Nanotechnology Education and Fabrication: No Cleanroom Required

D.M. Newberry, J. Ireland
Dakota County Technical College, US

Keywords: nanotechnology, education, fabrication, tools


For most people nanotechnology means expensive, cleanroom, yellow light and bunny suits. For decades this was perhaps the correct response since the electronics industry certainly led the way into the nanoscale regime. However, as multiple businesses and educational institutions search for ways to study, apply and teach nanotechnology – cleanrooms are not necessarily required nor is electronics the only applicable market. This presentation will discuss the how the development of classroom and table top nanoscale equipment has allowed exponential growth in corporate application of nanoscience, and nanotechnology education in high schools, colleges and universities. Specific examples and benefits as well as challenges will be discussed.