Within the Erasmus Mundus framework, four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EMM-Nano). The partner institutions are:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium (Coordinator)
Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Chalmers), Sweden
Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France
Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Germany
The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation and engineering of matter, particles and structures on the nanometer scale (one millionth of a millimeter, the scale of atoms and molecules). Important properties of materials, such as the electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical properties, are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble on the nanoscale into larger structures. Moreover, on a nanometer scale, structures' properties are often different then on a macro scale because quantum mechanical effects become important.
Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products. Nanotechnology will eventually provide us with the ability to design custom-made materials and products with new enhanced properties, new nanoelectronics components, new types of 'smart' medicines and sensors, and even interfaces between electronics and biological systems.
The EMM-Nano programme is truly integrated, with a strong research backbone and an important international scope. The objective of the programme is to provide a top quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This programme can also be taken part-time.
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