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Nanotechnology is going to shape our future

This minor is for students who want to learn what the newest developments are in their own subject within the field of nanotechnology. But also because students are inquisitive into what is going on in other subject areas. The student would like to learn more about the principles of other subjects and is prepared to work together with other specialists. Due to the existence of the University of Twente and the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, one of the largest and most prominent institutes in this field in the world, and of many (nanotechnological) companies and nanotech companies in Twente, this region is rapidly developing into a nanotechnological centre. Within the university, MESA+ and the companies, there is room for HBO-level trained nano-technologists, who already know their way about in this field. People who understand what a multi-disciplinary working field is, where it is essential to collaborate with other disciplines to obtain results ( a working product).

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  • Minor Type

    B: Available for some HBO courses

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    Saxion student, Non-Saxion student

Course Content

The following competencies will be developed during this minor:

  1. Within their own subject area, students understand how nanotechnology differentiates itself from micro and macro worlds.
  2. Students are able to orient themselves well in a variety of subjects in nanotechnology from different subject areas, in collaboration with others.
  3. Students are able to quickly understand and recognise the basics of nanotechnology issues.
  4. Students can recognise both the potential and the implications of nanotechnology for their own subject area and are able to develop ideas to apply and implement this potential.
  5. Students can work together with technical specialists from other professional areas.
  6. Students are able to communicate with technical specialists and non-specials about nanotechnology on all levels.

The Minor Nanotechnology can be chosen as an independent minor but can also form the first half year of the 2 year study programme Nanotechnology.

In the theory lectures you will learn what distinguishes the nano-world from the macro-world, and how these differences manifest themselves. Topics from the various disciplines that form the basis of nanotechnology will be discussed, as well as the application fields of nanotechnology (e.g. Lab-on-a-Chip sensors). A number of laboratory experiments will learn you how micro- and nanotechnology works in practice. During the minor you will have to work together with students from all disciplines involved and consequently you will learn to understand each other's specific jargon and point of view. This knowledge is in turn one of the cornerstones for a successful career in the field of nanotechnology. English is the main language for course materials, books, lectures and reports.

The target group is the full-time students on the following programmes: Applied Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Technology, Biology & Medical Laboratory Techniques, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Computer Science and Mechatronics.

Twente is rapidly becoming the centre for nanotechnology due to the presence of Saxion, the University of Twente, the MESA + Institute and dozens of (start-up) companies that operate in this field. Nanotechnology is expected to have a major impact on existing disciplines. (Bio)medical and chemical laboratories will undergo drastic changes thanks to nano and micro technology that will revolutionise production, analysis, diagnosis and treatment techniques. Novel materials with unique properties will emerge which, for example, can drastically alter energy production and storage. Nanotechnology is shaping the future.

For all courses the study-results will be graded (1-10), based on written exams & presentations for the theory courses and (lab)reports for the practical training.