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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Physics

VCU Nanoscience Ph.D. Program

Learn more about our Ph.D. program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Full tuition and stipend support available.

If you are interested in applying to the program, we highly recommend that you contact the Director, Massimo Bertino: We would love to hear from you!

Meet the Faculty

 Program of Study - 4 Years to Ph.D.

The table shows the 4-year plan of study showing the courses and requirements that your will need to complete for the Nanoscience Ph.D. at VCU.




Year One NANO 570, PHYS 560, ElectiveNANO 571, NANO 630, ElectiveDirected Research
Qualifier Exam
Year Two 

Directed Research

Candidacy Exam 

Directed Research

NANO 692 - Lit. Seminar 

Directed Research
Year ThreeDirected Research Directed Research Directed Research 
Year Four  Directed Research Dissertation Defense 

Core Courses

NANO 570 Nanoscale Physics

NANO 571 Nanoscale Chemistry

NANO 630 Experimental Techniques in Nanoscience

PHYS 560 Fundamentals of Semiconductor Nanosctructures


CHEM 511 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

CHEM 620 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 622 Solid State and Materials Chemistry

CHEM 637 Electrochemistry Applications

PHYS 522 Optics and Laser Physcis

PHYS 641 Solid State Physics

PHYS 680 High Bandwidth Nanoscale Control Positioning and Dynamics.

Deadlines, Admission and Degree Requirements

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