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Fundamentals of Nanotechnology


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Module description

This module teaches how concepts from core Physics can be used to design, predict the behaviour of, and characterise nanoscale objects, machines and processes/ Students will learn some of the most important industrial applications of this technology including energy generation and nano-medicine.

Assessment details

Written 3 Hour Exam (May/June) 100%

Learning outcomes

The purpose of this module is to learn how concepts from Physics can be used to understand nanoscale devices and processes. These include 0-dimensional systems such as quantum dots and fluorescent nanoparticles. Key areas of nanotechnology to be studied includes energy capture (e.g. solar cells) and nanomedicine including nanotechnology based therapies for disease.

At the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Apply principles, ideas and techniques from physics to understand and predict nanoscale devices and behaviour and communicate the outcome of such an application effectively.
  • Describe how nanoscale particles (quantum dots) can be synthesised, characterised and utilised.
  • Discuss how nanotechnology can help in the global energy crisis and be used as a novel therapy for a range of diseases.
  • Synthesize information from physics and engineering in a manner that may be innovative.
  • Use the full range of learning resources and will be able to undertake innovative research tasks competently with some guidance.
  • Learn independently and self-critically.
  • Communicate topics of nanotechnology clearly and effectively to specialists/non-specialists.
  • Apply key concepts in physics to other disciplines.