The Nanoscience degree program aims to develop the engineering skills needed for nanotechnologies (a fast-growing field) that offer benefits in many areas of life, help improve many technological and industrial sectors such as information technology, energy, medical, national security, environmental science, food safety, smart and sustainable construction and many others.
The Nanosciences (NANO) study program is aiming to train specialists in this field, promoting a high level of professional know-how through specialized and interdisciplinary studies. Graduates will be able to design, organize and manage production systems or parts of them as well as to generate the necessary relationships to connect to the economic and social environment, as well as monitor studies in the design and development of new nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanodevices.
The ability - of the Nanosciences bachelor program graduate - to research and develop multifunctional/intelligent materials and devices/products for innovative fields (semiconductors, transducers, sensors, memories, materials with special properties including self-healing, self-cleaning, self-sensing, photosensitive, materials for energy production and storage, materials with optical and optoelectronic properties, flame retardant protections, materials used in depollution, hydrogen storage, etc.) is accompanied by a series of specific competences, corresponding to level 6 of the National Qualifications Framework and ISCED:
Using basic knowledge in nanosciences and nanotechnologies to obtain and use nanomaterials with different properties;
Coherent and correct argumentation and analysis of the context of the application for basic nanoscience knowledge, using key concepts with an interdisciplinary character;
Review, adjustment, and approval of engineering projects;
Monitoring environmental impact and identifying and mitigating environmental risks with consideration of necessary costs and application of health and safety standards with respect to nanomaterials and nanosystems;
Conducting chemical experiments and scientific research;
Correlation of the acquired knowledge to establish composition-structure-processing-properties interdependencies for materials studied at the nano-, micro-, and macro- scales;
Applying knowledge of nanoscience, nanotechnology, biology, chemistry, materials science, engineering principles and processes, having the ability to obtain and characterize, using state-of-the-art analytical techniques, a nanomaterial independently and using engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
Development and improvement of chemical products and processes, integration of new products into production, management of analytical and testing methods, recording of test data;
Demonstrates good documentation and scientific writing skills;
Oral and written communication in Romanian: use of scientific vocabulary specific to the field in order to communicate effectively in writing and orally;
Oral and written communication in a foreign language: demonstrates an understanding of the vocabulary related to the field in a foreign language;
Awareness of the value of its contribution in nanosciences to the identification of sustainable solutions that solve problems in social and economic life (social responsibility);
Ability to work in a team and communicate effectively, coordinating efforts with others to resolve medium complexity situations;
Autonomy and critical thinking: the ability to think scientifically, to search and analyze data independently and to formulate and present conclusions.
Based on discussions and collaborations between the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnologies and a number of research and economic agents in Romania, it was found that the job market in the field of nanosciences and nanotechnologies is extremely varied and with many opportunities for development. The main positions on the national and international labor market include: a) specialists capable of carrying out research and industrial activity in the field of nanosciences with applications in areas of great interest (obtaining nanomaterials and applying nanotechnologies to obtain devices with mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical and hybrid applications, etc.); b) specialists capable of developing sustainable solutions by adapting micro- and nanomaterials to products/devices that improve the comfort of life or reduce the influence of anthropogenic activities on the environment; c) specialists capable of developing new micro- and nano-materials used in both diagnosis and medical treatment; d) specialists qualified to develop and apply laws, regulations and procedures of good practice, with emphasis on particular ethical rules.
According to the ESCO (European Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations) classification, engineers graduating from the Nanoscience Bachelor degree program have the ability to combine scientific knowledge of atomic and molecular structures with engineering principles for the design and development of applications in a wide range of fields. They apply their knowledge in chemistry, biology, materials engineering, etc. and use their technical knowledge to improve existing applications or create micro- and nano-objects.
From an occupational point of view, graduates of the bachelor cycle fall under ESCO code 2149.11.1 (Nanoengineer), and the proposed occupations are: nanotechnology engineer, nanotechnology expert, nanotechnology specialist, nanoengineer, nanosystems specialist, nanosystems engineer, nanotechnology engineer, nanosystems expert, nanoscience engineer, nanotechnologist, nanoscience expert, nanoscience specialist.
The professional career of NANO graduates is defined in the labor market, as reflected in the expressions of interest of employers such as research institutes, small and medium enterprises, and corporations.
The teaching staff serving the Nanosciences (NANO) study program belongs to 14 departments within UPB (all staff are UPB tenured and there are no associated teaching staff or teaching staff over the legal retirement age). Of these, 7 departments belong to the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnologies, namely: Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering and Nanomaterials, Department of Bioresources and Polymer Science, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Department of Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Department of Organic Chemistry C. D. Nenițescu, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Department of General Chemistry.
The material basis necessary for the training of the students of the study program is provided entirely by the Politehnica University of Bucharest, in its own buildings. Students will have at their disposal a total area of 2103 square meters of classrooms. The teaching laboratories have a total surface of 3300 sqm, of which 583 sqm are computer laboratories equipped with modern computer systems (1033 workstations) and licensed software. The experimental teaching laboratories have a total area of 20432.05 sqm, of which 654.72 sqm in the Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, where the applied part of most of the specialized disciplines in the Nanosciences program is carried out. In this area there is also a sustained research activity, carried out both using the equipment in the teaching laboratories and in the research laboratories, with extensive and modern technical facilities. Part of the research activity is also carried out through the National Centre for Micro and Nanomaterials and the Group for Advanced Polymeric Materials.