Program code: 28.03.01
Nanotechnology Microsystem Engineering is a new direction in science and technology that lies on the fringe between several traditional areas: Mechanics and micromechanics, electronics and microelectronics. Professionals in the field of nanotechnologies and microsystem engineering deals with development, research and usage of electronic devices with the elements size from one micrometer to one nanometer. Examples of such usage are sensors in car airbags, microscopic controllable mirrors used in famous DLP-projectors, including the ones for home theaters. These are also the sensors of different physical magnitudes: acceleration, angular variation (gyroscopes), temperature, microphones. Even now many people use sensors developed by the graduates of this program (MEMS devices) although many people even do not know about it. Modern cell phones have built-in MEMS gyroscopes and acceleration meters which can define the trace of the cell phone owner or, in case of cargo transportation, define whether the cargo underwent mechanical stress, where and when.
Unusual properties of usual materials define the extremely small sizes of these objects that the specialists on nanotechnologies work with. For example, if a piece of aluminum foil is torn into several small parts they will behave like aluminum, even if the aluminum parts are no longer visible with a bare eye. Having continued to fraction them into even smaller parts, at some point (when these parts are as small as 20-30 nanometers), they can explode. These properties define the developer’s (researcher’s) tools. In order to enter this micro world we need electronic microscope or laser forceps instead of usual forceps and soldering tool. It opens new and really limitless opportunities for researchers and developers where the scientific idea came to the deadlock.
Students at Nanotechnology in Electronics and Microsystem Engineering are prepared for professional activities aimed at creation, investigation, design, manufacture and usage of materials, devices and controls used in electronic, nano- and macrodevices of different functional purposes.
By the moment they graduate the students acquire fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge in technology, which allows them to do development and use high-tech objects. Along with that, deep systematical knowledge allow to reach self-actualization in the sphere of theoretical planning, i.e. find new research areas, new tasks in the field of design, manufacture and usage of micro- and nanoelectronic items and micro systems.
After obtaining their Bachelor degree in “Nanotechnology in Electronics and Microsystem Engineering” students can continue with the Master degree program “Electronics and nanoelectronics” (Specialization “Solid-state electronics”).
Participation in real projects
TUSUR University allows students to take part in Project Based Group Learning (PBGL). Students at “Nanotechnology in Electronics and Microsystem Engineering” participate in following development works:
Creation of technology for applying transparent conductive nanocoatings on LEDs. This technology is interesting for manufacture of optoelectronic devices, space engineering to serve as a protective coating of spacecraft element to eliminate sun irradiation.
Development of techniques to increase light output and reliability of semiconducting light sources. The researchers are challenged by increasing the durability of white light sources to the minimum of 100 thousand hours. Now the estimated service life of modern white light emitting diodes is about 70 thousand hours, which means that this student project might become a real innovation. The techniques are in demand for the purposes of development and production of highly efficient semiconductor light sources in OJSC NIIPP run by Rostekhno Corporation.
Creation of technology for dielectric materials with low dielectric permeability. This technology allows getting materials with pores of definite size and form. These materials have optimum characteristics for usage in development of microwave microcircuits. TUSUR University has been actively researching this field for 5 years by now. We succeeded to get lots of valuable information; we have two Ph.D. theses and one doctor’s thesis passed, and two contracts with industrial and science-intensive companies signed. At the moment this technology for porous layers of silicon dioxide is patented.