CHME 467/567. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology


1. Course number and name

CHME 467. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

Dr. Hongmei Luo

4. Text book, title, author, and year

Nanostructures and Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications, by Guozhong Cao and Ying Wang, 2nd Edition, World Scientific 2011.

a. other supplemental materials

Twenty references distributed to class as reading homework

5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  The principal objectives of the course are to: i) introduce advanced processing methods for synthesizing nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanowires, nanotubes, mesoporous materials, thin films, ii) describe methods for characterizing the structure and properties of nanomaterials, iii) discuss current and emerging applications for nanomaterials.

b. prerequisites: CHEM 112, PHYS 211 or 215, CHME laboratory safety training co-requisites: none

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): elective

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will be able to

  • Understand the basic and state-of-art synthesis methods and applications in nanoscience and nanotechnology (student outcome (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering);
  • Do lab work to use tools and analyze data (Student outcome (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data);
  • Form a team for lab work and lab report (Student outcome (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams);
  • Present literature review and ask questions (Student outcome (g) an ability to communicate effectively).

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • Physical Chemistry of Solid Surface;
  • Quantum Dot;
  • Carbon Nanotube;
  • Nanowires;
  • Graphene;
  • Thin Films;
  • Mesoporous Materials;
  • Sol-Gel;
  • Colloidal Chemistry; T
  • emplate Synthesis;
  • Self-Assembly;
  • Epitaxial Growth;
  • Lithography;
  • Physical Vapor Deposition;
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition;
  • XRD;
  • Batteries;
  • Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer; and
  • Laboratory work for using XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM.

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: