Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology

Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology

H6F3 BEng Bachelor of Engineering: 3 year
H6F4 BEng Bachelor of Engineering: 3 year (with a year in industry)
H6FH MEng Integrated Master of Engineering: 4 year
H6FG MEng Integrated Master of Engineering: 4 year (with a year in industry)

Recent advances in fields such as electron microscopy and device fabrication have put nanotechnology at the forefront of today’s electronic engineering. Nanotechnology encompasses the design and study of devices on a scale of less than 100nm, barely a few hundred atoms across. Devices utilising nano-wires, single electron logic and nano-scale memories are now being developed for various applications, including ultra-high speed processors. In the environmental and medical fields, nano-scale versions of devices, for example, photodiodes, are being combined with “lab-on-a-chip” technologies to offer revolutionary improvements in sensing capabilities.

All such applications depend upon a good understanding of nano-fabrication and integration methodologies, requiring knowledge of a wide range of electronic engineering principles - both hardware and software. The nanotechnology degree at York emphasises those areas of nanotechnology of direct relevance to contemporary electronics.

The University of York is committed to developing expertise in the field of Nanotechnology. It has recently invested in a major new resource, opening a multi-million pound Nanotechnology Research Centre, with Departmental staff taking a leading role. Our Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology course is the UK’s first IEE accredited degree programme in this discipline. It focuses on the applications emerging from our own research as well as important developments elsewhere.

Aspects covered in the programme include:

  • An introduction to nanotechnology, giving an overview of device miniaturisation, behaviour and fabrication.
  • Nanofabrication, including fabrication techniques and practical experience of fabricating a simple nano/micro-scaled device in the departmental clean room facility.
  • Nanophotonics, exploring the optical properties of nanostructures, such as quantum wells, wires and dots and the exciting possibilities offered by the use of nanostructures in photonic components.
  • Advanced Information Storage, considering the limitations of current storage media - optical recording, magnetic recording and magneto-optical recording technologies - and the increase in storage density that advanced storage media will possess due to the rapid advances being made in nanotechnology.


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