CHE3172 - Nanotechnology and materials 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering


Assoc Professor Xuchuan Jiang (Clayton)

Dr Patrick Tang Siah Ying (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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.


Projects/Tests/Laboratory: 50% + Examination (2 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 and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)


CHM1011 or CHM1051 or CHM1022 or CHM1052 or CHM2735 or PSC1021 or PSC1022.