MTE4597 - Engineering with nanomaterials - 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 Materials Science and Engineering


Professor Dan Li

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit aims to develop an understanding of synthetic methods, properties and applications of nanomaterials and nanofabrication techniques. The nanomaterials include zero-dimensional nanoparticles, one-dimensional nanostructures (nanotubes, nanorods, nanowires and nanofibres) and two-dimensional thin films and nanocomposites. Principles of nanofabrication such as lithography and self-assembly will be introduced. The unit will stress the design of properties and devices based on biomimicry. It will highlight the importance of nanostructured materials in a range of areas such as sensors and energy-related applications.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of nanostructures and interpret the sophisticated structure-property-application relationship of nanomaterials.
  2. Appraise the various techniques for synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials and appraise the advantages and limitations of each method.
  3. Safely construct experiments, analyse and interpret results and errors, and formulate conclusions as part of a team.
  4. Research the literature and generate high quality reports as a team about the practical application of nanomaterials including analysis on the commercial challenges and economic viability of nanomaterials.


Projects: 20%

Individual tests: 20%

Lab experiments: 10%

Closed book examination (2 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours of practice sessions, 1 hour of laboratories and 7 hours of private study devoted to preparation of assignments and independent study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)


MTE2541 or MSC2011