UCLA Extension

Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials: Fundamentals and Aerospace Applications

Nanoscience and nanotechnology involve unexplored frontiers of interdisciplinary fields of science and technology—from mechanical and chemical engineering to materials science, bioengineering, and physics. Nanomaterial refers to studying and measuring materials and activities in nanoscale: one billionth of a meter. Nanotechnology involves working with and manipulating materials at the nanoscale and molecular level. This will lead to new advances in science and engineering, and enable us to develop evolutionary materials and products with altered properties, size, and speed resulting in transformative and powerful characteristics and applications.

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Nanotechnology will eventually impact every industry and aspect of modern society—from medicine, agriculture, and transportation to communication, manufacturing, and space exploration—through the development of low-cost, high-efficiency, and superior performance products. Consequently, nanotechnology will determine the direction and future of our life and planet. It is thus imperative that we expand our awareness and understanding of the applications and capabilities of this exciting and cutting-edge technology.

The course discusses the basics and fundamentals of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and their advances and impacts on various sectors, including materials and manufacturing, health, safety and medicine, bioengineering, energy and environment, electronics and systems, security and defense, and aerospace and aircraft. Instruction covers the synthesis and processing of nanoelements such as nanocrystals, nanowires, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), structural polymer nanocomposites, and nanophase and nano-structured metals and ceramics; mechanics of CNT-polymer composites and the role of nanomaterials on the mechanical properties of traditional composite and aerospace materials; nanomechanical testing and characterization techniques; and multiscale modeling and simulation, bridging the length and time scales (nano to macro), nanoassembly, nanofabrication, and nanomanufacturing.

Course Materials

Participants receive lecture notes on the first day of the course. These notes are for participants only and are not for sale or unauthorized distribution.

Coordinators and Lecturers

Hamid Saghizadeh, PhD, MBA, Boeing Technical Fellow, Boeing IDS, Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS), El Segundo, California. Dr. Saghizadeh is the focal leader in fracture mechanics/durability and damage tolerance for Boeing S&IS and leads the Fatigue and Fracture Technologies Technical Interest Group for the Boeing Enterprise. He also developed Mechanical and Structural Engineering Knowledge and Technology Management (MSEKM) at Boeing S&IS, is a pioneer in the areas of Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics (EPFM) and fracture of composites, and is recognized as an industry expert in EPFM. In addition to structural analysis, testing, and qualification test requirements, his areas of expertise include fatigue, fracture mechanics, and failure analysis, including mechanism of hydrogen-environment embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, rupture, and time-dependent failure mechanism. His areas of interest also include nanotechnology, nanomaterials for space applications, virtual testing, and multi-scale modeling.

Dr. Saghizadeh conceived of and developed an innovative and original fatigue virtual testing technology with significant industry impact. He has arrived at a technology concept based on nanotechnology to develop high strength, high stiffness and durable composite materials with significant lower weight for space applications and the related industries. He developed and published 2 original models on fracture of composites, and has made over 200 presentations and over 100 Boeing significant writings.

Jenn-Ming Yang, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA. Professor Yang has over 20 years of research and teaching experience in mechanical behavior of metallic and composite materials for aerospace structural and propulsional applications. He has performed research in material processing and process simulation, microstructural characterization and mechanical testing, micromechanical modeling, and life prediction. He received the Presidential Young Investigator’s Award from the National Science Foundation in 1990 as well as the R&D 100 Award. He has been the PI/co-PI for various federal-funded research programs, including NSF, FAA, ARO, AFOSR, NIST, and NASA. Professor Yang has published over 200 technical papers in mechanical behavior of composite materials, high-temperature materials for aerospace structures and nanostructured materials and nanomechanical testing.

Suneel Kodambaka, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA. Professor Kodambaka received his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India and his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Professor Kodambaka’s research focuses on the use of in-situ transmission- and low-energy-electron and scanning tunneling microscopy techniques to develop a fundamental understanding of the growth and stability of low-dimensional materials, such as nanocrystals, nanowires, and graphene thin films. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and has given over 80 invited presentations.


Day 1

  • Perspectives of nanoscience and nanotechnology (Saghizadeh)
  • Overview of nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and their applications (Saghizadeh)
  • Synthesis and processing of nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (Yang)

Day 2

  • Synthesis and processing of nanowires and other nanomaterials (Kodambaka)
  • Synthesis, processing, and applications of nanocomposites: Part I (Yang)
  • Chemical functionalization and dispersion—CNTs (Saghizadeh)

Day 3

  • Nanopatterning/nanoassembly and nanocharacterization tools (Kodambaka)
  • Synthesis, processing, and applications of nanocomposites: Part II (Yang)
  • Multiscale modeling and simulation of nanomaterials (Saghizadeh)

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