Inspire-U: Biggest nano challenges

Course Summary: Biggest nano challenges

Nanotechnology is at the base of an enormous amount of diverse applications. Think about chips of your mobile, new efficient solar panels or biomedical applications like lab-on-a-chip. In this course you will learn what nanotechnology implies, where the production and analysis are mainly important.


This course is about ‘nanotechnology’ and is one of the key research themes at the University of Twente. Over 500 researchers are active in this field. They focus on key enabling technologies – nanotechnology, photonics, micro- and nano-electronics, biomolecular and polymer science, advanced materials, lab-on-chip, microfluidics – and exciting new cross-overs. The bachelor studies that are partly or exclusively concerned with nanotechnology are Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Applied Physics.

Example topics for this course:

  • Basics of nanotechnology
  • Producing nanotechnology
  • Scientific poster
  • Producing in the lab
  • Analysis techniques

Course aim

  • You will develop and analyze a chip.
  • You will learn how to deliver an effective presentation.
  • You will apply the concepts AFM and STM in different situations and you are able to estimate when which method is most relevant.
  • You will create a detailed log about the development and analysis of a produced chip.
  • You will understand the importance of nanotechnology in current science.

Course details:

  • Methods: Interactive lectures, tutorials, group work
  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Target group: High school students preparing for a bachelor’s programme at an University (minimum age of 15 years) with an interest in nanotechnology
  • Required knowledge: Basic understanding of physics


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