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Nano-Science and Nano-Engineering

Path to the Future Nano-Technology

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Background of the Major in Nano-Science and Nano-Engineering
Started in the academic year 2001, Waseda University is engaged in a five year COE (Center of Excellence) project on "Molecular nano-engineering" aided by research grants from the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology. We are now ready to fully implement "Nano-science and Nano-engineering" in conjunction with industry and academic collaboration lead by the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology which founded the High Tech Research Center Nano- Technology Research Institute.

The Graduate School of Science and Engineering has a great number of researchers who are playing active and leading roles in their respective fields doing research in nano-technology. The Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Waseda University has created a "Nano- Science and Nano-Engineering major" in order to swiftly meet the current demand for research through initiatives.

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This new major is the second major in the field of "Interdisciplinary Studies" following the "Bioscience major", which was established at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering in the 2001 academic year. Faculty members who belong to a number of departments related with this new area of studies work together extensively to prepare an environment in which a new research and education framework is being created and developed.

Nano-Technology is called, "the catalyst of the industrial revolution of the 21st century". There is an urgent need to train specialists and develop concrete applications of technology in the field of "Nano-Science and Nano- Engineering" established as a fundamental academic discipline. This major at Waseda universtiy aims to offer support both for education and research to cover this need.

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image Along with lectures for all students in this major, we have established the three following research fields with research guidance, seminars and courses in each field.

Nano-Electronics (Degrees offered: Master's in Engineering, Doctorate in Engineering)
This field aims at the development of devices that utilize the smallest information carriers such as electrons and light not only in the field of IT technology but in biotechnology and environmental science. Electrical engineering is used as the basic scientific discipline for conducting nano-scale physical, chemical and biological phenomenon analysis and research of engineering applications.

Nano-Chemistry (Degrees offered: Master's in Engineering, Doctorate inEngineering)
This program uses chemical approaches such as precision synthesis and reaction control to create nano-material with controlled structures and functions at the atomic/molecular levels to develop new reaction processes for the purpose of this creation. We also conduct research on various device systems utilizing nano-material functions.

Nano-Basic Solid State Physics (Degrees offered: Master's in Engineering, Doctorate in Engineering, Master's in Science, Doctorate inScience)
Nano-scale refers to a magnitude size of materials at which remarkable quantum effects are observed. It also manifests the extreme limit of possible artificial manipulation. The purpose of this field is to explicate the structure, characteristics, and related phenomena of nano-scale material at the quantum mechanical level. The field also aims at providing scientic knowledge that is essential to artificial manipulation of the structure and related



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Nano-Science and Nano-Engineenng is one the majors at the graduate school level, yet which incorporates kowledge from wide range of interdisciplinary fields that include the electrical, chemical,physical and material sciences. Students who are considering a major in Nano- technology or are otherwise interested in Nano-technology should first undertake undergraduate study in a Department related to their primary interests. Interest in:

Electrical Engineering and Biology: Department of Electrical Engineering and Biology,

Chemistry: Department of Appied Chemistry,

Physics: Department of Applied Physics,

Materials: Department of Material Science and Engineering

After graduation from an undergraduate department and acquiring basic knowledge in your field of specialty through Nano-Science and Nano-Engineering is one of the majors at the graduate school level, yet which incorporates knowledge from a wide range of interdisciplinary fields that include the electrical, chemical, physical and material sciences. Students who are considering a major in Nano- technology or are otherwise interested in Nano-technology the respective curriculum, you may go on to a graduate school major in "Nano-Science and Nano-Engineering".

Admission to this major is also possible for those who have studied in other fields, at other departments, or at other universities. Courses and fields of study prior to admission or subjects of choice for the admission examination do not necessarily determine the area or content of research instruction after admission. The research instruction may be of your choice if approved by the instructor in that field.



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Considering the Department of Science and Engineering, more than two thirds of those who complete a Master's degree are expected to gain employment in general industry that utilizes practical engineering technology such as electronics, chemistry, materials and applied physics. At present, not only companies that are engaged in the field of semiconductors or the chemical industry, but many kinds of companies are getting involved in business using nano-technology, bio- and life sciences. This trend is expected to further accelerate and the demand for personnel in this field will greatly increase. Certainly more people will choose careers at academic or research institutions such as universities utilizing their experiences in this new field.


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