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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)R Singh/H Wang


This unit develops an understanding of synthetic methods, properties and applications of nanomaterials and nanofabrication techniques. The nanomaterials include zero-dimensional nanoparticles, one-dimensional nanostructures, two-dimensional thin films, nanoporous materials and nanocomposites. Principles of nanofabrication such as lithography and self-assembly will be introduced. The system will stress nanocomposites based on biomimicry and will cover a range of properties. It will highlight the importance of nanostructured materials used in biosensors, drug and gene delivery and tissue engineering. Examples of bionanotechnolgy inspired nanostructures will be covered.


On completion of this unit, students will understand the concepts of nanostructures and nanofabrication, have a thorough knowledge of synthesis, properties and applications of nanomaterials. They will understand engineering applications of nanomaterials in engineering applications, particularly as relates to making nanocomposites with other materials. They will understand the usefulness of the biomimetic approach in designing synthetic structures based on nature. Students will appreciate new advances lying at the interface of engineering and biology. Nanomaterials used in medicine will covered including biosensors, drug and gene delivery and for advanced scaffolds used in tissue engineering. Bionanotechnology approaches to build nanostructures using self assembling peptides and DNA will be introduced. They should have improved skills in team work, understanding the literature, completing tasks as part of a team, and also obtain improved oral and written communication skills.


Lab experiments: 5%, Projects: 20%, Individual tests: 25%
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, 1 hour laboratories and 7 hours of private study per week


MTE2541 or MSC2011