Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education is first and foremost a new medium for providing collegiate students with a general understanding about the new technologies on the nano scale. We accomplish this by beginning to utilize the new and exciting science of nanotechnology in classes at the University of South Carolina.

NEW COURSE SCHC 403A Maymester 2009

Taught by Dr. Barbara Karn

Behavior, Effects and Uses of Nanomaterials in the Environment

Beginning with global concepts of science and materials engineering, this course covers the fundamentals of nanotechnology and nanomaterials.  Emphasis will be given to environmental and health aspects such as green nanotechnology, risk, human and ecotoxicology, fate and transport in the environment, and exposure routes. In addition to how nanotechnology fits in with the current disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, students will learn about policy and ethical issues associated with new technologies. Nanomaterial-enabled products such as electronics, medical devices and drugs, coatings, alternate energy sources, catalysts, and others will be discussed.  

About Dr. Barbara Karn

Dr. Karn holds a Ph.D. in biology and environmental science from Florida International University. She has master’s degrees from Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ohio State University. Her professional background ranges from electroplating to polymers, from environmental consulting to small business owner, and from academic administrator to water quality management planner.

Dr. Karn is a much sought-after lecturer, speaking mainly on Green Nanotechnology; Environment, health and safety issues of Nanotechnology; and Responsible and Sustainable Development of Nanotechnology.  Dr. Karn contributes to both US Federal Government reports and open scientific publications and serves on several advisory boards.  She is the lead editor of the book, Nanotechnology and the Environment: Applications and Implications (Oxford University Press, June 2005).