Nano-Size It (Ann Arbor)

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  • Learn how nanotechnology has transformed the world

  • Explore the technologies used to see and create small devices

  • Design and create your own solar cell and solar car

Program Overview

Summer 2020

At Nano-Size It you’ll explore the world of “small” and get hands-on experience on technologies developed to transform our way of life in the past 60 years. You’ll learn quantum phenomena that only exist in the small world and how these effects enabled us to harvest energy from the sunlight. You’ll build a solar cell from ground up on your own and put together a solar car that runs by converting the solar energy to mechanical power. You will learn how electrical engineers store the solar energy to make it available after dark.

Camp participants will work in small teams on the week’s projects. All lectures and lab activities will be taught by ECE faculty and current graduate and undergraduate students.

Nano-Size It will include recreational activities, daily lunches at a U-M cafeteria, and special activities designed to introduce the camper to Engineering at Michigan.

This program will require completion of multiple safety/instructional courses prior to the program date.

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*Camp activities and schedule subject to change

Meet the Instructor

Prof. P.C. Ku leads the Nanophotonics and Nanofabrication Group (NANO2). His research focuses on making optical devices more energy efficient. For example, he studies how to increase the efficiency of LEDs and solar cells, how to efficiently and securely transmit data, and how to reduce the power requirements for optical devices. P.C. has taught several courses on semiconductor devices, covering semiconductors for electronics, lasers, and solar cells, as well as nanofabrication.