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Jun 08 - 10, 2020
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On Campus
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3 Days
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This course can be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing or the professional certificate program in biotechnology & life sciences.

What is “nano”? Not a specific technology, nor part of a particular industry or discipline, it is a revolutionary way of thinking about matter, which offers vast opportunities for industrial innovation. To that end, MIT scientists and engineers are discovering astonishing new behaviors for elements across the periodic table—and inventing powerful ways to put them to work.

New applications are emerging in fields ranging from biology and chemistry to electronics and computation that are powered by the increasing accessibility of toolsets for the fabrication, study, and manipulation of nanoscale structures and systems. Though we think of nano as tiny, the data sets it can generate are massive.

Through the lens of MIT research, this course provides an intellectual framework for thinking about, applying, and commercializing the power of the nanoscale.

Participant Takeaways

  • Examine how fundamental assumptions change at the nanoscale—and explore the consequent effects on materials, systems, and applications opportunities
  • Acquire cutting-edge tools and strategies for building and discovery at the nanoscale, including fabrication techniques for micro- and nano-fabrication, bottom-up synthesis of nanosystems, and characterization methods that apply to multiple fields
  • Explore challenges and opportunities in managing, processing, and utilizing the data streams associated with connecting the physical to the digital for nano applications

Who Should Attend

This course is appropriate for technology and engineering professionals, including managers, who are involved in nanoscience across any industry.


Computers are required.

Program Outline

Day 1: 


  • A brief introduction to nano: Surprisingly familiar yet ripe for discovery
  • Nanoscience: New behaviors in physical systems
  • Nanotechnology: Applying insights across disciplines


  • Survey of current applications and their supporting toolsets
  • Tour of fabrication and metrology toolsets inside new MIT.nano facility

At the end of Day 1, participants will begin a collaborative design and analysis group exercise based on one of the problems presented.

Day 2 (AM/PM) and Day 3 (AM only):
Case studies of MIT-based research and/or commercialized applications in nanoscience and nanoengineering, interspersed with facilitated group design exercises and interactive discussions about participants’ use of nanoscale systems.

Day 3:


  • Conclude design exercise with brief group presentations
  • The data side of nano: Managing, processing, and visualizing
  • Final Q&A and wrap-up: What’s next?

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