Nanoscale Devices and Systems

Curriculum Advisor

Professor Shayan Mookherjea 
Jacobs Hall, Room 3203
(858) 534-4483


The Nanoscale Devices and Systems program area addresses the science and engineering of materials and device structures with characteristic sizes of ~100nm and below, at which at which phenomena such as quantum confinement and single-electron effects in electronics, near-field behavior in optics and electromagnetics, single-domain effects in magnetics, and a host of other effects in mechanical, fluidic, and biological systems emerge and become dominant. Both fundamental materials, processing, and device technologies, as well as the integration of such technologies into complex systems with consideration of system drivers and constraints as guides for the development of new materials and devices, are encompassed within this program. Specific topics of current interest include the following:

  • Nanoscale CMOS technologies
  • Non-silicon nanoelectronic devices and systems
  • Semiconductor nanowires and other solid-state nanostructures
  • Plasmonic phenomena in nanostructures
  • Nanophotonic materials, devices, and systems
  • High-density magnetic storage media and systems
  • Nanomagnetic and spintronic devices
  • Micro- and nanofluidics
  • New technologies for energy generation, conversion, and storage
  • Advanced sensor devices

Facilities for research in this area include the following: a state-of-the-art shared facility for micro- and nanofabrication (; electron microscopy and scanned probe microscopy; metal organic chemical vapor deposition and vapor phase epitaxy reactors for thin-film and nanostructure synthesis; molecular-beam epitaxy; high-speed laser systems; comprehensive dc and rf/microwave electrical device characterization systems; optoelectronic and photonic device characterization; and extensive facilities for simulation and computational analysis, including access to facilities at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.


Nanoscale Devices and Systems - Course Requirements