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FKD3300 Nanostructured Materials 6.0 credits

The course covers properties of a range of nanostructured materials found in nature and in technology

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKD3300 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Lectures, Seminars, Own oral and written presentations covering:
  • Self-assembly processes and the molecular interactions driving these processes
  • Mesoporous materials, from butterfly wings to templating techniques
  • Responsive coatings, controlled and sustained release
  • AFM and wettability – focus on instrumentations
  • Industrial applications
  • Nanomechanical properties of nanocomposites and seashells
  • The special properties of spider silk, the nanostructure gives record toughness
  • Superhydrophobicity and superadhesion, Lotus leaf and gecko feet
  • Nanoparticles – environmental and health aspects
  • Biolubrication and the nanostructure of cartilage

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the doctoral student should

  • demonstrate for the level of the course adequate acquired knowledge in the area of nanostructured materials, including environmental and health aspects of nanoparticles and how nanostructured materials can contribute to sustainable development.
  • have the knowledge and ability todesign, plan and carry out a project to address a scientific problem in the area of nanostructured materials.
  • Be able to present the project orally and in text in a pedagogical way.

Course disposition

Lectures and one research seminar

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

Some previous knowledge about self-assembly and intermolecular forces is beneficial but not an absolute requirement.


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Lecture material and scientific articles

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • SEM1 - Seminarier, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Approved written examination, written report and oral presentation.

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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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FKD3300

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Per Martin Claesson, telnr: +46 8 790 9904, e-mail:

Supplementary information

The course is also given to undergraduate student and then has course code KD2170. See the home page of this course for further information.

Note the laboratory part of KD2170 is not offered to PhD-students.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry