20 November 2001


New Course (EE600-1 and Lab EE600-2)

MWF 1:00 -1:50, Spring 2001

321 Lutz Hall, Belknap Campus

In the last decade there have been profound advances in man’s ability to physically interact in numerous ways with small numbers of molecules and even individual atoms. In addition to the fundamental scientific discoveries, practical technologies have been developed and (e.g. in the case of surface profiling microscopes) have been rapidly and successfully commercialized. Today’s research is likely to lead in the next decade to single electronic memory chips that have more storage than today’s largest hard drives, bioprobes that can chemically sense and perform reactions at selected molecules within a single living cell, computing chips that are based on the quantum interference between single electrons, and materials, structures and electronic devices self-assembled through our detailed knowledge of chemical affinities. Thus, nanotechnology is expected to dramatically change electronics, computers, manufacturing, medicine, and the physical sciences over the next several decades.

This special topics course will survey the current state-of-the-art in Nanotechnology through selected readings, special topic reports from the students, and invited guest lecturers from researchers in the field. The course is open to senior and graduate students in most scientific disciplines. An optional companion laboratory EE 600-2 Nanotechnology Practice will be offered with primary emphasis on techniques of atomic scale imaging and nanoscale surface modifications using the atomic force microscope. The course will be taught by:

Robert W. Cohn, Professor of Electrical Engineering, is the Director of the ElectroOptics Research Institute and Nanotechnology Center, University of Louisville. Prior to joining UofL he was a Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments, Inc. His research activities have included information processing using various analog technologies, signal processing device design and fabrication, and most recently nanolithography. He currently is principal investigator on the grant Kentucky Research Initiative in Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology, which is designed to jump start nanotechnology research and teaching at the University of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

For additional information contact: Professor Robert W. Cohn, The Electro-Optics Research Institute and Nanotechnology Center, Lutz Hall Rm. 442. (502) 852-7077,,