Bionanotechnology is a distinct specialization of nanotechnology. The use of biomolecules requires that solid-state nanomaterials and nanodevices are compatible with an aqueous environment. This has many particle surface chemistry and device design implications, setting bionanotechnology apart from, for example, pure nanoelectronics or nanophotonics. Because the biological molecules of interest are notoriously difficult to obtain and to stabilize outside a cellular environment, a thorough appreciation of biochemical and biophysical methodology is essential, requiring skills outside conventional engineering curricula.
(note: 'bionanotechnology' does not refer to genetic modification etc, which is part of programs such as 'Biotechnology' or “Biomedical Engineering'). Research and investment in bionanotechnology is driven by the engineering sciences, life sciences, and the medical sciences, and we will provide a close interface with these areas
Electronic technologies have evolved to the extent that modern device features are measured in nanometers. As a result of this, many new device concepts, fabrication methods and characterisation techniques have emerged.
Nanotechnology has become a key area of research within the School, and internationally it is an increasingly important feature of modern electronics manufacture and research in industry. Our recently completed state-of-the-art Nanofabrication centre provides the backdrop for three different MSC programmes that we offer in this area: Nano-electronics and Nano-technology, Micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), and Bio-Nanotechnology. All three degrees will offer substantial training and experiments in our clean room facility.
Semester 1: Integrated circuit design; Introduction to bionanotechnology; Introductions to MEMS; Lab on chip; Microfabrication; Nanoelectronic devices; Optical fibre communications; Research methods
Semester 2: Bionanotechnology lab project; Biosensors; Independent research review; Instrumentation and sensors; Logic and quantum devices; Memory and spintronic devices; MEMS lab project; MEMS sensor and actuators; Nanofabrication and characterisation; Photonic devices
Semester 3: Three month, individual research project, culiminating in a dissertation
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International Student Requirements:
All students should meet the University's English Language requirements. US students who have been taught and assessed in English do not need to provide evidence of their ability.