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This paper will discuss six experimental modules that were developed to provide hands-on experience for undergraduate students interested in nanoscale science and technology in theCollege of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and the College of Arts and Sciences(A&S) at the University of Cincinnati. The six modules were integrated into two new courses(three modules for each course) entitled Nanoscale Devices and Environmental Aspects ofNanotechnology that were developed as part of an NUE grant to enhance undergraduateeducation in nanotechnology and engineering at UC. Nanoscale Devices addresses importantcontemporary issues including design, construction, and emerging applications of nanoscaledevices, while Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology discusses environmental applicationsof nanotechnology as well as the environmental impact of nanotechnology. The new coursesbuild on the background that students have gained in existing courses entitled Introduction toNanoscale Science and Technology and Experimental Nanoscale Science and Technology toprovide students at UC with outstanding education in nanoscale science and engineering. Allfour courses are offered yearly; they will form the basis for a minor focused on interdisciplinarynanoscale science and technology that will be developed subsequently, and are cross-listed byCEAS and A&S, making them readily available to students in many different disciplines.Modules developed for the course Nanoscale Devices are entitled Synthesis of Nanoparticles asSensor Building Blocks, Making Wireless Biosensors Using a Nanomanipulator, andElectrochemical Sensors in Fluidic Channels. Modules developed for Environmental Aspects ofNanotechnology are entitled Magnetic Separation of Toxins by Applied Fields, MagneticMeasurement of Nanoparticles, and Active Nanosystems for the Destruction of Toxins in Water.Details of the modules as well as results obtained during the first presentation of the modulesduring the autumn and winter quarters of 2010-2011 will be discussed. As part of an outreach program, the six experimental modules were adapted forpresentation to students in the Summer Institute (SI) conducted by CEAS. SI is a five-weekprogram designed to increase the awareness and interest of underrepresented ethnic students inSTEM fields. The program targets students from high schools and junior high schoolsthroughout the greater Cincinnati area. Results obtained from presentation of the modules in SIduring the summer of 2010, including extensive feedback from students, will also be discussed.
Boerio, J., & Dionysiou, D. D., & Papautsky, I., & Pelaez, M., & Schulz, M., & Huth, C., & Shanov, V. N., & Shi, D. (2011, June), Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education: Development of Experimental Modules Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18973
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