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.