Ph.D. in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
North Carolina A&T State University
USD 5,278 / per semester *
Earliest start date
* total in-state tuition and fees: $5,277.56 | total out-of-state tuition and fees: $11,677.56. Additional fees may apply. Fees are subject to change
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) is much more than an academic unit. Our dynamic institution lives at the intersection of research and execution, the catalyst for breakthrough innovations that create high-impact academic, industry, and government research outcomes. We offer rigorous academic programs, as well as cutting-edge facilities and equipment that can help you achieve your own breakthroughs.
JSNN has six research focus areas —nanobioscience, nanometrology, nanomaterials (with special emphasis on nanocomposite materials), nanobioelectronics, nanoenergy, and computational nanotechnology.
Our mission is to forge partnerships with scientists and researchers from industry, academia, and government, working together to create impactful scientific research that drives change. Whether you’re looking to further your education or create a dynamic research collaboration, JSNN is here to partner with you. Come and explore the possibilities with us.
Out research strengths
- Aerospace and Transportation Systems
- Biomedical Research
- Biotechnology & Biosciences
- Computer and Computational Sciences
- Defense and National Security
- Energy and the Environment
- Food Science
- Human Health, Nutrition, and Wellness
- Leadership and Community Development
- Nanotechnology and Multi-Scale
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Transportation and Logistics
What are the differences between Nanoscience and Nanoengineering?
Nanoscience is the study of structures and materials by connecting macroscopic to the nano-scale world. Building on fundamental concepts from related STEM disciplines (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering), nanoscience:
- Characterizes the properties (chemical, mechanical, biological) of materials on the nanoscale, and demonstrates their role in participating and mitigating the pathways and rates of chemical reactions.
- Demonstrates the impacts of nanoparticles on environmental (system level), organismal, and human health.
- Discovers applications of nanoparticles in the design and development of next-generation materials used for the benefit of humanity.
Nanoengineering is the practical application of nanoscience. This field involves developing emerging technologies that are miniature, powerful, and efficient. Examples include photonic lasers, nanoelectronics, medical diagnostic devices, and sensors.
Both disciplines belong to the field of nanotechnology and are multidisciplinary fields which can include chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, physics, geology, computer science, engineering disciplines, information storage, biomedical sciences, Earth Science, and environmental science.
Nanotechnology has contributed to revolutionary breakthroughs in product manufacturing and healthcare. Nano-enabled products are worth roughly US $1 trillion annually, which is expected to become the US $3 trillion in 2020. Over 600 nanotechnology-based consumer products are already on the market today, such as stronger yet lighter sports equipment, computer processors and batteries, sustainable energy devices, food products, efficient satellites, water treatment methods, enhanced images for medical diagnostics, artificial tissues, enhanced sunscreens, and antimicrobial and stain-proof fabrics.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoengineering is designed for individuals from diverse science and engineering backgrounds who desire to conduct advanced engineering research at the nanometer scale.
Scholarships and Funding
Fellowships and Assistantships
- Nearly 90% of current students receive some form of assistantship and tuition waiver
- Title III HBGI Ph.D. Fellowship
- NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) in Microbiomes
- Dean’s Fellowship
- Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships
The Ph.D. program generally takes 4 years to complete. The duration may take longer depending on thesis/dissertation topic, writing, and research.
- Ranked by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as “doctoral/research university”
- Ranked third within the UNC System in research funding, with over $56 million in sponsored programs and nearly $7 million in appropriations for agricultural research and cooperative extension
- Received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Engineering Research Center (ERC) grant for biomedical engineering and nanobio applications research totaling more than $18 million over five years
- Received a National Science Foundation’s Math S-STEM Program in Mathematics grant
- The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) preparation programs are among the top in the state
- North Carolina A&T graduates students in STEM disciplines at nearly twice the rate of the UNC system average
- The Triangle Business Journal has reported that North Carolina A&T State University ranks No. 1 among historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina and No. 4 in the UNC System for the highest return on investment of colleges and universities
Program Tuition Fee
Graduates are prepared to seek positions in industry, government, academia in fields that utilize nanotechnology. Graduates will be professional, effective communicators and leaders in the supply chain, operations, manufacturing, information technology, construction, and graphics.
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