What you will learn
- Essential physics of transistors, including modern nanoscale transistors.
- How to design high-performance nanoelectronics.
- Technology considerations and circuit applications.
- How to model modern photonic nanostructures and fiber optics.
- How to account for quantum transport phenomena in nanoscale devices and spintronics.
Nanoelectronic devices are an integral part of our life, including the billion-plus transistors in every smartphone, each of which has an active region that is only a few hundred atoms in length. This previously unimaginable scale has become possible by thoroughly understanding the critical mechanisms that take place at the scale of individual atoms and molecules. Similarly, nanophotonic devices are built into the core of modern life through technologies such as fiber-optic communications, also known as the backbone of the internet.
You can now learn how to design advanced nanoelectronics and nanophotonics from the creators of nanoHUB, the global nanotechnology research and education portal, even with no prior background in nanotechnology or quantum mechanics. A uniquely designed sequence of courses will help you develop a unified understanding of the essential physics of nanoscale electronic and photonic devices (e.g., field effect transistors, interconnects, lasers and modulators) as well as their important applications in integrated circuits and future electronic and photonic systems.
This sequence of short courses builds all critical concepts from the ground up. Starting from the familiar concepts behind Ohm’s law, the lessons in these short courses lead naturally to a new perspective on even some of the basic physics concepts. This unique viewpoint not only clarifies many old questions about what happens at smaller length scales than we can readily observe but also provides a powerful approach to new questions at the frontier of modern nanoelectronics, such as how devices can be built to control the spin of electrons or other exotic states. Concepts and applications in nanophotonics and fiber optics communications are also discussed. Furthermore, you will learn about the key enabling characteristics of the latest advances in nanophotonic, plasmonic, and metamaterial components and systems.
These courses are intended to be broadly accessible to students in any branch of science or engineering. Students should have a basic familiarity with calculus, elementary differential equations, and elementary circuit concepts such as Ohm’s law. No prior acquaintance with quantum mechanics is assumed. An introductory level understanding of basic semiconductor physics will also be helpful. This topic will be briefly reviewed in this MicroMasters® program and pointers to web-based lectures that cover background topics will be provided.
Our distinguished faculty will share their unique perspective built over 30+ years of leading-edge research and educational innovation in nanotechnology.
Courses in this program
PurdueX's Nanoscience and Technology MicroMasters® Program
- Started Jan 13, 20208–9 hours per week, for 6 weeks
From smartphones to satellites, semiconductors are everywhere. Tying together physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering, this easy-to-follow introduction provides the background needed to understand devices such as transistors and solar cells.
- Started Feb 17, 20208–9 hours per week, for 7 weeks
This course develops a simple framework for understanding the essential physics of transistors, including modern nanoscale transistors. Important technology considerations and circuit applications are also discussed.
- Started Mar 30, 20207–9 hours per week, for 5 weeks
Learn about the fundamentals of fiber optic communications, with emphasis on the historical background, current practice, and future directions.
- Started Mar 30, 20208–9 hours per week, for 5 weeks
This course introduces the non-equilibrium Green’s function (NEGF) method widely used to describe quantum effects in nanoscale devices, along with its applications to spintronic devices.
- Practically every modern electronic and integrated photonic system includes devices reliant on nanotechnology.
- Besides the electronics and photonics industries, nanotechnologists are highly sought in auto/aerospace industries, computing and biotechnology.
- The average salary for a nanosystems engineer in the United States is over $102K per year. This salary is expected to grow by 16% in the next 5 years (Source: Economic Research Institute).
Meet your instructors
Experts from PurdueX committed to teaching online learning
Nanoscience and technology are one of the key enablers of the latest tiny but powerful semiconductor devices today. Qualcomm’s mobile computing and communications products are also growing with the advance of nanotechnology. The nanotechnology MicroMasters program provided by Purdue, the global education and research leader in nanotechnology, would help students learn this important skill set applicable to the modern semiconductor industry.
In addition to hiring graduates of Purdue University, Rolls-Royce has been pleased to partner with Purdue to provide various opportunities for current employees to obtain advanced learning and/or degrees. We see the edX MicroMasters program as a structure by which targeted learning can take place that will help fill a gap and allow in-depth study, particularly in emerging technology areas.
We expect that a typical student will complete the MicroMasters program in two, or at most three, academic semesters.
The courses are offered on the Purdue academic calendar (https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/calendars/2018-19-Academic-Calendar.html) because most of these courses will be offered at the same time to students on the West Lafayette, Indiana USA campus of Purdue University. Courses will be offered during Fall and Spring semesters. In the future, we also hope to offer courses during the Summer.
YES, provided you apply to the program of interest, you are admitted to it, and you have completed the courses in this MicroMasters with a grade of B or higher. While your performance in this MicroMasters program will be an important evaluation factor, admission is not guaranteed.
YES, provided you apply to the program, you are admitted to it, and you have completed the courses in this MicroMasters with a grade of B or higher. While your performance in this MicroMasters program will be an important evaluation factor, admission is not guaranteed.