Both Masters students and PhD students who graduate from the Area of Advance Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are highly employable. Many of them have a job before they graduate, and many of them also have multiple offers to choose from.
In the International Student Barometer survey 2013 which covered over 140 000 students and 178 universities worldwide, Chalmers came out very well. In particular on the key issue “Learning” (including Expertise of lecturers, Course content, Course organization and marking/feedback) Chalmers ranked as number one both in Sweden and in Europe.
In a ranking by “Universitetskanslersämbetet” in 2013, the three Nano-relevant BSc programs at Chalmers received very good judgments. Engineering Chemistry was rated “Very high Quality” and Engineering Physics and Engineering Chemistry with Physics were rated “High Quality”.
The Area of Advance keeps records of where our PhD students end up after graduation. Approximately 40% of them go to industry, 50% go to post-doc positions and a smaller fraction ~10% goes to research institutes patent offices, consulting etc. A large fraction of those who go to industry go to Swedish companies, both to larger companies such as Volvo, AstraZeneca, Borealis, ÅF, and to smaller companies. Those who continue in academia typically go abroad to universities. A few examples are Santa Barbara, Illinois, Boulder, Harvard, Columbia, Delft, Konstanz, Dresden, Karlsruhe, Cambridge and Sydney.
There is currently no BSc program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. However, the researchers within the Area of Advance are highly involved in teaching on the Bachelor courses and in including recent research discoveries into the curriculum. Each year we supervise a large number of BSc thesis works and there our goal is to bring the studies performed all the way to the research frontline.
Excellence forms early when opportunities are combined with knowledge. Therefore we have chosen to create a very close link between our graduate-level education and our research.
Through our ambition to sustain top quality research, we recognize the importance of outstanding education where students are trained in the newest emerging technologies and are engaged in cutting edge research. The course programmes are designed to educate key experts needed to solve societal and industrial challenges. Through course work and research projects, students acquire theoretical and practical skills, which they apply on real life problems: most of the day-to-day research at Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is performed by graduate students.
We aim to bring students, academy and professionals together to create a platform for contacts. Our students are supported by an excellent infrastructure, a large first-rate clean room, well establish networks and events on a regular basis. We currently offer three master's program (120 credits):
Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology
The Area of Advance Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is strongly linked to the PhD education. We employ a large number of PhD students who not only get training in advanced techniques and research practices but are also coached in the generic skills of pedagogy, presentations and innovation systems. Our goal is to deliver world-class research and with that also outstanding PhDs with state-of-the-art training to become the future leaders in academia as well as in industry and society.
We are engaged in a number of activities to popularize nanoresearch, to attract young people to science and to increase interest in society for science. We do this, for example, by giving talks at the “Göteborg Science festival” and through collaboration with the science discovery center Universeum. We are also very active in Molecular Frontiers
, a non-profit organization aiming to raise the appreciation of science and technology. Our researchers have been deeply involved in Kemikalendern
under internationella kemiåret 2011 and in producing the nanovideo: It's a matter of size
. The Area of Advance cosponsors an exhibition on graphene that will be launched June 2014 at the science center, Universeum. This follows up on an exhibition on DNA nanotechnology, supervised by Chalmers graduate students. Universeum targets children up to 13, making these exhibitions a prime opportunity to raise the next generation's interest in nanotechnology. In 2013 we held an Initiative seminar “DNA in Nanotechnology” which attracted 400 high school students.