Micro and Nanotechnology is an emerging area of science and technology, with developments and innovations that are radically changing our lives and the different aspects of the same. Their pervasiveness and cross-disciplinary application is absolute, since there is no scientific or technical field that does not benefit from them. Expectations and future potential are even greater, thanks to the continuous deepening of knowledge about physical phenomena at the nanoscale, materials and their properties, and finally on the technologies for their processing and exploitation in devices (electronics, sensors, actuators, energy harvesters, ... ). Therefore, the application areas and the job opportunities for a graduate in Nanotechnology for ICT are extremely diversified and typically associated to companies or research centers operating at the highest international levels in terms of innovation.
The multidisciplinary nature of micro and nanotechnology, required for the transformation of ideas into applications, can be approached from different points of view. As to introduce a simplification and an almost didactic classification, there are two main approaches: one called " bottom up" approach that involves the construction or the assisted self-assembly of nanostructures starting from the basic elements of matter (atoms and molecules) and the so-called "top down", whose purpose is to develop more and more complex tools and techniques to transform the material from macroscopic objects (eg . a silicon wafer ) to get items and devices with an increasing resolution of its fundamental components. Think for instance to the smallest transistors currently on the market, based on a technology with a resolution of 22 nm, while similar devices with a resolution of 14 nm are being developed.
The Master Degree in Nanotechnologies for ICT, besides providing advanced knowledge of solid state physics and about the properties of materials at the nanoscale, focuses on the "top down" methodologies and techniques with particular application of the same to micro-and nanoelectronics and the ICT sector. The expertise in this area at the Polytechnic of Turin are of the highest level, even when compared to the international context. Lectures are complemented by tutorials and practical work in laboratories, some of which are also in clean room.
At the end of their didactic trail, students will have the opportunity to choose where to carry out the thesis. Thanks also to the fact that classes are entirely taught in English, in a strongly multi-ethnic environment and about disciplines on state of the art in terms of scientific and technological innovation, students will have the opportunity to carry out the thesis work in any Italian or foreign company or research center. To this end, there is a rich and extremely extensive network of international agreements with the most prestigious institutions. As an example, you are invited to consult the "Carried out These
s " section to get an overview of some available options. In some cases opportunities to obtain the double title are also provided.
The Master in Nanotechnologies for ICTs provides two elective curricula: the National, fully on-campus, and the International, with a restricted number policy, with the first semester at the Politecnico di Torino, a second semester at the Minatec
in Grenoble and the third semester at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
(EPFL). Refer to the specific section for further details on the international elective curriculum.