Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Physics

The field of nanoscience is concerned with the study of matter on the nanoscale (10-9m), a scale where the fundamental quantum mechanical interactions that determine the properties of materials take place. The key and revolutionary aspect of nanoscience is that we are now able to manipulate matter on the nanoscale and can fabricate materials with unique properties by design.

The physics of nanoscience is concerned with the understanding of quantum mechanical interactions between arrays of atoms or molecular species on the nanometre scale. Using this knowledge, materials can be designed with specific physical, chemical or biological function. The application of nanoscience is huge and spans the three Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) as well as Engineering and Material Science.

For students who enrolled prior to 2018, there is a major in Nanoscience and Technology. The details of this major are described in the Table 1 entry in the Science Undergraduate Handbook.

For students enrolling from 2018, there is a new program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, available within a four-year combined degree. (A program is a component of the new curriculum suited to interdisciplinary topics, defined by a major plus unique elements.) In the new curriculum, there is no longer a Nanoscience and technology major: it is replaced by the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program. Physics is one of the two possible majors within the Program, the other major being Chemistry. See the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program Table A entry in the Science Handbook for complete information on the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program.

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