Nanoscience and nanotechnology have been referred to as the Industrial Revolution of the 21st century. Nanoscience refers to the scientific phenomena that occur at sizes around a nanometer, which is one billionth of a meter. An example of scale is the walls of cells, which are five nanometers thick. Demand for graduates in nanotechnology has been increasing steadily, but currently, only a few universities offer degree programs. UNM's interdisciplinary Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program is offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, evolving from the traditional disciplines of solid state physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and engineering. More than 70 faculty in nine academic departments worked together to develop the Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program. This program is a great example of how our faculty's leading-edge research benefits graduate as well as undergraduate students in a formal curriculum.
April 15, 2014: UNM Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Abhaya Datye, and his graduate students Eric Peterson and Andrew De La Riva, are focused on finding a way to make catalytic converters on diesel engines as efficient as possible by engineering them to work at lower temperatures. Catalytic converters in vehicles convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions. Read the full text of "Engineering an air pollution solution" »
March 28/29, 2014: A "National Nanodays" program for kids will be led by graduate students from the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program and will feature hands-on nanotechnology activities along with interactive visualization tools to share developments and discoveries in the materials and biomedical sciences. The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience »
January 27, 2014: Researchers from the University of New Mexico and Argonne National Laboratory simulated diesel oxidation catalysts with 2.5% Pd and tested in two different preparations, one with alumina only and one with La-stabilized alumina. Improved Low-Temperature Performance of Catalytic Converters »