Nicola Pezzotti

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Final thoughts on "Nanotechnology: The Basics"

15 Dec 2013 Yesterday I took the final exam of "Nanotechnology: The Basics" online course.
The course is held by professor Vicki Colvin and professor Daniel Mittleman from the RICE university on Coursera.


I didn't have much time, so I attended just the basic lessons. I found the topics of the course really interesting.

The course lasted four weeks. Here below the list of the weekly topics:
  1. Introduction to nanotechnology
  2. Nanoelectronics
  3. Nanomagnetics
  4. Nanophotonics

The most interesting thing I have learned during the course is how the material properties completely changes when they are really small.

Another fascinating effect we seen is the quantum confinement effect. Take a look at at the Quantum dot page on wikipedia!