ELEC 261: Electronic Materials & Quantum Devices

  • Course StartTBA
  • Course Duration5 Weeks
  • Workload25-30 hours per week
  • Credit OfferedRice University Credit
  • Tuition$800 per credit hour

Learn the classical and quantum physics behind both modern nanomaterials and information processing and memory devices.

Course Description

This introductory course focuses on the classical and quantum physics behind both modern nanomaterials and information processing and memory devices.

Taught by Dr. Junichiro Kono, this course will focus on:

  • Electrical conduction
  • Dielectric and optical properties
  • Wave mechanics
  • Band structure of solids
  • LEDs, transistors, photodiodes, and solar cells

By the end of this in-depth summer course, you will have a deeper understanding of:

  • Electrical conduction and optical processes in solids
  • Material structure and its importance in electronic and optical properties
  • The role of quantum mechanics in molecules, metals and semiconductors

LIVE sessions with the instructor and/or TAs will be conducted for this course between 8-9 a.m. CDT on Mondays-Fridays.

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Course Format

The course consists of video lectures, live problem-set solving and Q&A sessions, video quizzes and supplemental videos, forums, problem sets, and reading.  There will also be individual projects, assignments, and presentations.

Important Course Dates

Session II: TBA
Session II application deadline for visiting students: TBA
Session II registration deadline for Rice students: TBA

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How To Apply

Please see our Summer Sessions Application Checklist for instructions and important deadlines.

If you are not a current Rice University student, to enroll in the ELEC 261 course you must apply through the Rice University Summer School as a “Visiting Student.”  Undergraduate students may apply to the course for academic credit; graduate students and above can only apply as auditors. Please note that the requirement for proof of meningococcal vaccination is waived for 100% online course enrollment; you may skip that item on the Application Checklist.


Any questions? Please e-mail RiceOnline@rice.edu.

Professor Information

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Dr. Junichiro Kono

Junichiro Kono received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in applied physics from the University of Tokyo in 1990 and 1992, respectively, and completed his Ph.D. in physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1995. He was a postdoctoral research associate in condensed matter physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, […]

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