MTE4597 - Engineering with nanomaterials - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Neil Cameron


Professor Terence Turney

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MTE2541 or MSC2011


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), two-dimensional thin films and three-dimensional nanocomposites. Principles of nanofabrication such as lithography, self-assembly and biomimicry will be introduced. The unit will stress the rational design of properties of nanostructured materials and how they may be exploited for every day applications, ranging from food packaging and sunscreens to sensors and energy-related areas.


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, both individually and 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.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 75%

Closed book examination (2 hours): 25%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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

3 hours lectures, 3 hours of practice sessions/laboratories and 6 hours of private study devoted to preparation of assignments and independent study per week.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Materials science