This course will focus on nanomaterials, chemical synthesis and technological developments. This is a multidisciplinary module involving chemistry, physics, materials and biology.
Students will be given non-assessed problems sheets and are expected to solve these in their own time. They will also be provided with references to books and research publications to engage with in order to enhance their learning.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Understand the the physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials.
- Demonstrate understanding characterization techniques for nanomaterials
- Recognise the value of oligonucleotides in nanoparticle self-assembly.
- Understand and describe the use of unique optical properties of nanoscale metallic structures for analytical and biological applications
- Acquire knowledge of basic approaches to synthesize inorganic colloidal nanoparticles and their self-assembly in solution and surfaces
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Be able to critically evaluate nanotechnology concepts and therefore be equipped to delve deeper into nanotechnology research
- Introduction to Nanoscience
- Colloidal nanoparticles: Metal nanoparticles, semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots), perovskite nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles, fundamentals of nucleation, influence of ligands in the crystal growth and colloids stabilization, synthesis of anisotropic nanocrystals.
- Spectroscopic characteristics of nanomaterials.
- Self-assembly of nanomaterials: Layer by Layer assembly, block copolymers, self-assembled monolayers, ionic self-assembly, DNA based self-assembly. Self-assembly of inorganic nanospheres
and anisotropic particles, superlattices, tip to tip assembly.
- Scanning Probe Microscopies.
- Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
- Coulomb blockade effect
- Electron microscopies: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
Learning and Teaching
|Wider reading or practice||98|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||10|
|Completion of assessment task||2|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
G. Cao (2004). Nanostructures and Nanomaterials. Imperial College press.
I. W. Hamley (2000). Introduction to Soft Matter. Wiley.
G. Schmid (2004). Nanoparticles: From Theory to Applications. Wiley.
Pande et al . (2017). Carbon Nanomaterials Synthesis, structure, properties and applications . Taylor &Francis Group.
G. L. Hornyak, J. Dutta, H.F. Tibbals, A. K. Rae (2008). Introduction to Nanoscience. Taylor and Francis.
Proctor et al (2016). An Introduction to Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes . 2016 CRC Press.
Yanglong Hou David J. Sellmyer (2017). Magnetic nanomaterials: Fundamentals, Synthesis and Applications . Wiley.
Caruso (2004). Colloids and Colloid Assemblies. Wiley.
G.A. Ozin, A.C. Arsenault, L. Cademartiri (2009). Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials. RSC Publishing.
Smart and Moore (2012). Solid state chemistry: An Introduction . Taylor and Francis group.
(2022). World Scientific Reference on Plasmonic Nanomaterials.
Fan Zhang (2015). Photon Upconversion Nanomaterials. Springer.
E. W. Wolf (2006). Nanophysics and Nanotechnology. Wiley.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External