Ph.D. Nanoscience by UNCG

Ph.D. of Nanoscience – UNCG


Nanoscience, PhD. Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering by UNCG

Director of Graduate Studies Dennis R. LaJeunesse drlajeun@uncg.edu (336) 285-2866
Department Chair Dr. Daniel Herr djherr@uncg.edu (336) 285-2862

The Ph.D. in nanoscience requires a minimum of 60 credit hours and is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in nanoscience theory and experimental techniques through course work and dissertation research. Advanced elective courses in nanoscience areas ensure students will have substantial depth of understanding in their area of interest and enable them to effectively carry out advanced nanoscience research.


In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal statement indicating their interest in the program and a current Curriculum vitae. Students are admitted for the Fall terms. The deadline to apply is March 15th.

JSNN encourages early applicants! Ph.D. applications are processed on a continuing basis and decisions on admission are made when the application file is complete.

Fundamentals of Nanoscience Courses (15 credit hours)

Mathematical Methods in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (3)

NAN-601: Theory and Application of Nanochemistry (3)

NAN-603: Theory and Application of Nanophysics (3)

NAN-602: Theory and Application of Nanobioscience (3)

NAN-604: Nanotechniques (3)

Laboratory Rotations (4 credit hours)

In the first two semesters of study, students will rotate through four research labs (seven weeks in each lab) to become familiar with research at JSNN and to provide training in laboratory techniques needed for dissertation research. With the advice of the advisor/committee and permission of the faculty member responsible for the lab, students will select labs based on their interests.

NAN-611: Nanoscience Laboratory Rotation (4)

Professional Development Seminars (2 credit hours)

In the first two semesters of study, students will take professional development seminars that will expose them to a variety of research and professional development topics such as intellectual property issues, confidentiality, ethical issues in nanoscience, writing successful grant proposals, effective presentation and writing skills, etc.

NAN-621: Professional Development Seminar I (1)

NAN-622: Professional Development Seminar II (1)

Qualifying Examination

Students will take a qualifying exam on their knowledge of the fundamentals of nanoscience at the end of their first year of full-time student in order to continue in the program.

Advanced Nanoscience Electives (15 credit hours)

Beginning in the second year of the program, each student will choose 3-4 doctoral-level elective courses from the following areas: physics, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology and environmental science. Students may substitute dissertation research for two electives in the third year with the consent of the student’s advisor/committee.

Dissertation Research (24 credit hours minimum)

By the end of the first year, students will select a dissertation advisor and prepare a dissertation proposal. Students will present their proposals to a general JSNN audience in the form of a seminar and defend the proposal in the form of an oral exam.

Dissertation research begins in the second year and students will take a minimum of 3 hours of dissertation research each semester.

Students will complete a written dissertation of their research and give a public oral presentation of the completed work. The student also must defend orally the dissertation to the dissertation comment. The seminar and defense must occur in the same term that the student applies for graduation.

NAN-799: Nanoscience Dissertation Research (24)

Seminars: Students are required to attend departmental and JSNN seminars so they may acquire a broad understanding of various current problems in nanoscience. Teaching Experience: Students are required to gain the equivalent of two semesters of teaching experience, which may be met through a variety of means. Students will work with their advisor/committee to develop a suitable plan to gain appropriate teaching experience.

Course

Description

Credit Hours

NAN 601- Nanochemistry

Review of materials chemistry, synthesis of nanoparticles such as carbon nanotubes and fullerenes, chemical reactions and a survey of medicinal chemistry for pharmaceutical applications Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 602- Nanobiology

Emphasis on cellular and intracellular mechanisms including biological self-assembly, cytoskeletal interactions, protein folding, membrane dynamics, biological energetics, and cell-cell interactions as well as biomaterials. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 603- Nanophysics

Emphasis on the areas of physics critical to nanoscience including solid state physics, statistical mechanics, quantum concepts, biophysics, chemical physics, and nanodevices based on semiconductors. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 604- Nanotechniques

Fundamental techniques used in nanotechology, including methods for nanofabrication, nanocharacterization, and nanomanipulation. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 605- Mathematical Methods

An emphasis of this required course will be on the areas of mathematics critical to nanoscience and nanoengineering including application of differential equations to numerical and analytical modeling of nanostructures. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 609- Nanosafety

An interdisciplinary course utilizing variety of academic disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology). Addresses the impact of nanomaterials through the range of organization that exists within living systems (molecular to societal). Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 611- Analytical Chemistry Nanoscience

A 7-week laboratory rotation intended to develop skills with scientific equipment and provide initial experience with nanoscale research. Four distinct laboratory rotations are required for the PhD in nanoscience. Notes: May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

1 (0:1)

NAN 615- Intro Spectrscopy Methods in Nanoscience

This course will introduce spectroscopy methods that, widely used in physics, chemistry, and biological sciences, provide knowledge for estimating applicability ranges of various methods, and teach basics of spectroscopy instuments and data analysis. Prerequisite: NAN 601, NAN 603, NAN 605.

