Nanomaterials and nanotechnology for engineering applications.
Production and properties of a whole range of nanomaterials inclusive of nanostructured polymers and nanocomposites materials.
There are no prerequisite modules. It is however, recommended that students should have knowledge of the basic principles of Materials Science.
A. Introduction. Historical perspective. Advantages and applications of nanotechnology. Future perspectives.
B. Brief description of electronic, mechanical, electrical, magnetic and optical properties of materials. Influence of the nanoscale on these properties.
C. Classification of the nanomaterials as zero-, one- and two- dimensional Nanostructures (nano particles, nano wires/ nanotubes /nano rods, graphene and other 2D materials. Properties and applications.
D. Overview of Nano Fabrication Methods: Top-down and bottom-up approaches, lithography, deposition, CVD, PVD, wet etching, dry etching and material modification methods, pattern transfer methods processes and equipment.
E. Nanostructured polymers- Methods and polymerization technics which can be used for the synthesis of block and graft copolymers, suitable for the creation of nanostructured systems. Study of the phase separation of block copolymers, micro-phase separation, appearance of nanostructures. Exploitation of the micro-phase separation of the block copolymers for the creation of useful nanostructures.
F. Nanocomposite materials- types of inclusions, type of matrices, dispersion of inclusions, modification of matrix at nanoscale, production methods (shear mixing, centrifugal mixer, extrusion etc). Properties (electrical, mechanical, etc.) and applications.
G. Characterization Methods and Tools- Optical microscopy, Profilometry, Ellipsometry, IR and Raman spectroscopies, Scanning Electron, Microscope, AFM etc..
H. Application of nano materials, Carbon Nano Tubes, Quantum dots, Graphene, Organic compounds etc
LECTURES: 3 h/w
PROJECT / HOMEWORK: 1/semester
Total Module Workload (ECTS Standards):
- Written examination (50% of total mark)
- Individual project per student on a specific nanotechnology topic (50% of total mark).