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Welcome to the Drexel University NanoEnlightenment Wiki

==Quick Link to ENGR102==

Nanotechnology, a quickly growing scientific discipline, is often overlooked in modern science and engineering curricula because of its relatively young age. While there are volumes of advanced material published in scientifc journals and databases there is little material available to the casual reader. While laboratories snatch up graduate researchers to keep pace with the growth of the field little is done to generate knowledge and interest in undergraduate students. NanoEnlightenment attempts to fill this gap. We present hands on lab modules targeted at 1st or 2nd year engineering students which serve to introduce some basic concepts from Nanotechnology. These modules can be easily integrated with existing philosophies towards engineering education in that they focus on teaching basic design principles, the design process, good documentation practice, and are cross-disciplinary. We focus on current tools, processes, materials, and technologies that are used in the investigation of, or have developed from, nanotechnology. We also attempt to demonstrate a few emerging technologies that are likely to be available at some point in the near future. We make extensive use of the LEGO NXT educational kits as a teaching tool as we find they are easily obtainable and provide a good deal of flexibility for their cost. They can be obtained from LegoEducation.


Site Organization

The site is separated into a number of different modules which can all be accessed directly from this page. The front page of each module is a ready-to-run unit which can be implemented in a classroom with relative ease for the instructor. In addition to this ready-made module, at the top of the majority of the pages is a link to an 'Extensions' page. This page, when present, will present other ideas which can be added to the module to alter the concepts it covers, its difficulty, or time requirements based on your educational objectives. For most of the modules you will find full instructions for building and programming any needed apparatus contained on this page.



Magnetic Force Microscope



Pick & Place



Self Assembly



FerroFluid Exploration Activities

Quantum Dots

ENGR102 project

The ENGR102 Nanobot Controlled Drug Delivery Challenge is designed to introduce the concepts of robotics, programming, design, measurement, error analysis, and creativity. To complete the project successfully you will draw upon information and techniques that span many of the major engineering disciplines, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, materials engineering, civil engineering, and environmental engineering.

The project will entail designing, building, and programming a robot to search for cancerous cells (represented by targets traced with nanoparticle markers) and deliver a targeted drug to the appropriate cells to eliminate them (in this case, by pushing the appropriate colored targets). The challenge will be to design the robot in such a way that it can use the available sensors to differentiate between healthy cells and cancerous cells without real-time user input.

The project will progress through a 4 week series of fundamental modules, each advancing towards the overall goal of targeted nanobot drug delivery.

About the Team

NanoEnlightenment was created in large part by the efforts of a small team at Drexel University consisting of two undergraduate students, Jess Bennett and Bob Sherbert, and two Pennsylvania teachers, Brenda Gelinas and Ruth Hanson. Technical direction and advice was provided by two Drexel graduate students, Hemang Shah and Sameet Shriyan. The team was assembled and supervised by Dr. Adam Fontecchio, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Nanosoft Laboratory at Drexel University. Funding was provided by the NSF NanoEnlightenment grant.

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