Checking date: 20/06/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Study: Bachelor in Engineering Physics (363)

Coordinating teacher: TORRES CARRASCO, MANUEL

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Introduction.- Historical development of nanomaterials. Nanomaterials versus Bulk solids. Analogies and differences. Classification of nanomaterials Fundamentals.- Size & Scale. Atoms, Molecules, Clusters and Supramolecules. Structure and Bonding in Nanomaterials. Hierarchical Structures. Zero- Dimensional nanomaterials: nanoparticles. One-Dimensional nanomaterials: nanowires & nanorods. Two-Dimensional nanomaterials: Thin films and monolayers Properties and Size dependence of properties Nanomaterial Synthesis (bottom-up, Top-down): Chemical routes. Electrochemical methods. Microwave synthesis, Vapor growth Thin films methods: chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition (sputtering, laser ablation). Mechanical methods: ball milling, mechanical attrition. Sol-gel methods. Pulsed Laser Ablation. Micromachining Methods. Special nanomaterials: carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, nanowires, porous silicon. Nanomaterial characterization techniques: Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopies: Atomic Force, scanning tunneling microscopy, Diffraction and scattering techniques, Vibrational spectroscopy, Surface techniques, Thermal characterization, Electrical measurements Applications: Nano-electronics, Nano optics, Nanoscale chemical- and bio-sensing, Biological/bio-medical applications, Photovoltaic, fuel cells, batteries and energy-related applications, High strength nanocomposites. Environmental and health risks associated with the use of nanomaterials
Learning activities and methodology
AF1. THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL CLASSES. Knowledge and concepts students mustacquire. Receive course notes and will have basic reference texts.Students partake in exercises to resolve practical problems AF2. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring) or in-group (group tutoring) for students with a teacher.Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/ 100% on- site attendance. AF3. STUDENT INDIVIDUAL WORK OR GROUP WORK.Subjects with 6 credits have 98 hours/0% on-site. AF8. WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORY SESSIONS. Subjects with 6 credits have 8 hours/100% on-site instruction. AF9. FINAL EXAM. Global assessment of knowledge, skills and capacities acquired throughout the course. It entails 4 hours/100% on-site MD1. THEORY CLASS. Classroom presentations by the teacher with IT and audiovisual support in which the subject`s main concepts are developed, while providing material and bibliography to complement student learning MD2. PRACTICAL CLASS. Resolution of practical cases and problem, posed by the teacher, and carried out individually or in a group MD3. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring sessions) or in-group (group tutoring sessions) for students with teacher as tutor. Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/100% on-site. MD6. LABORATORY PRACTICAL SESSIONS. Applied/experimental learning/teaching in workshops and laboratories under the tutor's supervision.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Gogotsi. . Nanomaterials Handbook. CRC Press. 2006
  • M.R. Wiesner; J-I. Bottero; . Environmental Nanotechnology: applications and Impacts of nanomaterials. Mc. Graw Hill. 2000
  • P. C.N.R. Rao; A. Muller; A.K. Cheetham. Nanomaterials Chemistry: new developments and new directions . Wiley-VCH. 2007
  • Poole & F.J. Owens. Introduction to Nanotechnology . Ed. Wiley . 2003
  • Vollath. . Nanomaterials: an introdution to synthesis, properties and applications. Wiley-VCH. 2008

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.