ESONN 2013 — Nano Portfolio Student Tim Bogart Shares his Experience

The European School on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (ESONN) is a 3 week summer school located in Grenoble, France operated as a joint collaboration by French universities, Université Joseph Fourier (UJF) and Grenoble Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble INP), and national laboratories, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) and Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Over 40 graduate students and post-docs from across the globe are selected to attend the school which features both lectures and laboratory practicals designed to teach the fundamentals of nanoscience, introduce new techniques, and discuss the future of nanotechnology. The lectures are given by distinguished members of the scientific community from all around Europe with focus on either biological applications or nano-electronics. Over 50 different laboratory practicals are offered, ranging from electron microscopy to nanolithography to biochips, which students can select to tailor their learning experience to their specific needs. Students are also given an opportunity to network and develop collaborations through a set of presentations and poster sessions describing their research to one another. Outside of the classroom, the program offers numerous opportunities for students to socialize and have fun including a welcome wine and cheese party, an anniversary cocktail hour, and farewell dinner. Students are also encouraged to explore the surrounding mountain region unique to Grenoble with an organized hike through the Chartreuse Mountains and visit to the ancient monastery where the liqueur Chartreuse was first brewed.

Timothy Bogart, a graduate student in the Korgel Research Group and member of the Nano Portfolio Program, offers his personal account of the summer school: “ESONN 2013 was the most interesting experience of my graduate career thus far. I selected the lecture series focused more on electronic nanomaterials because of my research on the use of silicon and germanium nanowires in electronic devices. The lectures provided insight into the theory governing nanomaterial properties and gave me a better understanding of the techniques used for nanofabrication and characterization. The practicals gave me the opportunity to learn and try out new techniques, which may be beneficial to my research. While in Grenoble I was able to tour the research facilities at CEA and CNRS and speak with researchers working on a variety of topics from improved silicon transistors to biological nanosensors.  On my free weekends I was able to hike through the mountains, tour the Chartreuse brewery in Voiron, visit the museum of the French revolution in Vizille, and go rafting down a river made from snow melting off the mountain peaks. On this trip I made valuable friends from all over the world that I will never forget. Overall the experience greatly enhanced my understanding of international science community and broadened my cultural horizons. I strongly recommend attending ESONN.”


Students intensely focused on the lectures

Nanolithography pattern fabricated during one of the laboratory practicals

A view of Grenoble from the bastille located at the top of a hill overlooking the city

The attendees of ESONN 2013