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Brief outline:

For students who have a keen interest in nanotechnology and want to look beyond the boundaries of their own field of study!

Do you want to learn about the latest nanotechnology developments in your field of study? Are you curious about the fundamentals of other disciplines and willing to work with other specialists? Twente is rapidly becoming the centre for nanotechnology due to the presence of the University of Twente and the MESA + Institute for Nanotechnology, one of the largest and most prominent institutes in this area in the world, and of dozens of (nanotechnological) companies and nano start-ups.

Nanotechnology is expected to also have a major future impact on existing disciplines: (bio)medical and chemical laboratories and measurement and analysis techniques will undergo drastic changes thanks to the advent of new (nano)technologies. A wide range of new, cheaper detectors will become available and will have to be built into new equipment. New materials in power generation, new coatings, and new developments in the medical field (new medicines, new diagnosis and treatment techniques) will change our world. Nanotechnology will shape the future.


Learning outcomes  

Nanotechnology permeates all technical disciplines and engages in the creation of applications based on structures and devices with dimensions of less than 0.1 micrometre. Nanotechnology is at the forefront of technological developments. The discoveries and developments at universities need to be transformed into new products and applications. This is where the HBO nanotechnologist comes in. Via the micro-world, you will connect the nano-world of atoms, molecules and nanoparticles to the macro-world of humans and products.

In this minor, you will develop the following competences:

1. You are able to understand what distinguishes nanotechnology from the micro- and macro-world within your field of study;
2. You are able to quickly become acquainted with the very diverse nanotechnology-related subjects in various disciplines, in collaboration with others;
3. You are able to quickly recognise the essentials of nanotechnological issues;
4. You are able to identify the potential applications and implications of nanotechnology for your field of study, and you know how to develop ideas to actually realise these potential applications;
5. You are able to work with technical specialists from other fields of study;
6. You are able to communicate about nanotechnology with technical specialists and non-technicians at all levels.

Nanotechnology can be taken as a stand-alone, broadening minor, but also constitutes the first half year of the two-year study path Nanotechnology. 

The student is expected to devote full-time effort to the minor, which comprises 30 credits. 

The course materials, lectures and reports are all in English, where possible. We expect you to use the English language as much as possible, orally and in writing, but you can of course fall back on Dutch.

Aanvullende informatie

Course structure

In the theory lectures you will learn what distinguishes the nano-world from the macro-world, and how these differences manifest themselves. You will learn about topics from the various disciplines. You will explore the applications of nanotechnology, e.g. Lab-on-chip sensors. On the basis of a number of laboratory experiments from the various disciplines, each with a nanotechnological aspect, you will learn how micro- and nanotechnology works in practice. Here you learn to work together with students from all disciplines and thus to better understand each other's jargon.

Before submitting through Kies op Maat please contact the minor contact person : Wim Tiemessen ( if participating is still possible or whether the maximum number of participants has been reached. 




Target group

Target group are full-time students of the programmes Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology and Medical Laboratory Techniques, Crime Science, Technical Informatics, Mechatronics. 

The minor can also serve as an introduction to the 2-year study path Nanotechnology.

Exclusions: Architecture and Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, International Business and Management Studies, Industrial Engineering & Management.

Admission criteria: P-degree and 45 EC of the main phase.


Assessment methods

There will be a written examination on the theory. Examinations of practical training take the form of written reports and presentations.


Literature will be publicized on the Saxion BISONcatalogus.


The schedule will be published on 'MySaxion' Tuesday before the start of the minor.