June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
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Instructional Laboratory For Visualization and Manipulation of Nanoscale Components Using Low Cost Atomic Force Microscopes
Visualization and manipulation of nanoscale components in the field of nanotechnology has many applications including bottom-up nanomanufacturing and the manipulation of DNA and viruses, prototyping of single electron transistors, and characterization and monitoring of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and semiconductors.
Scanning probe microscopy tools including the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) provide the tools for visualization and manipulation of these nanoscale materials. Scanning probe microscopes have been expensive and were used mainly by research universities and high tech industries. However, due to the increasing need for STM/AFM tools for teaching purposes, leading manufacturers of STM/AFM instruments have developed lower cost, high-value scanning probe microscopes with more user-friendly interfaces for student use. Developing new learning facilities and forging collaboration between different academic institutions and industry will lead to new curricula which will help train a knowledgeable workforce with suitable background to meet the demand of nanotechnology based industries.
The purpose of our paper is to discuss the results of establishing an instructional lab for the visualization and manipulation of nanoscale components using low cost AFMs for two and four year engineering technology programs. Development of an interdisciplinary minor in nanotechnology will also be discussed. This effort is supported through the National Science Foundation under the Course Curriculum Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program.
Introduction and Background
Recent growth in the field of nanotechnology has put a new demand on educators to train a knowledgeable workforce in this field with suitable background to meet the demand of nanotechnology based industries. According to Jack Uldrich 1 of Nano Veritas, the U.S. will need between 1 and 2 million new workers trained in nanoscience, with a majority requiring skills that must be taught at undergraduate level. Developing new learning facilities and forging collaboration between different academic institutions and industry will lead to new curricula which will help to meet the demand for technical personnel.
SUNYIT (State University of New York Institute of Technology) located at Marcy, New York and MVCC (Mohawk Valley Community College) located at Utica, New York, are currently teaching and developing courses in the area of nanotechnology, MEMS and semiconductor manufacturing technology in their practice oriented engineering technology programs. Both institutions are also involved in introducing elements of nanotechnology in other courses and programs. In order to provide hands–on instruction for these programs, it is important to include experimental study of ultra-small scale phenomena from the micro scale down to the atomic scale by way of visualization and manipulation of nanoscale
Qazi, S., & Decker, R. C. (2010, June), Instructional Laboratory For Visualization And Manipulation Of Nanoscale Components Using Low Cost Atomic Force Microscopes Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16720
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