EECE 401 Nanotechnology in Electronics

Instructor: Dr. John Madden

Instructors Website HERE

Office: Kaiser 3042
Lab: AMPEL 341
Office Phone: 604-827-5306
E-mail Address: jmadden at ece ubc ca
Course Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00pm-3:30pm in MCLD 214
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm in Kaiser 3042, 3046 or 3047

TA: Mohammad Mirvakili - E-mail sm.mirvakili at gmail
TA Office Hours: TBA
TA Office: TBA

Course Description:

This course is a core course in the Nanotechnology and Microsystems Option and is open to all 4th year ECE students.

This course covers fundamental topics related to nanodevices and nanoelectronics. Students will learn the fundamentals of confined systems including a review of quantum mechanics, periodic potentials, particle statistics, and the density of states. Students will learn how to describe the bandstructure of materials including graphene, carbon nanotubes, etc. The course will also cover tunnel junctions, Coulomb blockade,and single electron effects. The course will also cover quantum-dots, wires, and wells, including a review of ballistic transport in 1D structures.

Recommended Textbook:

G. W. Hansen, “Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics”, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-195708-2

Optional Supplemental Textbook:

S. Datta, “Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor”, Cambridge Press, ISBN: 0-521-63145-9


  • Review of syllabus and introduction to nanoelectronics (1 lecture)
  • Quantum dots, the coulomb blockade, and single electron transistors: Reference Hansen 7.1,2,3 (2 weeks)
  • Particle in a box and relationship with Quantum dots: Atkins, Physical Chemistry, Hansen Ch 4 (1.5 weeks)
  • Numerical methods for solving the Schrödinger equation (1 week)
  • Tunnel junctions, gate leakage and resonant tunneling diode (1.5 week)
  • Further applications of quantum dots (1 weeks)
  • Quantum wells and their electronic and opto-electronic applications (1 week)
  • Quantum wires and electron flux(1 week)
  • Ballistic transport in transistors and nanotubes (2 week)
  • Graphene - the future of electronics? (1 week)
  • A little on quantum computing, if time permits


Each student should also apply for a nanoHUB account ( The tools on NanoHUB provide valuable visualization and numerical experimentation support for learning this material. Students are also advised to download the nanoHUB podcasts available on iTunes.

Course Notes, Assignments, and Dates

Get course notes [HERE]
MIDTERM October 27th
Syllabus is in the file attachment below!