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Northwest Missouri State University


Nanochemistry

Chemistry is primarily a molecular science. As chemists have continued to seek solutions to problems in diverse areas, such as the environment, medicine/biotechnology, and alternative energies, the answers have led them into the nanometer size regime. Here, at the emerging interface with biology and physics, chemists are developing nanomaterials for drug delivery systems, carbon nanotubes, dye-sensitized solar cells, and semiconductor nanowires. All of these discoveries are not only built upon molecular structures ranging in size from 1-100 nanometers, but depend upon the fundamental properties of nanomaterials. “Nano” is not simply about things that are small, but about the unique properties that exist only in the nano-domain. Nanochemistry continues to evolve as chemists utilize their skills in synthesis and chemical modification, and employ state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology to characterize and manipulate nanostructures.

In addition to the Nanoscale Science Core Curriculum, students choosing to specialize in Nanochemistry have the following class options:

Directed General Education Courses

Course No. Course Name Hours
Biol 04-112/113 General Botany and Laboratory 4
Math 17-120
Calculus I 4
Phys 25-120/121 Classical Physics I and Laboratory 5
Phil 39-274  
Introduction to Ethics
3
Total Directed Hours 16

Nanoscale Chemistry Emphasis Required Courses

Course No. Course Name Hours
Chem 24-532/533
Physical Chemistry I and Lab
4
Chem 24-344/345 Organic Chemistry II and Lab OR
5
  Chem 24-322/323   Quantitative Analysis and Lab 5
Chem 24-552/555 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
4
Chem 24-534 Physical Chemistry II 3
Total Chemistry Emphasis Required Hours 16