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About the lecturer

Satoshi Iwamoto is a professor at the Research Center of Advanced Science and Technology and the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD in 2002 in applied physics from the University of Tokyo. During his PhD, he studied photorefractive effect in semiconductor quantum wells. After he joined the University of Tokyo as a research associate, he started research on photonic nanostructures. His research interests include topological photonics and phononics, singular optics, light-matter interaction in photonic nanostructures, and fabrication technology of photonic nanostructures. He received Young Scientist Award of Japanese Society of Applied Physics (2000), the Young Scientists’ Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (2012), and the 45th Laser Society of Japan/Distinguished Paper Award (Review Paper Section) (2021). He is a Fellow of Optica (Formerly OSA).


1 Subject Nanoscience
2 Field Science, Engineering
3 Key words Nanotechnology
Nanophyics and nanoelectronics
Biomedicine and nanobiotechnology
4 Unit 1 (Omnibus format)
5 Lecturer Coordinator: Satoshi Iwamoto
6 Period June 20 - 24 and June 27 - July 1, 2021
7 Time 5:00-6:30pm (Japan Standard Time)
8 Lecture style Online (live virtual class)
9 Evaluation Criteria Excellent (S) 90 –100%; Very good (A) 80–89%; Good (B) 70–79%; Pass (C) 60–69%; Fail (D) 0–59%
10 Evaluation methods Assessment will be made in consideration of attendance frequency (Students should attend at least more than 8 lectures) and four short essays on the special lecture and on the subjects chosen from each sub-section of Nanoscience lectures (one from Biotechnology, one from Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, and one from Nanophysics and nanoelectronics). Attendance is mandatory and the scores will be given according to the essays.
11 Prerequisites Students who are majoring in the related fields are welcome to apply.
12 Contents  
  1. This course provides a general overview of nanoscience, which has grown very rapidly recently. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are playing crucial roles in diverse fields in science and technology. Without their development, our daily life would have been different largely from what we are experiencing now. For instance, you may have not been able to communicate with your friends using a smartphone. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are also revolutionizing some medical care. Drug delivery is one of the examples. This course consists of a series of lectures on some areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology: Biotechnology, Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, and Nanophysics and Nanoelectronics. Students can learn the basics and the recent progress in these fields.
  2. This course has three sub-courses: Biotechnology, Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, and Nanophysics and Nanoelectronics. Each sub-course consists of three lectures on different subjects. In the sub-course of Biotechnology, advanced biomedical science and technology bound to drug discovery will be discussed. The sub-course on Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology focuses on the understanding of the structure and functions of the living systems at the nano level as a basis for the development of bioinspired structures and functions as well as for the establishment of methodologies to integrate living components, including biomolecules and cells, into nanodevices while regulating their functions. Fundamentals of nanophysics and applications of nanostructures will be discussed in the sub-course on Nanophysics and Nanoelectronics, mainly focusing on semiconductor electronics and photonics. The exact topic of each lecture will be announced later. In addition to the aforementioned lectures, we will have a special lecture on rapidly-growing quantum computing technology by a researcher in the industry. All the lectures will be given online in a synchronous manner.
This course is organized as an omnibus lecture series. The lectures will be arranged in the course period depending on the lecturer’s schedule.
4) Assignments:
 To write three essays with a few pages on the subjects you chose from each sub-course. You are also requested to submit a short essay on the special lecture.
13 Required readings None
14 Reference readings -
15 Notes on Taking the Course ※Students are asked to have their camera turned on during the lecture.


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