Important Course Dates:

Session III: June 26th – July 28th, 2017
Session III application deadline for visiting students: June 1
Session III application deadline: June 12
Session III registration deadline for Rice students: June 25

About This Course

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 and Dr. Pengcheng Dai, this course will focus on:

  • Electrical conduction
  • Dielectric and optical properties
  • Magnetism
  • Superconductivity
  • Mechanical and thermal 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 and thermal conduction 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. CST on Mondays-Fridays.

Course Workload

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.


Tuition for Rice and visiting students:
$1000 $700 per credit hour
$915 Audit Course –¬†Visiting Students
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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.


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Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus

Professor Information

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Dr. Pengcheng Dai

Pengcheng Dai received his B. S. degree from Zhengzhou University in 1984, and his Ph. D degree from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1993. After 3 years of postdoc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), he became staff scientist at ORNL

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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

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