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Teaching Basic Nanofabrication Processing Using Core Facilities

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Multidisciplinary and Capstone Experiences in Manufacturing Education

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13.1148.1 - 13.1148.8



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James Ejiwale Jackson State University

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Teaching Basic Nanofabrication Processing Using Core Facilities


Nanofabrication is “manipulating and assembling materials atom by atom” and it is used to create materials, devices, and systems with new and unique properties. This involves the application of nanofabrication processing equipment, devices and materials. It behooves industrial technology programs to prepare students with skills necessary to supervise and manage the workforce of any organization that desire to implement nanofabrication technology. This paper addresses the educational aspects of research facilities and nano-research clusters for nanofabrication processing at Jackson State University (JSU).


Nanotechnology and its capability to control the structure of matter precisely at the molecular level of the nanoscale presently is being explored for innovation in industry and learning institutions. The new industrial revolution has made possible the modification of materials and devices. Therefore, it is essential to prepare the present and future workforce with the required technical skills and knowledge necessary to support the emerging field. It is also our goal to make highly technical knowledge of nanotechnology modeling, visualization and fabrication a “common knowledge” for middle school, high school and community college students.

What is nanotechnology?

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica¹ (2008), nanotechnology is defined as “the manipulation and manufacture of materials and devices on the scale of atoms or small groups of atoms.” Nanotechnology is the creation of materials, components, devices and systems at the atomic or nanometer level. Given this structural modification, products designed and created with materials at this scale will perform exceptionally. Nanotechnology as a buzz word is currently viewed from two major perspectives, science and technology. From the scientific perspective, it concerns a basic understanding of physical, chemical, and biological properties on atomic and near-atomic scales. On the technological perspective, it employs controlled manipulation of these properties to create materials and functional systems with unique capabilities.

Given the need to prepare IT program graduates with skills necessary to function in the capacity of a technologist, manager or supervisor in any organization that desire to implement nanofabrication technology, the Department of Technology has proposed a nanotechnology modeling course to enhance nanofabrication processing experience in the industrial technology undergraduate program. Hands-on activities on this course will be enhanced through interdisciplinary nano-research clusters utilizing the research facilities in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) where research has currently begun. This approach will

Ejiwale, J. (2008, June), Teaching Basic Nanofabrication Processing Using Core Facilities Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4339

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