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.
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
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:
- Describe the concepts of nanostructures and interpret the sophisticated structure-property-application relationship of nanomaterials.
- Appraise the various techniques for synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials and appraise the advantages and limitations of each method.
- Safely construct experiments, analyse and interpret results and errors, and formulate conclusions as part of a team.
- 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.
Individual tests: 20%
Lab experiments: 10%
Closed book examination (2 hours): 50%
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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