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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 3.052 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Christine Ortiz 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 3.052 Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    3.052 Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials

    Spring 2007

    Graphic showing wide variation in modulus on a nanostructure level.
    This 3D illustration of a modulus map of bone was produced using atomic force microscope (AFM) data on the nanomechanical spatial heterogeneity of bone stiffness. Simulations using this data predict markedly different biomechanical properties compared with a uniform material, which may serve as a design consideration for biologically inspired materials technologies. See Tai, K., M. Dao, S. Suresh, A. Palazoglu, and C. Ortiz. "Nanoscale Heterogeneity Promotes Energy Dissipation in Bone." Nature Materials 6 (June 2007): 454-462. (Image by Prof. Christine Ortiz.)

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the latest scientific developments and discoveries in the field of nanomechanics, the study of forces and motion on extremely tiny (10-9 m) areas of synthetic and biological materials and structures. At this level, mechanical properties are intimately related to chemistry, physics, and quantum mechanics. Most lectures will consist of a theoretical component that will then be compared to recent experimental data (case studies) in the literature. The course begins with a series of introductory lectures that describes the normal and lateral forces acting at the atomic scale. The following discussions include experimental techniques in high resolution force spectroscopy, atomistic aspects of adhesion, nanoindentation, molecular details of fracture, chemical force microscopy, elasticity of single macromolecular chains, intermolecular interactions in polymers, dynamic force spectroscopy, biomolecular bond strength measurements, and molecular motors.

    Special Features

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls, .stp, .exe, .mpeg, .avi, .mov, and .rm.


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