Nanotechnology: Applications and Opportunities

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Course Dates

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November 9, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
6–8 hours per week

Course Fee

Join the Growing Wave of Nanotechnology Professionals

Business leaders across a range of industries recognize nanotechnology's potential to create revolutionary change. From everyday products such as sunscreen to exotic applications such as electromagnetic shielding, nanotechnology has fostered novel use cases and more efficient, cost-effective processes in virtually every sector. Professionals with a good grasp of nanotechnology principles – including managers, researchers, and engineers – and the ability to envision applications in nearly any sector are in high demand.

Nanotechnology: Applications and Opportunities from MIT xPRO provides just a foundational understanding. In a mere six weeks, you will achieve a holistic view of nanotechnology from a renowned expert backed by the credibility of MIT.

There's Never Been a Better Time To Act

LinkedIn reports 5.4% year-over-year growth among professionals with nanotechnology skills as organizations look to seize on game-changing opportunities. Government agencies are also providing strong support for nanotechnology research. "Companies [that were] getting $99,000 [nanotechnology] grants are now worth over a billion dollars," says Mike Kiley of the National Nanotechnology Initiative , a U.S. government research and development effort comprising 30+ federal departments, independent agencies, and commissions.

USD 14.2 Billion

Estimated size of the U.S. nanotechnology market in 2022

(Source: ReportLinker)

USD 105,989

Average base salary for a nanotechnology engineer

(Source: Glassdoor)

Who Is This Program For?

Nanotechnology: Applications and Opportunities from MIT xPRO is designed for those who want to acquire a foundational understanding of nanotechnology from a credible expert in just six weeks.

  • Engineers: Stay relevant by learning the fundamental principles associated with the design, fabrication, methodologies, and implementation of nanotechnology in the global marketplace.
  • Researchers: Take a deeper dive beyond your existing knowledge of nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, or related fields and explore new applications to create new products or technologies while increasing efficiency.
  • Mid to senior tech managers: Get a holistic view of nanotechnology and its applications to maximize your potential contribution to the organization’s growth.
  • Project managers: Broaden your understanding of how nanotechnology-based products and solutions are conceived, researched, and developed in order to improve your ability to communicate and collaborate with team members.

Key Takeaways

This six-week program will provide you with a fundamental understanding of nanotechnology and its potential value in real-world products and applications. At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Identify different nanomaterials and technologies, including their unique properties and functions.
  • Assess the potential for introducing or expanding nanotechnology applications in a given industry, and articulate the value they can add, from design to final application.
  • Analyze the pros and cons of current nanotechnology tools and methodologies.
  • Evaluate the potential for adopting nanomaterials to an integrated system and identify possible challenges.
  • Analyze prospective social impacts of nanotechnologies, including potential risks or concerns related to sustainability and public health.
  • Conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis on a particular device and manufacturing process within a specific industry as part of your capstone project.

Program Highlights

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Earn a certificate and four Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT xPRO.

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In each module, build toward a capstone project featuring a SWOT analysis of a specific product.

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Gain insights from renowned MIT faculty and experts.

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Live weekly office hours with learning facilitators

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Personalized feedback, support, and network development

Program Schedule

Week 1:

Fundamentals of Nanotechnology

Get a foundational understanding of nanotechnology, from the earliest days to recent advances. You will also learn about the basics and scale of nanotechnology, different classes and properties of nanomaterials and their application in nanotechnology, and possible environmental and health effects of nanotechnology.

Week 2:

Micro/Nanoscale Imaging and Analysis

Explore practical applications by determining which nanotechnology tools and methodologies are appropriate for a given context. Get introduced to the tools and techniques used to observe and image objects at atomic, subatomic, and molecular levels.

Week 3:

Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Nanoscale Materials and Carbon Nanotechnology

Evaluate different classifications and applications of nanomaterials through research and real-world case studies of specific nanomaterial manufacturers. Learn about zero-, one-, and two-dimension nanostructures and nanoparticles, along with the classification of nanoparticle synthesis techniques.

Week 4:

Nanoelectronics and Nanofabrication Technology

Examine the applications and challenges of manufacturing nanoelectronic devices such as sensors. Get an overview of the evolution of nanoelectronic devices showing a timeline and design principles that includes a step-by-step look at the process of manufacturing sensors.

Week 5:

MEMS/NEMS – Sensor Technology and Nanobiotechnology

Learn the fundamentals of nanobiotechnology and the applications of nanotechnology in food, medicine, and health science. Gain experience from examples of different types of sensing mechanisms and the properties they measure. Gain insight into product ideas currently in development and the challenges they pose.

Week 6:

Capstone

Use what you've learned in the first five modules to conduct a SWOT analysis of a specific device and its manufacturing process. Engage in a detailed discussion of nanotechnology dos and don'ts, the possibilities, and barriers.

Week 1:

Fundamentals of Nanotechnology

Get a foundational understanding of nanotechnology, from the earliest days to recent advances. You will also learn about the basics and scale of nanotechnology, different classes and properties of nanomaterials and their application in nanotechnology, and possible environmental and health effects of nanotechnology.

Week 4:

Nanoelectronics and Nanofabrication Technology

Examine the applications and challenges of manufacturing nanoelectronic devices such as sensors. Get an overview of the evolution of nanoelectronic devices showing a timeline and design principles that includes a step-by-step look at the process of manufacturing sensors.

Week 2:

Micro/Nanoscale Imaging and Analysis

Explore practical applications by determining which nanotechnology tools and methodologies are appropriate for a given context. Get introduced to the tools and techniques used to observe and image objects at atomic, subatomic, and molecular levels.

Week 5:

MEMS/NEMS – Sensor Technology and Nanobiotechnology

Learn the fundamentals of nanobiotechnology and the applications of nanotechnology in food, medicine, and health science. Gain experience from examples of different types of sensing mechanisms and the properties they measure. Gain insight into product ideas currently in development and the challenges they pose.

Week 3:

Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Nanoscale Materials and Carbon Nanotechnology

Evaluate different classifications and applications of nanomaterials through research and real-world case studies of specific nanomaterial manufacturers. Learn about zero-, one-, and two-dimension nanostructures and nanoparticles, along with the classification of nanoparticle synthesis techniques.

Week 6:

Capstone

Use what you've learned in the first five modules to conduct a SWOT analysis of a specific device and its manufacturing process. Engage in a detailed discussion of nanotechnology dos and don'ts, the possibilities, and barriers.

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Faculty

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Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Nick Fang is a visiting professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and head of the Nanophotonics and 3D Manufacturing Laboratory. His specialties are photonics, nanofabrication, and advanced imaging technology. More info

Certificate

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Certificate

Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a certificate of completion to participants and 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This program is graded as a pass or fail; participants must receive 75% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

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  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

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    What is the typical class profile?

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    How will my time be spent?

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    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
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    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



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    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

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  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

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    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

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    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

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