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Nanotechnology Issues in Manufacturing

Elective Course: MEMA 489 Nanoscale Issues in Manufacturing

The senior elective course, MEMA 489 Nanoscale Issues in Manufacturing, is open to both science and engineering students who have the necessary prerequisites. It has both lecture and laboratory components. Since it covers a broad sweep of topics on nanoscale manufacturing, three members of the project team, Ibrahim Karaman (Mechanical Engineering), Winfried Teizer (Physics) and Terry Creasy (Mechanical Engineering), team taught the first version of the course that was offered in the spring semester of the 2003-04 academic year. Each faculty member developed lecture materials and laboratory experiments for about one-third of the course. After the team prepared the initial draft of the course materials, Terry Creasy taught the second iteration of the course in fall semester of the 2004-05 academic year. The course had three themes.

  • Theme 1: Methods and Techniques for Nanostructure Fabrication
  • Theme 2: Fabrication of Bulk Materials through Nanoparticle Consolidation
  • Theme 3: Design and Assembly of Devices and Multifunctional Materials Using Nanoscale Components


Session Topic
1 Introduction
2 Nanotechnology Overview
3 Lithography Lecture No. 1
4 Lithography Lecture No. 2
5 Lithography Lecture No. 3: FEMPRO for NUE

Simulation of Lithography with SolidWorks

7 Lithography Lab Lecture No. 1: Simulation Using Solidworks and FEMPRO
8 Lithography Lab Lecture No. 2: Simulation Using Solidworks and FEMPRO
9 Lithography Lab (continued)
10 Lithography Lab (continued)

Lithography Lab (continued)

12 Exam No. 1
13 Equal Channel Angular Extrusion (ECAE) Lecture 1 : Bulk Nanostructured Materials
14 Equal Channel Angular Extrusion (ECAE) Lecture 2 : Bulk Nanostructured Materials

Equal Channel Angular Extrusion (ECAE) Lecture 3 : Bulk Nanostructured Materials

Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD) Lecture 1

16 Exam No. 2

Nanoparticles and Electroactive Polymers


18 Conductive Polymers
19 ECAE or Polymer Lab
20 ECAE or Polymer Lab
21 ECAE or Polymer Lab
22 ECAE or Polymer Lab
23 ECAE or Polymer Lab
24 ECAE or Polymer Lab
25 ECAE or Polymer Lab
26 ECAE or Polymer Lab
27 Exam No. 3
28 Summary, Review, Evaluation

Course Materials

Faculty members who are interested in PowerPoint presentations, learning objectives, examinations, or concept questions that could be used in your course can contact any one of the three course instructors: Terry Creasy, , or .


This project was supported by the Division of Engineering Education and Centers of the National Science Foundation under grant number EEC-0304049. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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