3 (3:0)

NAN 620- Immunology Nanoscience

A study of the molecular and cellular basis of the immune system. Topics include the properties of antigens and immunoglobulins, the development and regulation of humoral and cell-mediated immunity, resistance and immunization to infectious diseases, allergies, and autoimmune and immunodeficiency disorders. Prerequisite: UNCG graduate student in sciences

3 (3:0)

NAN 622- Professional Development

Workplace issues including business plans, globalization, emerging issues in nanotechnology, and further development of writing and presentation skills, innovation, and entrepreneurship Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 621- Professional Development

Descriptions Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 625- Molecular Biology in Nanosciences

Descriptions Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (2:3)

NAN 626- Introduction to Stem Cell Biology and Ethics

Fundamental issues, experimental approaches, and emerging areas in stem cell research accompanied by an understanding of the attendant ethical issues that arise from their use in healthcare applications. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 630- Advances in Nano-biosensors

Interdisciplinary cutting-edge advances in biosensors with nano-perspectives; specific emphasis on fundamentals, principles and progresses of various types of nanobiosensors, and applications in disease diagnosis, biomedicines, life science and environmental monitoring Prerequisite: NAN 601, NAN 602, NAN 603, or equivalent courses; Corequisite: Graduate students at UNCG or JSNN or permission of instructors.

3 (3:0)

NAN 655- Nano Biometrics & Nano Biomaterials

Emphasizes the biomimetic and biological materials development and characterization. Topics range from natural to synthetic biomaterials, characterization of biomaterial properties, and discovery and application of novel biologically inspired materials. Prerequisite: NAN 602, NAN 604, or permission of instructor

3 (3:0)

NAN 692- Directed Studies in Nanoscience

This course gives students flexibility in guided readings, research, and individual project work under direction of a staff member that compliments their graduate project related to nanoscience. Repeatable up to 4 credits. Permission of the Director of Graduate Study in Nanoscience and the professor who will supervise the study.

(1-4)

NAN 698- Professional MS in Nanoscience Intership

Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

6 (0:24)

NAN 699- Master’s Thesis

Individual research for the completion of a Master’s Thesis. Prerequisite: NONE

(1-6)

NAN 705- Macromolecular and Supramolecular Chemistry Nanoscience

This course provides the fundamental concepts of macromolecular and supramolecular chemistry, self-assembly methodologies for supramolecular architectures, synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials and their applications in nanoscience and nanoengineering. Prerequisite: Nanochemistry (NAN 601) or Advanced Organic Chemistry course (CHE 553) or equivalent.

3 (3:0)

NAN 710- Scientific Integrity

Explores contemporary issues related to scientific integrity and responsible conduct in research. Case-driven topics expose students to the issues that arise in scientific research and ways to handle these issues. Prerequisite: Student at UNCG or JSNN or Permission of Instructor

1 (1:0)

NAN 711- Experimental Nanoscience

ALL experimental courses. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 730- Nanoscale Reactions

A comprehensive introduction to principles, mechanisms and applications of homo-and heterogeneous chemical or physic-reactions from nano-scale perspective incorporating recent research activities from selected peer-reviewed articles. Corequisite: Graduate student at UNCG or JSNN or permission of instructors. Notes: Nanoscience, chemistry, biology and physics graduate students. Prerequisite:NAN 601, NAN 602, NAN 603 or equivalent courses

3 (3:0)

NAN 735- Nanomaterials and Reactions by Design

Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor. Nanoscience graduate students must have completed JSNN’s Fundamentals of Nanoscience Courses, i.e. NAN 601, 602, 603, 604 or NAN 701, or their equivalent. Offered Every odd year in Spring semester

3 (3:0)

NAN 740- Nonlinear Waves in Biological Excitable Media

Dynamics of reaction-diffusion waves and implementation of theoretical methods to the analysis of these waves in cardiac muscle and nerves. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 745- Nanoimaging

Use of nanoparticles for in vivo diagnostic medical imaging and therapy. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 750- Nanomedicine

General underlying mechanisms leading to inflammation, infectious disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease and the potential nanotechnology has on diagnosing, preventing, and treating these diseases. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor. Basic biology.

3 (3:0)

NAN 771- Computational Quantum Nanochemistry

Fundamentals of computational quantum mechanics and related computational methods applicable to nanoscience. Includes hands-on computer exercises. Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

3 (3:0)

NAN 799- Nanoscience Dissertion Research

Dissertation individual research of a Doctorial Dissertation Prerequisite: NONE.

(1-3)

NAN 802- Dissertation or Thesis Extension

Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

(1-3)

NAN 803- Research Extension Individual Study

Prerequisite: Graduate student in nanoscience or permission of instructor.

(1-3)

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