You could also get into academia.

Another interesting career option, could be that of an Astronaut Very Happy. Well, I am not sure that many would consider it because, for most international students like us, it will be an extremely difficult path to pursue, especially, since the requirements for an Astronaut as set by NASA or ESA are very high and will require good deal of time to meet them. Nevertheless, its an adventurous career option, worth considering Very Happy.

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I had attended My Experience at Third International Conference in Frontiers of Nanotechnology 2011 at Cochin.
It was conducted by CUSAT.

There were our Indian Universities , IITs, NITs and Universities from all over India. Also, There was NUS, NTU and TU Chemnitz.

Workshop had Professors from Renessalear Polytechnic Institute, Rice university , Polytechnico De Turino -- Italy , Argonne Lab - USA , CSIR labs, NCL - India and so on. I met some people from University of Barcelona

TU Chemnitz and IITM papers won the best paper award.

I am an Electronics and Instrumentation Engineer and interested in Nano-systems.

What is your opinion about MS in Nano and Micro Systems at TU Cheminitz

Any other Universities other than Dresden and Chemnitz for Nano in Germany?

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