Nanotechnology For Civil and Environmental Applications

This course will introduce students to the field of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanomaterials synthesis, characterizations and their applications in civil and environmental engineering. The specific applications will include, but not limited to, tailoring mechanical property, durability, self-cleaning, self-sealing, self-sensing, energy harvesting and other multi-functionality. It integrates the fields of materials science, civil engineering and electrical engineering. The basic concepts will be discussed including nano-scale effect, process-structure-property relationship, nano- and micro-structure property characterizations, multi-functional materials, nano-device fabrication and their applications for energy harvesting, water infiltrations and environmental sensing. lab will be provided to students enrolled in the course to learn nano and micro-structure characterizations skills.


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Learning Outcomes: 1.  Be familiar with terminology and basic concepts of nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing and nanotechnologies. 2.  Understand common techniques for nano-structure synthesis and fabrication. 3.  Understand basic knowledge of carrier transport mechanism in nanoscales. 4.  Understand basic properties of nanomaterials including: mechanical, electrical, thermal, sensing and their characterization techniques. 5.  Understand working mechanisms of using nanotechnology to develop multi-functionality of infrastructure materials. 6.  Understand underlying mechanisms of thermoelectricity, state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials, devices and their applications. 7.  Understand fundamental knowledge of piezoelectricity, state-of-the-art piezoelectric materials, devices and their applications. 8.  Understand working mechanisms of various infrastructure sensing and monitoring technologies, their applications and limitations.