UVU Nanotechnology Education

Advances in nanotechnology have significantly influenced manufacturing methods, the development of new systems and devices as well as the future of science, engineering, and technology in the nation. Nanoscience is critical to many high-technology and manufacturing industries in Utah, and the state is faced with a rising need for skilled workers in this field.

In response to the urgent workforce need in local industries, Utah Valley University (UVU) is developing curricula to train students in nanotechnology principles. A nanotechnology course and associated modules are being developed for community college students and other introductory-level undergraduate students. The course will include:

  • A series of learning modules and projects that incorporate multimedia, interactive, online elements.
  • Laboratories that feature a novel water-based technique for photolithography which avoids the hazardous solvents of conventional methods. This improved method for photolithographic fabrication will contribute a potentially transformative methodology for both education and industry, and contribute to the knowledge base about the effectiveness of virtual learning environments in education.
  • Laboratories that include thin film fabrication using auto-catalytic metallization, and scanning electron microscopy for both characterization and electron beam lithography.
  • Virtual-reality learning modules with high-fidelity simulation of various experimental methods and processes. These virtual-reality techniques will allow students the opportunity to learn from their mistakes without the disadvantage of depleting resources or trying to assemble flawed designs in the laboratory. The virtual-reality modules will also provide an effective alternative in circumstances where advanced equipment may not be available.

The new course will also serve as a springboard for students intending to pursue advanced degrees in nanotechnology. The project will enhance the preparation of students, increase the number of skilled technicians, and help strengthen the regional workforce. Summer programs for high school students will incorporate virtual-reality educational games and simplified lab experiments from the course to expose and engage students in nanotechnology.

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