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KD2170 Nanostructured Materials 7.5 credits

Nanotechnology enables new solutions for solving the problems of today and tomorrow in areas ranging from medicine to materials science, and it is expected to be an important step in the strive towards a sustainable society.

Nanomaterials and nanostructured materials are increasingly produced and applied in many technical applications to enhance, e.g. material properties. This course aims to provide an understanding of how nature uses nanostructured materials to achieve certain properties and how similar materials can find use in different applications to achieve the material properties we are after.

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2170 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is focused on describing different types of nanostructured materials, and to provide explanations to the unique properties of nanostructured materials. The nature is full of nanostructured materials with fascinating organization and function. Some of these will be described with emphasis on structure-function relationships. Similar nanostructures and their use in some current technology areas will also be addressed. Self-association phenomena, preparation methods, and characterization methods will be discussed.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Describe what nanostructured materials are and give examples of such materials in nature and in technology. This includes their special physical properties and how these properties are utilized in nature and in certain technology areas.
  • Characterize nanostructured surfaces, written report.
  • From literature studies, be able to describe a specific area within the field of nanomaterials, oral presentation and written report.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN!; 4,5 credits)
Project (PRO1; 1,5 credits)
Laboratory course (LAB1; 1,5 credits)

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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