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Bio-Nano Materials Science and Engineering (BNMSE)

“Bio-Nano Materials Science and Engineering” is a rational fusion of the disciplines of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, which is truly interdisciplinary in nature and a unique program at AIT. It is an emerging field in science and technology developing innovative materials, devices, and processes, and creating a wide range of opportunities encompassing physics, chemistry, biology, applied sciences, various engineering fields, and biomedical technology. The program is designed to address the needs of industries that require continuous development of their workforce and highly skilled leadership to direct and innovate research and development. It has a curriculum that is developed in collaboration with top researchers, industry experts, and innovative educators that work in this field.

We are housed in the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology (SET) and any student enrolled in this program will get a Master of Science (M. Sc.), Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), or Doctoral degrees from the School of Engineering and Technology in the Bio-Nano Material Science and Engineering field of study. Depending on their backgrounds, students can choose one of the two Areas of Specialization: Nanoengineering and Bio-Nanoengineering.

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Research Focus Area

  • Nanoengineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Bio-nano engineering,
  • Biomedical engineering, 
  • Biomedical technology
  • Biosensors
  • Plasmonic materials and optoelectronic devices
  • Bio-inspired superhydrophilic/superhydrophobic surfaces
  • Energy harvesting
  • Antibiofouling
  • Photocatalysis for air/water purification
  • Biomimicry
  • SERS design for biomedical applications
  • Bio-markers

Preferred Background

The BNMSE program is geared towards students with Science and/or Engineering backgrounds, but most importantly, aims to attract students who wish to make difference and try to change our world through bio-nano way.

The program is open to all Science & Engineering students.

  • Science – any fields of physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, applied science, materials science, engineering sciences
  • Engineering – electrical, electronics, computer, telecommunication, chemical, mechanical, industrial, instrumentation, materials engineering, biomedical & other related fields
  • Professionals – with experiences as teachers, lecturers, researchers from the above fields, data scientists, technology analysts etc.

Master’s Program

During the first two semesters, master’s students are expected to complete the coursework requirement.
In summary, a master’s student in Bio-Nano Material Science and Engineering follows:
Duration: 4 semesters and 1 Inter-Semester Period (22 months)
Thesis OptionResearch Option
Required Courses6 credits6 credits
Elective Courses18 credits32 credits
Option24 credits10 credits
Total48 credits48 credits

Doctoral Program

Doctoral students in Bio-Nano Material Science and Engineering are required to take a minimum of 84 credits that comprise 12 credits of coursework including a maximum of 3 credits of special study and 72 credits of dissertation. The composition of courses taken by a doctoral student requires the consent of his/her advisor.

Course Structure

Course CodeTitleSemesterCourse CreditType
AT84.01Nano-Micro Fabrication TechnologiesAugust 3(45-0)General
AT84.02Fundamentals of BionanotechnologyAugust3(30-45)General
AT84.03Catalysis, Enzyme Kinetics and ThermodynamicsAugust3(45-0)General
AT84.04Characterization Tools in NanotechnologyJanuary3(45-0)Required
AT84.05Colloids and NanoparticlesJanuary3(30-45)General
AT84.07Biosensors and BioelectronicsJanuary3(30-45)General
AT84.08Nanomaterials and NanotechnologyAugust3(45-0)Required
AT84.09In the Mind of Entrepreneur (Part A)August1.5(22.5-0)General
AT84.10In the Mind of Entrepreneur (Part B)January1.5(22.5-0)General
AT84.11Entrepreneur in ActionJanuary3(15-90)General
AT84.9001Selected Topic: In the Mind of an Entrepreneur – An IntroductionAugust3(45-0)General
AT84.9002 Selected Topic: Circular Economy: Science, Engineering and Business InnovationJanuary3(30-45)General
AT84.9003Selected Topic: Reticular ChemistryInterSem1(15-0)General
AT84.9004Selected Topic: Advanced Techniques in Chemical SynthesisInterSem1(15-0)General

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