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Nanoscience and technology has now become one of the most visible and fast growing multidisciplinary research areas. Nanoscience and technology research, ranging from nanostructured-materials to nanoelectronics, covers diverse areas in many disciplines, such as medicine and healthcare, aeronautics and space, environmental studies and energy, biotechnology and agriculture, national security, and education. A joint postgraduate program in Nanoscience and Technology, initiated by the Schools of Science and Engineering, can offer long-term supports to our ongoing research and training as well as technology development and commercialization efforts. Because of the diverse, multidisciplinary nature of Nanotechnology, its research and training can best be integrated into different disciplines aiming to equip students with the necessary knowledge in focused areas. In this connection, the School of Engineering has introduced Nanotechnology Concentration in different disciplines including Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electronic & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. This allows students to enroll in a particular discipline and pursue a focused study on a specific Nanotechnology.

Research Focus

The research focus of Nanotechnology falls into the following disciplines:

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Study of nanocatalysts, nanocomposite and nanoporous materials; nanomaterials for environmental applications; atmospheric nanoparticle pollutants; usage of nano-sized magnetic particles and nano-electrocatalysts; morphology/property relationship of polymers at nanoscale; bio-functionalized nanoparticles for diagnostics and biosensing; nanocarriers for drug delivery and nanomaterials for tissue engineering; Nano-biomaterials for treatment of industrial effluents.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Development of iron-based nanoparticles for the removal of heavy metals from groundwater and industrial wastewater; Polymeric nanocomposites for the surface coating of concrete structures; Fate, transport, transformation and toxicity of manufactured nanomaterials in water

Electronic and Computer Engineering

Design, fabrication, and characterization of compound semiconductor based nano-electronic devices; Integration of compound semiconductor based nano-electronic devices on Silicon; Modeling of nano-CMOS devices; Nanoscale transistors; Nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS); Nanosize photoalignment layers; Nanoelectronics; Nanophotonics; Nanoelectronic devices design and fabrication; System-on-chip and embedded system designs using nanotechnologies

Mechanical Engineering

Nano precision machining; Nanofibers, carbon nanotubes, graphene and organoclay nanoparticles; Nanoindentation; Applications of nano-particles for printable electronics and nano composites; Integrated Nano Bubble Actuator; Nanosclae fluid-surface interaction; multiscale mechanics; Nanoscale gas transport; Micro/nanomechanics; Molecular dynamic simulations; Thermal interface material; Micro fuel cell; Nano-structured materials for lithium ion battery electrodes.

Affiliated Engineering Faculty Profiles at

http://sengnano.ust.hk/people.html

Facilities

State-of-the-art Nanoelectronics processing equipment are installed. These include an E-beam Direct Write System which facilitates sub-quarter-micron patterning and enables nano-structure research. The laboratory has also developed MOS and bipolar base line processes to provide nanoelectronics fabrication at the discrete device and small scale integrated (SSI) circuits level, with the possibility to upgrade to LSI and VLSI level.