IM3004 Nanostructured Materials and Self Assembly 6.0 credits

Nanostrukturerade material och självorganisering

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

This course has no currently valid course syllabus.

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.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Last planned examination: spring 21.

Information for research students about course offerings

This course is offered the 1st period every year.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic chemistry or materials science knowledge at university introductory level.


Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Muhammet Toprak <>

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.

4. Online source at:

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