Course Fundamentals of Nanoscience and Engineering for Advanced Nano-Enabled Treatment Technologies

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Course Fundamentals of Nanoscience and Engineering for Advanced Nano-Enabled Treatment Technologies

Departamento de Ingeniería Civil y Ambiental
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Nanoscience and Engineering

What is nanoscience and nanotechnology? How can structures that are 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair be created? What kind of nanostructures are being developed to remediate the contamination of our environment? How can we "see" at the nano-scale? How is it possible to use such tiny things to create an impact? In this course you will obtain a rich understanding of nanotechnology fundamentals, the capabilities of nanotechnology tools, and how to use laboratory instruments for nano-scale fabrication, characterization, and to develop an understanding of the fate and transport of nanomaterials. The nanoscale is considered the next frontier where designs become reality to solve problems our society faces today. We will introduce you to the fundamental and practical knowledge, skills, and tools that you can use to turn your nanotechnology ideas into physical form and that will enable you to develop nano-scale solutions.

This course is designed to introduce senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as industry professionals to nano-scale materials and their potential environmental implications. Nanomaterial synthesis and modification for applications have progressed to a great extent in the last decades. Manipulation of the physicochemical properties of a material at the nanoscale has been extensively performed to produce materials for novel applications. Controlling the size, shape, surface functionality, etc., has been key to successful implementation of nanomaterials in multidimensional usage for environmental engineering applications, electronics, optical imaging, biomedicine, drug delivery and green energy-related technology.

Dirigido a

Senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as industry professionals, non-experts in nanotechnology.

This course will be taught in English. Students are expected to have a good level of communication in English (reading, listening, and speaking).

Objetivos

Students and industry experts will be exposed to the fundamental of nanoscience and nanotechnology, which will make them market-ready for future industry jobs and/or allow them generating new ideas for innovative products and devices relevant to environmental restoration.

Metodología

This course will be lecture-based during the first week.

This course will be taught in English. Students are expected to have a good level of communication in English (reading, listening, and speaking).

Contenido

The course will be lectured-based during the first week, introducing key principles of nano-scale physics, chemistry and biology. Specific topics to be covered in these class sessions include: the nano-scale phenomena, nano-scale physics, chemistry, and biology, synthesis methods of nanomaterials, characterization techniques, classification, natural vs. engineered nanomaterials, interfacial phenomena, aggregation behavior, deposition and transport, transformation, exposure and effects of nanomaterials for sustainable use of nanomaterials, and cause studies on nano-application.

Profesores

Jaime Guillermo Plazas Tuttle

Is currently an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Universidad de los Andes. Jaime received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental and Water Resources Engineering) from the Universidad of Texas at Austin in 2017. He also received a M.S. in Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012), a M.S. in Desert Studies (Water Resources and Management) from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in 2004), and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 2000. His doctoral dissertation was based on a novel nano-enabled system, the first to combine the irradiating energy of microwaves with a nano hetero-structure for water disinfection. His research interests include: i) the use of nanomaterials for water treatment and disinfection, ii) engineering applications based on environmental, iii) social projects to provide solutions that enhanced the quality of life of underserved communities, and iv) the use of alternative technologies for sustainable development.