Achieving great things with small particles - changing the world with just a few atoms.
Nanotechnology focuses on nanomaterials and their properties, production, and application. The graduate engineer in nanotechnology is able to analyze and independently develop a wide range of interdisciplinary issues relating to nanosystems. Possible applications include all areas of research, development, production, quality assurance, and knowledge communication in all high-tech industries in today's world.
The "Nanotechnology" degree program teaches broad physical, chemical, and material science fundamentals as well as computer science and electrical engineering, in particular nanoscopic systems, and knowledge of the manufacturing technology of nanomaterials, nanodevices, and their technical applications.
In the main study program, special lectures begin that clarify the relationship between material - and structure-function. Further knowledge of nanomaterials, nanoelectronic components, and sensors is deepened through exercises and practicals, including under cleanroom conditions. In addition, individual interests and inclinations can be pursued through a wide range of options. This includes a compulsory elective program that discusses a wide range of applications of nanotechnology, e.g. catalysts and data or energy storage.
A high proportion of free elective modules allows all students to specialize in different areas, for example in the fields of biosensor technology, nanoanalytics, nanofluids, measurement technology, or IT and the Internet of Things. In addition, special attention is paid to the ability to independently develop new solutions, including in interdisciplinary research groups. This is realized through initial scientific work (with individually selectable topics) such as literature research, a practical semester in an industrial company or a non-university research institution, an extensive research internship, and the final thesis. As both the practical semester and the free elective modules can be completed internationally, it is easy to integrate stays abroad into the study program.
In the field of biosensor technology, students acquire expertise in the construction and application of biosensors. To this end, the basics of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology are taught.
In the field of nanoanalytics, students acquire expertise in the determination of nanostructures in solid and liquid phases. To this end, knowledge of spectroscopic and microscopic methods for structure elucidation is taught.
In the field of nanofluidics, students acquire skills in characterizing the micro- and nanoscale behavior of fluids. In addition to fluid mechanics and rheology, fundamental knowledge of the importance of interfaces is also taught.
In the field of measurement technology, students acquire expertise in electrical engineering and control engineering in order to be able to automate machines and processes even better. Specialized measurement technology methods round off the range of courses.
In the field of information technologies and the Internet of Things, methods of data communication and data analysis are taught. These are used, among other things, to acquire skills in the fields of artificial intelligence and software development.
As an alternative to the specialisations suggested above, students can also aim for an individual specialisation. For this purpose, elective modules from universities in Germany and abroad can be selected, provided they serve the study objective.
Faculty of Materials Science and Technology (Faculty 5)
- Standard period of study
- Part-time possible
- Start of studies
Winter semesterSummer semester
- Admission requirement
Abitur or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognized as equivalent
- Course language
Nanotechnologists are needed in companies in all branches of industry. Possible areas of employment are, depending on specialization:
- Chemical industry
- Semiconductor industry
- Medical and pharmaceutical industry
- Automotive suppliers
- Aerospace industry
- Research institutions
- Information and/communication industry
- Environmental Industry
- Quality assurance
- Process and production management
- Knowledge transfer/teaching
- Science journalist
- Self-employed entrepreneur
- Public administration