Dr. Joseph Tracy

Dr. Joseph Tracy

Materials Science and Engineering

Phone: 919-513-2623
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MSE 565 Introduction to Nanomaterials

3 Credit Hours

Introduction to nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanostructured thin films, emphasizing their synthesis, structural and property characterization, novel physical and chemical properties, applications, and contemporary literature.


Graduate standing and a BS in engineering or the physical sciences is required.

Course Objectives

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe methods for fabricating nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanostructured thin films.
  • Describe the physical properties of nanomaterials.
  • Describe tools for structure and property characterization of nanostructures.
  • Describe applications for nanomaterials.
  • Use literature resources for further self-guided learning about nanoscale materials.

Course Requirements

Exams: Three midterm exams. The last midterm exam will be given during the period regularly assigned for the final exam.

Homework: Problem sets and review of selected literature readings.

Project: Term paper.

Software Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint.


Electronic textbooks are available through NCSU libraries to registered students free of charge:

Kenneth J. Klabunde, Nanoscale Materials in Chemistry
Luis M. Liz-Marzán and Prashant V. Kamat: Nanoscale Materials
Günter Schmid: Nanoparticles: From Theory to Application
Jin Zhang, et al.: Self-Assembled Nanostructures

Instructor notes will be also be provided



Computer and Software Requirements

Please review the minimum computer specifications that NC State University and Engineering Online recommend.

Updated: 10/31/2022