Development of a New College-Level Course in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology


The purpose of this proposal is to develop a new college-level course in nanoscience and nanotechnology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This will be a stacked course (4xx/6xx) suitable for the undergraduates at the 400 level, and for the graduate students at the 600 level. The name of the proposed course is “Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Characteristics of Nanofluids.” Nanoscience and nanotechnology are evolving rapidly. They are desirable areas of studies for students to apply new concepts and new systems in their research. Many universities across the nation are introducing such courses and therefore it is essential that at UAF, we offer such opportunities to our students. After completing the course, they will be able to apply this technology that may enhance NASA’s research and development capability. The course will cover a new generation of heat transfer fluids, called nanofluids--nanometer size particles dispersed in conventional fluids-- possessing a characteristic of enhancing heat transfer substantially. These fluids are ideal candidates in the transfer of thermal energy through heat exchangers, which are ubiquitous in NASA missions. The course will teach, how using these fluids, size and weight reduction of the heat exchange systems, can be achieved. The size and weight reduction willbe beneficial in NASA missions by downsizing the hardware and enhancing the payload carrying capacity. This course will meet the need in the education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and development of workforce to achieve NASA’s strategic goals. For our graduates, the course will enhance their opportunity for a bright future because of the training in the state of-the-art technology.


Name: Debendra Das, Professor

Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Award: Higher Education, Project

Funding Period: 2011