Module Leader

Dr Chandra George

This course gives a comprehensive overview of nanotechnology for design engineers and introduces students to the ways in which the fundamental physical, electrical and optical properties of materials change on the nanoscale compared to their bulk counterparts. The methods used to fabricate nanomaterials will be discussed together with the physics and chemistry underpinning their extraordinary complexities, empowering students to tailor nanomaterial properties and to deduce design principles guiding nanotechnology applications.        

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be better able to:
  • Identify common nano-sized materials
  • Explain how nanomaterials can be engineered to serve specific applications
  • Select appropriate techniques for characterisation/manipulation on the micro- and nano- scale
  • Apply this knowledge to appropriate case studies and perform literature-based researchtowards nanotechnology applications

Description of Content

  • The physics and chemistry of nanomaterials
  • Design principles guiding nanotechnology applications, including:

-        2D nanostructures- Graphene and layered materials

-        1D nanostructures- Nanotubes and nanowires

-        0D nanostructures- Quantum dots

-        Characterisation of nanomaterials-scanning probe microscopy

  • Nanostructures and microdevices in science and technology innovation
  • Micro and Nano Fabrication
  • Micro and Nano Manipulation techniques
  • Chemical Sensors and Biosensors
  • MEMS and Bio-MEMS
  • students will apply their new knowledge to design concepts in a virtual project