Prospective Undergraduates (Minor Degree Programmes)

Nanoscience Minor Programme

  • What is Nanoscience?
  • What is the world like at the nanoscale?
  • What happens when you squeeze an electron?
  • Can we make a device with a single molecule?
  • Can we make a molecular machine?
  • Are self-replicating nanobots possible?

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the ability to understand and manipulate matter at the molecular level, to create artificial structures at the nanoscale with potentially novel functions.

Structures behave differently when their dimensions are reduced to the range of between one and one hundred nanometers. Such structures exhibit novel and very much improved physical, chemical and biological properties, due entirely to their nanoscopic size. Once we can control feature sizes on the nanometer length scale, it is possible to enhance material properties and device functions beyond those that we presently know or even consider possible.

Nanotechnology is defined as the ability to work at the molecular level, atom by atom, to create large structures with fundamentally new molecular organization.

Nanoscience is an exciting new multidisciplinary realm that brings together the traditional disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The purpose of the Nanoscience Minor programme is to give a comprehensive introduction to the field of nanoscience, and would be suitable not only for students in the sciences and engineering, but also for students from any discipline with an interest in the latest developments in science.

This Nanoscience programme is in keeping with the latest research and technology trends today. An educated layman needs to be kept informed on the latest science and technology trends that could soon revolutionize the world’s economy.

This Minor would be particularly attractive to Physics, Chemistry majors and Engineering students.

To qualify for a Minor in Nanoscience, a student should pass six modules as follows:

  1. Two compulsory Level-1000 modules:
    • (AY2010/2011 or before): CM1101Principles of Modern Chemistry or CM1502 Physical Chemistry for Engineers
    • (Effective AY2011/12): CM1131 Physical Chemistry 1 or CM1502 Physical Chemistry for Engineers and
    • PC1144 Introduction to Modern Physics or PC1432/PC1432X Physics IIE
  2. Two Level-2000 modules:
    • SP2251 Science at the Nanoscale and
    • (AY2010/2011 or before): CM2101 Principles of Spectroscopy or PC2130 Quantum Mechanics 1
    • (Effective AY2012/13): CM2101 Physical Chemistry 2 or PC2130 Quantum Mechanics 1
  3. Two Level-3000 modules:
    • CM3251 Nanochemistry or PC3251 Nanophysics or CM/LSM/PC3288 [Advanced UROPS] * or
    • SP3277 Nano: from Research Bench to Industrial Applications **
      * Must be a Nanoscience-related project
      ** SP3277 involves a compulsory nanotechnology study tour to Japan

Note: Chemistry and Physics majors are only allowed to read at most 3 CM- and 3PC- coded modules respectively; out of which two modules (at most), are allowed to overlap with a student's major requirements.

Implications Students who are reading Nanoscience minor are able to read SP3277 to fulfil the programme’s elective requirement.


For more information and queries on the programme please contact:

Department of Physics, Sng Wee Lee (Manager)

  • Email: physngwl@nus.edu.sg
  • Office: General Office, S12-M01
  • Tel:+65 6516 2619

or Department of Chemistry

  • Email: chmbox3@nus.edu.sg
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