Carbon nanotubes: Research and instrumentation for undergraduate students

T. Randy Dillingham, Tim Porter, Tim Vail, Cynthia Hartzell, Marilee Sellers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A team of faculty at Northern Arizona University (a predominantly undergraduate institution) have joined forces to develop a cross-disciplinary course for sophomore level science students in nanotechnology and the associated instrumentation with an overarching theme centered around carbon nanotubes. Research laboratories with various analytical capabilities were utilized from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy. Specifically, the techniques that were used included scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and micro-sensor technology. The course content, the student activities and the initial experience in developing and team-teaching the course are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducation in Nanoscience and Engineering
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1558998888, 9781558998889
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 17 2006Apr 21 2006

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2006 MRS Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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