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Before choosing courseFIM3004 Nanostructured Materials and Self Assembly 6.0 creditsAdministrate About course

This course will give an advanced level introduction to a variety of chemical experimental techniques that are used for the fabrication of nanomaterials.

After a successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

• Describe and distinguish between different models of chemical bonding (ionic, covalent, Lewis, metal) and propose dominant bonding type in compounds.

• Establish Lewis structures, including resonance and alternative forms, determining VSEPR-formulas and geometry of chemical compounds and (for simple compounds) indicate hybridization.

• Draw the shape of simple molecules, show the bonding scheme and charge on each atom.

• Describe bottom-up and top-down strategies for making nanostructured materials.

• List solution based techniques used for the fabrication of nanomaterials.

• Describe co-precipitation technique and compare it with other solution based techniques.

• Describe sol-gel technique and compare it with other solution based techniques.

• Describe microemulsion synthesis technique and compare it with other solution based techniques.

• Explain the underlying principle of morphology and size control in solution-based fabrication techniques.

• Describe redox reactions and explain the princimples of electrochemical process for fabrication of nanostructured materials.

• Describe self-assembly route, explain the underlying principle for the fabrication of nanostructured materials.

• Give examples of nanostructured materials fabricated via self-assembly route.

• Describe directed-assembly route, explain underlying principles.

• Describe mesocrystals and their formation using self-assembly principles.

• Suggest possible strategies for fabrication of a nanomaterial with given complexity.

• Design a strategy/strategies for the fabrication of nanomaterials with defined composition, morphology and size constratints.

• Finding chemical information in the literature on phycial fabrication routes, compile and present this in writing and orally.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic chemistry or materials science knowledge at university introductory level.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

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Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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SCI/Applied Physics

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Education cycle

Third cycle

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Supplementary information

Different sections of the course will require different resources. Handouts and related up-to date literature resources will be utilized and distributed during classes. The following textbooks will be useful and will be followed for the indicated topics:

1. General Chemistry and principles: Burdge, J: Chemistry, 2nd Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2010.

2. Sol-gel synthesis: Sol-Gel Science: The Physics and Chemistry of Sol-gel Processing. Brinker, C.J.; G.W. Scherer, Academic Press, 1990.

3. Applied Electrochemistry. Thompson, Maurice de Kay, The MacMillan company ( available on line at: Chapter III, IV, V.

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5. Virtual Chemistry Textbook: A reference text for General Chemistry by Stephen Lower. Available online


Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics