University at Albany

Ph.D in Nanoscale

Program Description

The purpose of NSE’s Ph.D. programs is to prepare the student for a career as a skilled, productive research scholar in nanosciences or nanoengineering. The programs are intended for students with career interests in industrial research and development, academic scholarship and research, or government research agencies.

The Ph.D. programs are designed to develop the student’s ability to discover fundamental knowledge pertaining to: The design, growth, and properties of nanomaterials, including metals, semiconductors, polymers, and chemical and biological materials; The integration, processing, testing, and qualification of these materials in nanocircuitry, nanosystems, nanosensors, and integrated nano-optical systems; Significant emphasis within each discipline is placed upon the science and technological know-how for atomic scale material modeling, characterization, and metrology to develop the fundamental skills necessary for independent and original research.

Students accepted into one of the NSE Ph.D. programs are strongly recommended to construct a preliminary program of graduate study with the assistance of their academic advisor at the completion of the first year of study. This preliminary program will consist of the student’s choice of concentration (specialization) and a preliminary concentration course curriculum.

NSE’s Nanoscale Science program provides the critical theoretical and experimental skill base and know-how for knowledge creation in the areas of nanoscale materials, structures, and architectures.

Focus Areas

  • Design, growth, and properties of nanomaterials, including metals, semiconductors, polymers, and chemical and biological materials
  • The integration, processing, testing, and qualification of these materials in nanocircuitry, nanosystems, nanosensors, and integrated nano-optical systems

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Academic researcher/professor
  • Research scientist
  • Nanomaterials scientist
  • Nanotechnology engineer
  • Nanobiotechnologist
  • Materials scientist
  • Quality control specialist
  • Consultant
  • Environmental health and safety specialist
  • Project manager

Target audience

Design/Engineer

Program Format

In-person

Educational Level Prerequisites

Master’s Degree

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes

Credit