"Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field that will require special business acumen to carry new technologies from research to manufacturing. The Nanoscale Physics track is composed of students who already have a strong technical background. The program enhances their problem-solving, business and communication skills, positioning them to effectively introduce game-changing technologies into the world of business."
– Kyle Kissell, Ph.D. Director, Technology Development, NanoRidge
The Nanoscale Science program is an industry oriented master's degree. It prepares students for a career in nanoscience/nanotechnology related businesses by combining a strong component in quantum theory, which governs the behavior of systems at the nanoscale, with the study of practical nano- and mesoscale devices and management and business practices. This provides the student with the knowledge required to successfully navigate the field of nanoscale science, nanotechnology and -engineering. In addition, a year-long course in methods of experimental physics is offered to ensure that students obtain the advanced practical skills valuable to the nanotechnology industry.
Rice is a well-established center for nanotechnology, with researchers active in several departments outside the physics core. In 2015, Rice University has merged two of its multidisciplinary research institutes, the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Rice Quantum Institute, to form a new entity, the Smalley-Curl Institute (SCI). The Institute assists its members in forging new, cross-cutting and interdisciplinary research areas, such as advanced materials, quantum magnetism, plasmonics and photonics, biophysics and bioengineering, ultracold atom physics, condensed matter and chemical physics, and all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The Smalley-Curl Institute includes among its faculty Nobel Laureate Robert Curl, as well as esteemed faculty from the departments of physics and astronomy, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, bioengineering, computational and applied math, and mechanical engineering and materials science. It focuses on interdisciplinary studies in many areas of nanoscale science including carbon nanotubes, nanoshells, and nanobiology.
The Nanoscale Science program offers access to management courses, leadership and entrepreneurship coaching in collaboration with the Jones Business School for Business, the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, the Doerr Institute for New Leaders and the new Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Faculty involved in the Nanoscale Science Program:
Barry Dunning, Track Director, Physics and Astronomy
Douglas Natelson, Track Advisor, Physics and Astronomy
Andrew Barron, Chemistry
Mary Purugganan / Liz Eich, PSM Professional Communication
Jason Hafner, Physics and Astronomy
Thomas Killian, Physics and Astronomy
Peter Rossky, Dean of Natural Sciences
Frank Toffoletto, Physics and Astronomy