The module will convey concepts and ideas involved in NanoScience and NanoTechnology to a broad range of physical scientists. The course is intended to provide a guide to the ideas and physical concepts that allow an understanding of the changes that occur as the size scale shrinks toward the atomic scale. Because the field is extremely interdisciplinary, the course will mainly introduce many pervasive concepts such as how to measure on the nanometer scale. A critical theme is the modification of properties by controlling electrons. The course will also discuss approaches and responses to public and media scrutiny of NanoScience.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- To understand how NanoScience and NanoTechnology interact with society in a wider context.
- To understand how physical phenomena are different on the nanoscale.
- To understand how the properties of nano-objects depend on confining electron waves, and how this can be exploited.
- To understand how nanoscale objects can be probed and visualised.
- Length and Energy scales, Microscopic vs. Macroscopic vs Molecular machines
- Visualising at the Nanoscale, Microscopy with waves (optical, electron), Microscopy by scanning (tunnelling, force)
- Intro to wave equation, Confining electrons, Quantum Devices, Harnessing Wave/Particle
- Brownian motion, light scattering
- Nanoparticles & Nanostructures, Nano-magnetism
- Nano & Society
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching will be primarily by delivered lectures and multiple choice problems assigned in class (via meetoo).
|Wider reading or practice||52.5|
|Completion of assessment task||15.5|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||18|
|Total study time||150|
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External