Area IV Topic: Physics of Information Area I Applied Physics and Devices: Nanotechnology

The MIT EECS Department contains a comprehensive nanotechnology program entitled nanoeecs that includes a variety of subdisciplines ranging from nanophotonics to nanfoabrication. Of these subdisciplines, several are focused on ApplPhysDev, Engineering Physics, topics, including those listed below:

Nanofabrication, nanomaterials, and nanobiomaterials: The fabrication of nanostructures and the synthesis of new materials are the building-blocks upon which nanotechnology is advanced and focused on a multitude of applications. The tools and techniques of nanofabrication and nanomaterials are presented in a range of EECS courses (see below).

Nanobiotechnology: Quantitative understanding, manipulation and use of biological systems at nanoscopic length scales are the major goals of nanobiotechnology research. Many technologies are developed and used to study a variety of biosystems, including nano/micro-fluidics, precision electronics, femtosecond optics, computational models and molecular probes.

Nanoelectronics, magnetics, optics, and energy: Electromagnetism applied at the nanoscale can be used to exploit a wide variety of phenomena, including ultrafast electronics and organic molecules that emit light.

To learn more about the Nanoeecs program, and to get a detailed listing of the courses available, please visit Additionally, check the EECS section of the MIT Open Course Ware (OCW) or for EECS classes on the MIT Catalogue section for Course 6. For your convenience, a short list of undergraduate and graduate subjects that address Nanotechnology are highlighted below:

Undergraduate Subjects:

6.007 Fall, Spring Applied Electromagnetics: From Motors to Lasers
6.07J Spring Projects in Microscale Engineering for the Life Sciences
6.024J Spring Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
6.122J Fall, Spring Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems
6.152J Fall, Spring Micro/Nanoscale Processing Technology
6.161 Fall Modern Optics Project Laboratory (meets with 6.637)
6.701 Spring Introduction to Nanoelectronics (meets with 6.719)

First Year and Introductory Graduate Subjects:

6.637 Fall Modern Optics Project Laboratory (meets with 6.161)
6.524J Spring Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
6.719 Spring Nanoelectronics (meets with 6.701)
6.728 Fall Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics
6.732 Fall, alt even yrs Physics of Solids
6.772 Spring, alt odd yrs Compound Semiconductor and Heterostructure Devices

More Advanced Graduate Subjects:

6.631 Fall Optics and Photonics
6.729 Fall Molecular Electronics
6.774 Fall Physics of Microfabrication: Front End Processing
6.777J Spring Design and Fabrication of MEMS
6.778J Spring Materials and Processes for Microelectromechanical Devices and Systems
6.781J Spring Nanostructure Fabrication
6.789 Fall, alt odd yrs Organic Optoelectronics

The following seminars cover material relevant to the topic of Nanotechnology in Area IV Engineering Physics:

Microsystems Technology Laboratory VLSI Seminar
Tuesdays, 4pm, room 34-101

Optics and Quantum Electronic Seminar
Wednesdays, 11 am, room 36-428, Haus Room

Small Talks
Wednesdays, 4pm, room 36-428 (Allen Room)

Micro/Nano-Technology Seminar Series
Thursdays, 3pm, RLE Conference Center, room 36-462/428

Center for Integrated Photonic Systems (CIPS) Brown Bag Seminar Series

NanoStructures Lab (NSL) Group Meeting
Thursdays, 4pm, room varies, contact Alicia Akins ( for more details.

The following laboratories contribute to advance research in Nanotechnology:

Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory

Quantum Information Science at MIT

iQuISE: Interdisciplinary Quantum Information Science and Engineering