Master's programme in Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is an emerging field of science and technology related to materials and device structures with critical dimensions in the nanometre regime. The employment market in this burgeoning area is growing significantly, and is penetrating a number of technology sectors and related industries.
Based on a solid foundation of materials science and solid state physics, the programme aims to establish an understanding of size-dependent materials, device and system properties. The student will also learn how these properties can be tailored by a controlled manipulation of the microstructure, down to the atomic or molecular level. Furthermore, it aims for a thorough comprehension of various nanoscale devices as well as their applications and fabrication methods.
The programme is mainly materials-oriented, partly directed to microelectronics and photonics, but specialisation in materials chemistry or biomedical applications is also possible. Special emphasis is placed on advanced characterisation methods to assess detailed materials and device properties. The programme is closely linked to the extensive research activities at the KTH Electrum laboratory, a world-leading resource for the education, research and product development related to micro and nanofabrication.
The degree project gives students an opportunity to study a specific problem in-depth and comprises nominally 20 weeks of work, normally during the final term. It is usually carried out as a research project within a research group or in an industry setting. For the final completion of the degree project, the student prepares a written thesis and makes an oral presentation of his/her results in a formal seminar.
Within the semiconductor industry there are global players like HP, Intel and IBM. In Europe we have companies like Osram, Infineon and Philips, but also many companies specialising in various components or subsystems. In Sweden there are companies such as TE Connectivity and Finisar (photonics), IRnova and FLIR (infrared cameras and detectors), Micronics (photomask manufacturing), Silex and Omicron (micro-mechanics) and Acreo (contract research). There is also a Swedish labour market in the automotive industry, materials processing, pharmaceutical and chemical industry.
Nanotechnology is also a major academic research field, and the programme provides a good basis for graduate studies or employment in industrial R&D departments or research institutes.
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