Nanotechnology Research Opportunities at Stanford University - dummies

Nanotechnology Research Opportunities at Stanford University

By Earl Boysen, Nancy C. Muir, Desiree Dudley, Christine Peterson

If Northern California and a world-class school are your cup of tea, check out Stanford. Although they don’t offer degrees specifically in nanotechnology, they do offer nanotechnology research opportunities for students who are obtaining degrees in other areas such as engineering or physics. Students produce a thesis or dissertation in a nano aspect of that field.

According to Jim Plummer, Dean of the School of Engineering, “We want to give our students and faculty ample opportunity to play in this new sandbox, where matter is manipulated at atomic and molecular scales. We will judge the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology priority successful if we find our students and faculty across a wide range of disciplines to be frontrunners in their respective fields.”

Stanford’s resources include the following:

  • Stanford Nanocharacterization Lab is a National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network facility. Its equipment and tools are available to all in the Stanford community who meet their qualifications, as well as to organizations that partner with Stanford. The focus here is on characterization of nanomaterials.

  • Stanford Nanofabrication Facility is a great resource for nanoscience and engineering students and researchers to work with advanced nanotechnology fabrication and process tools. They offer an undergraduate NINN Research Experience program each summer that gives students a feel for what the graduate school offers.

  • Center for Magnetic Nanotechnology states that its mission is “to stimulate research at Stanford in the area of magnetic nanotechnology, magnetic sensing, and information storage materials, to facilitate collaboration between Stanford scientists and their industrial colleagues, to train well-rounded and highly skilled graduate students, and to develop curricular offerings in the relevant subjects.” They have interesting offerings in the form of workshops, short courses, and conferences on nanomagnetics.

  • Center for Probing the Nanoscale was created in partnership with IBM with a grant from the National Science Foundation. Their area of research is to develop probes that can help us see and manipulate things at the nano level. They provide support to teachers of nanotechnology, including their Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers. If you have an interest in teaching nano, this could be a good opportunity.

  • Nanoelectronics Group is all about graduate students exploring semiconductor technology, solid-state devices, and electronic imaging. Their list of visiting scholars is impressive, and getting accepted into this group is a solid career builder.