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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)C Selomulya/H Wang


This unit introduces the foundation concepts of nanotechnology and nanofabrication, the basic physics of the solid state, the unique properties of nanomaterials; characterisation techniques of materials. This unit also covers polymer synthesis and characterisation, polymer nanocrystals, functional polymers such as conductive polymers and block copolymers, supramolecular structures, and amphiphilic systems and their applications in nanofabrication.


On completion of this unit, students should understand the concepts of nanotechnology, and the important role of nanomaterials in the fabrication of nanodevices; appreciate the impact of emerging nanotechnology in society; be able to describe unique properties of nanomaterials based on the understanding of the basic physics of the solid state; have a thorough knowledge of structural characterisation techniques of materials; have an ability to carry out simple characterisations of nanostructures and materials; be able to describe the fabrication and application of typical functional polymer structures; understand the principles of self assembly of amphiphilic molecules in nanofabrication; have an ability to conduct literature review on a particular topic and complete tasks as part of a team; improve oral and written communication skills.


Laboratory experiments: 10%
Individual tests: 20%
Projects: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 50%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Webley

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 2 hours practice sessions, 2 hours laboratories and 6 hours of private study per week


CHM2735 or equivalent