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MEng Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Graphene & Nanomaterials
|Unit level||Level 7|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Nanomaterials are an important class of transformative materials that are used in a range of applications from smart phones to solar energy.
This unit covers advanced topics in nanotech. Its aim is to prepare students for nanomaterials careers using research-focused teaching approach thus improving student employability in academia and industry by: Engendering an appreciation of wider aspects of nanomaterials as a field using research-based examples. Equipping students with a synthetic tool kit for careers in nanoscience. Delivering an appreciation of the potential socio-economic impact of nanotechnology. Delivering an appreciation of health and safety and environmental concerns regarding the widespread adoption of nanotechnology.
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Intellectual skills
- Practical skills
- Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, group tutorials (problem sessions), recommended textbooks, web resources, self- teaching worked examples, past exam papers, electronic supporting information (Blackboard).
Knowledge and understanding
- Propose and justify synthetic routes toward nanomaterials (excluding lithography, which is covered in Y3).
- Describe physical characterisation techniques applied to nanomaterials – based on literature case studies.
- Discuss the various classes of nanomaterials by dimensionality and their applications based on nanoscale properties.
- Appraise the use of nanomaterials as probes in medical applications (therapeutic, diagnostic). Have an appreciation of multimodal and theranostic nanomaterials that combine advanced functionalities.
- Have an appreciation of other nanomaterials including MOFs and molecular machines and explain why they are of interest in terms of their applications.
- Describe the main features of graphene as a nanomaterial and evaluate applications of the material in opto-electronics, composites and any other application discussed.
- Describe the main features of two-dimensional semiconductors and be able to justify their use as a complementary technology to graphene.
- Assess the main routes towards assembly of nnomaterials into macroscale objects via such routes as aerogels and supramolecular assembly.
- Compare and contrast the major characterisation techniques used in nanomaterials research (including EM, SPM, and spectroscopy) and justify their choice based on the data that each technique provides.
- Assess the disruptive effects of nanotechnology and socio-economic benefits and hazards of widespread adoption and deployment.
- Summarize current research directions in nanotechnology as well as propose suggestions for future research directions.
- Appraise general top-down and bottom-up strategies toward nanomaterials.
- Select and justify appropriate synthesis for any given material type and application.
- Be given a nanomaterial and propose experimental techniques to characterise it, or an aspect of it, to publication standard with a discussion of what information can be gained from each experiment.
- Discuss types of materials that are currently being investigated in nanoscience and what applications they could be used for based on appraisal of their scale-dependant properties.
- Be able to carry out simple experiments in nanomaterials or write up a nano science report after being given authentic lab data.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Solve numerical problems.
- Work as part of a team.
- Write concise and relevant reports in an appropriate format.
Feedback given (written and verbal)
Textbook of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, B.S Murty, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-642-28030-6 Handbook of Nanomaterials Properties, B. Bhushan, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-642-31107-9 “Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials”, G.A. Ozinand A. Arsenault, Taylor and Francis Nanotechnology: principles and Practice (3rd Edn),DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09171-6__1
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|David Lewis||Unit coordinator|