M E 378E M E 378E. Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy. 3 Hours.
Demonstrates the role of nanoscale materials in solving one of the most critical socio-economic issues of our time, affordable and sustainable energy. An overview of emerging nanotechnology, and how people can critically impact many energy technologies (from energy harvesting, conversion, to storage). Explores various types of energy devices, including solar cell, solar fuel, piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics, battery, supercapacitor, and fuel cell as well as basic device principles, current technology status and new opportunities of nanotechnology for energy device applications. Content is at the intersection of nanoscale science and engineering, and energy science and technology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Mechanical Engineering 378E and 379M (Topic: Nanotech for Sustainabl Energy) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and the following courses with a grade of at least C-: Chemistry 301, Mechanical Engineering 334 or equivalent, Physics 303L and 103N or Physics 316 and 116L.