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SK2757 Project on Nanomaterials 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 TNTEM programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2757 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course aims at giving students hands-on experience and chemistry lab practice on solution based chemical fabrication techniques for nanomaterials. Students (in teams of 2-3) will choose a topic among the available list of projects. This project begins with a comprehensive literature search on the fabrication and characterization of the selected material by conventional routes and advantages vs. disadvantages of the used methodologies: to be presented in the form of a written report.

Intended learning outcomes

This course will give hands on experience on bottom-up, solution based, synthesis techniques of nanomaterials and use of standard analytical tools for materials’ property evaluation.

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

  • Perform an extensive literature survey on the synthesis topic/material of choice.
  • Prepare a detailed report on the topic of synthesis/material.
  • Design their synthesis experiments for the targeted material of choice.
  • Explain the underlying chemical and physical principles of the selected/designed synthesis scheme.
  • Perform chemical stoichiometric calculation for the preparation of solutions.
  • Apply chemistry lab practices properly
  • Prepare a set-up for planned synthesis experiment.
  • Perform XRD analysis on the fabricated nanopowder.
  • Interpret XRD results and relate it to homogeneity of material.
  • Perform microstructure analysis on the fabricated nanopowder.
  • Perform thermal analysis on the fabricated nanopowder.
  • Interpret TGA thermogram, indicating corresponding physical changes.
  • Interpret DSC thermogram, indicating corresponding physical/chemical changes.
  • Perform UV-Vis measurements on the fabricated nanopowder (whenever relevant to the project).
  • Perform FTIR analysis on the fabricated nanopowder.
  • Interpret analysis results from an FT-IR spectrum.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Good knowledge about the physics and chemistry courses according to the study plan or corresponding background

Recommended prerequisites

Course IM2657 or an equivalent course on solution chemical synthetic techniques;

The course is not intended to provide training for the analytical tools. Required background and training have to obtained as a pre-requisite. Course IM2658 (going in parallel) or an equivalent course on analytical techniques for materials physicochemical property evaluation.


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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 Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRE1 - Final Presentation, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Report, 2.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

All parts are COMPULSORY to attend to receive a final grade.

Project Report, Lab Work and Final presentation

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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