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NanotechnologyThese introductory level modules are a series of thought-provoking nanotechnology presentations filled with in-depth material for students and workers of all knowledge levels. These modules are designed to be used in workshops, courses, and overview lectures to introduce nanotechnology and its applications.

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Module 1: Nanotechnology: What Is It, and Why Is It So "BIG" Now?

Description: This module gives an overview of nanotechnology, what the word "nanotechnology" means, and where it comes from. It also explores the differences between the macro-scale, micro-scale, and nano-scale. Finally, this module explores how old nanotechnology is with a brief history and concludes with why nanotechnology is so popular today.

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Module 2: A Brief History of Nanotechnology

Description: This module explores the history of nanotechnology: from Romans using gold and silver nanoparticles in their glasswork 2,000 years ago to modern day where nanoparticles are being used in cancer treatments.

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Module 3: A Snapshot of Nanotechnology Today

Description: This module gives a snapshot of nanotechnology today including the worldwide investment in nanotechnology, workforce demands, and some examples of nanotechnology being used to enhance consumer products.

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Module 4: The Uniqueness of the Nano-scale

Description: This module covers the unique attributes of the nano-scale and some examples of these unique attributes, including small size, high surface to volume ratio, surface forces in relation to bulk forces, quantum mechanical effects, and wave properties of light.

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Module 5: How Do We "See" Things at the Nano-scale: An Introduction to Characterization Techniques

Description: This module provides an introduction to characterization techniques including transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy tools, and quantum mechanical tunneling.

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Module 6: How Do You Make Things So Small: An Introduction to Nanofabrication

Description: This module provides an introduction to nanofabrication including what is made through nanofabrication, now nanofabrication is directed, and the various processes involved in nanofabrication: top-down, bottom-up, and hybrid.

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Module 7: How Do You Build Things So Small: Top-Down Nanofabrication

Description: This module gives an in-depth exploration of the process of top-down nanofabrication including the basic steps: deposition, pattern transfer, etching, and materials modification.

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Module 8: How Do You Build Things So Small: Bottom-Up Nanofabrication

Description: This module gives an in-depth exploration of the process of bottom-up nanofabrication including the basic steps: building-block fabrication and self-assembly.

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Module 9: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine

Description: This module provides various examples of the impact of nanotechnology on biology and medicine. Biology topics include intra-cellular machinery and cancer cell structure. Medicine topics include disease intervention, drug delivery, and disease detection.

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Module 10: Nanotechnology: Impact on Microelectronics

Description: This module explores the impact of nanotechnology on the field of microelectronics, the latest innovations, alternatives to nano-scale microelectronics, nanoelectronics, and moltronics.

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