MAT_SCI 444: Organic Nanomaterials

Quarter Offered

Fall : TTh 5:00 ; Gianneschi


The materials science and chemistry of soft nanomaterials for myriad applications including nanomedicine. Preparative and synthetic approaches to organized, assembled, discrete nanomaterials will be described. Course will include an in depth discussion of advanced characterization techniques and strategies for this class of material.

Who Takes It

MSE, BME and Chemistry undergraduates and graduate students. Generally taken by graduate students interested in nanomaterials. Can be taken as early as sophomore year or as late as senior year for undergraduates.

What It's About

The class covers techniques for preparing and characterizing complex nanomaterials mostly generated from polymers. The course will include a brief summary of synthetic approaches to designed, engineered polymers and how to access precision materials at the nanoscale from these polymers. A large portion of the class will include exciting new developments in the characterization of these materials including scattering methods and advanced electron microscopy including liquid phase and cryogenic TEM. Evaluation is by a midterm exam, a research proposal (written and orally presented), and a final exam.


  • Polymeric materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanomedicine
  • High resolution imaging methods
  • Electron microscopy
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Liquid phase TEM
  • Cryogenic TEM
  • Light scattering
  • Neutron scattering
  • X-ray scattering

Textbook: None required