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Course Descriptions
IGERT Interdisciplinary Courses Offered on the Access Grid

Printed Electronics: Materials and Processes
SDSM&T MES 716
SDSM&T NANO 716
SDSU EE 716
USD CHEM 716

The principles of interfacial phenomenon, solution thermodynamics and colloid chemistry will be used in illuminated process by which metallic nanoparticulates can be formed and incorporated into inks for use in manufacturing printed electronics by various direct write technologies. Students will learn 1) the methods and science behind the manufacture of a variety of nanoparticles, including gold, silver, copper conducting particles, 2) the methods of incorporating these particles into inks and printing of these inks for printed electronics applications and 3) the interfacial processes involved in line spreading and curing of the printed traces.


Photovoltaics
SDSM&T MES 735
SDSM&T NANO 735
SDSU EE 735
USD CHEM 735

This course will cover modern silicon photovoltaic (PV) devices, including the basic physics, ideal and nonideal models, device parameters and design, and device fabrication. The emphasis will be placed on crystalline and multicrystalline devices, but thin films will also be introduced. PV applications and economics will also be discussed.

 

Organic Photovoltaics
SDSM&T MES 737
SDSU EE 737
USD CHEM 737

Organic materials provide a variety of interesting and new properties, which facilitate the realization of novel electronics (photovoltaics, light emitting diodes, transistors and circuits). This course covers properties of sunlight (air mass, photon energy, solar photon flux, and solar spectral irradiance), basic concepts (e.g. solitons, polarons, bipolarons), doping and processing, electronic structures, photo-induced excitons and charge carriers, energy generation and transport in organic semiconductors, basic types of organic photovoltaic devices, and their operation, mechanism and fabrication. The goal of this course is to introduce material properties and device mechanism of organic semiconductors and their applications in photovoltaics.

 

Advanced Photovoltaics
SDSM&T MES 736
SDSM&T NANO 736
SDSU EE 736
USD CHEM 736

This course builds on the foundations established in EE 636. It will cover advanced photovoltaic concepts, including thin films, compound semiconductors, spectral conversion devices, and organic and polymeric devices. Advanced device designs will be emphasized. Evaluation will include a research paper addressing a current PV topic. Pre-Requisite EE-636

 

Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials
USD CHEM 720
SDSU EE 720
SDSM&T MES 720

A survey and analysis of synthetic materials and characterization techniques for nano-structured materials will be presented. The classes of materials that will be studied include: inorganic nanocrystals (metals, semi-conductors, metal oxides), nano-wires, porous materials, carbon nanostructures, and higher order materials, such as supported catalysts. Solution-phase synthetic routes will be emphasized, including sol-gel synthesis, non-hydrolytic molecular decomposition, and micelle-templated synthesis, with lesser emphasis on solid state and gas-phase reactions. Methods of characterization will be discussed, including: transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible absorption/fluorescence, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, gas sorption analysis, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy(STM), and photoelectron spectroscopy.

 

Luminescence Spectroscopy of Materials
USD CHEM 723
SDSU EE 723
SDSM&T MES 723

Fundamentals of luminscent behavior and photodynamics of solid state materials and spectroscopic methods of characterization will be discussed. Applications of novel solid state materials as phosphors, sensors, and in optoelectronics devices will be considered.

 

Theory and Applications of Nanomaterials
SDSM&T NANO 702
USD CHEM 718
SDSU EE 702

Prerequisites: Introductory quantum mechanics, ability to solve ordinary differential equations and linear systems. The course will survey current research in nanoscience and nanotechnology, providing the essential background and theory at a level accessible to students from varied scientific and engineering backgrounds. Special emphasis will be placed on nano-scaled materials and their practical applications.