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MChem Chemistry with International Study / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Chemistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 21/22 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.
The unit is divided into 3 parts, given by different lecturers.
- Fundamental of quantum mechanics: how size and dimensionality affect the properties of nanomaterials.
- 2D materials: graphene. Overview on synthesis, properties and applications.
- Graphene derivatives. Overview on synthesis, properties and applications.
- 1D Carbon Nanotubes. Overview on synthesis, properties and applications
- State of the art in the nanofabrication technologies and focusing upon the interrelationship between process, resolution and materials aspects.
- Fabrication of Angstrom scale capillaries, one-atom thick 2D-fluidic devices
- Atomically precise synthesis of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and its derivatives
- The role of chemistry in the development of nanographene materials.
- Fundamentals of photoluminescence and electroluminescence from organic and inorganic materials.
- Light-Emitting Diodes (LED)
- Plasmonic: from fundamentals to manufacturing.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Personalised Learning Unit 2.10||CHEM30112||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
|Personalised Learning Unit 2.20||CHEM30122||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
The unit aims to introduce the student to nanotechnology and nanomaterials, giving an overview on the approaches used for their synthesis and their structure-properties relations. The unit will in particular cover a selection of nanomaterials that are currently attracting strong technological interest, such as graphene and related structures and inorganic/organic materials for light emitting devices.
On successful completion of the course students should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding:
- Explain the relationship between chemical structure and the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials.
- Predict the electronic and optical properties of materials with different size and dimensionality using the quantum confinement model.
- Describe the structure and properties of one-atom-thick 2D materials, such as graphene including: the band structure of graphene; the relationship between edge structure and properties.
- Describe the synthetic approaches to make graphene-based nanomaterials, its derivatives and heterostructures composed of multiple materials.
- Describe and apply covalent functionalization for tuning the properties of graphene and produce different graphene derivatives.
- Describe the structure (e.g. diameter, chirality) and properties (optical, electronic) of carbon nanotubes
- Describe and compare methods for the synthesis of carbon nanotubes
- Describe the preparation and post-growth processing methods needed to use carbon nanotubes in practical applications
- Identify possible applications of different carbon nanostructures depending on their properties.
- Explain the various nanofabrication methods related to photolithography and soft lithography.
- Describe and understand the difference between photo- or electroluminescence from inorganic and organic materials.
- Identify suitable materials for applicatiion in quantum dot (QD) or Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED)
- Describe and apply surface plasmon resonance in nanomanufacturing.
- Apply the relevant analytical methods to investigate nanoscale chemical phenomena.
- Perform calculations and data analysis to derive qualitative and quantitative information about the surface/interface.
Weekly asynchronous activities followed by synchronous session with problem-based learning.
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Problem solving and numeracy skills
- Critical thinking and critical analysis
Feedback will be given in the interactive example classes, and the pre-exam Q&A session before the end of the semester. Feedback on the exam performance will also be provided in line with school policy.
Lecturers will direct students towards appropriate advanced texts.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Ashok Keerthi||Unit coordinator|
|Alexander Romanov||Unit coordinator|
|Cinzia Casiraghi||Unit coordinator|