SK2772 Chemistry for Nanotechnology 5.0 credits

Kemi för nanoteknik

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 SAP for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (5.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Muhammet Toprak <>

  • Teacher

    Muhammet Toprak <>

  • Target group

    Only SAP-students. Students from UCAS only.

    Material Science background

  • Application

    Apply for this course at through this application link.
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Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Describe fundamental thermodynamic parameters for chemical processes and their interrelation
  • Explain enthalpy driven processes vs entropy driven processes
  • Describe precipitation process and explain underlying principles for size and morphology control
  • Apply solution chemical processes for nanomaterial fabrication, directional etching/deposition
  • Recognize the risks of handling chemicals with various degrees of content and strength

Course main content

An essential pre-requisite nanotechnology research area is the reliable synthesis/fabrication routes to well defined nanostructures/nanoparticles, their modification and functionalization as well as their organization into larger hierarchical and functional structures.

This module/ course aims at introducing the fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics in solution phase nanofabrication processes. Definitions and calculations using the concepts of Enthalpy (H), Entropy (S) and Gibbs Free Energy (G) will be discussed and their role on reactions will be investigated with examples. Basic chemical calculations, dissolution vs. precipitation processes will be investigated from solubility equilibrium aspects. As a common route to substrate processing electrochemical processes, aka redox reactions, along with the governing principles will be introduced. Electro-less, electrochemical and electrophoretic processes will be discussed. Examples on the control and use of electrochemical processes on the directional, or selective, etching or deposition will be presented. Some common clean room substrate treatment processes will be discussed emphasizing the type and risks associated with the chemicals used.


Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials science, Chemistry or equivalent, including courses in mathematics corresponding to at least 20 ECTS credits and courses in physics corresponding to at least 30 ECTS credits.


Nanomaterials and Nanochemistry,  C. Brechignac P. Houdy M. Lahmani (Eds.), ISBN 978-3-540-72992-1 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York (available on line at the following address:

Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials by Geoffrey A Ozin, ISBN: 9781847558954, RSC Publishing

• Lecture notes and reference literature.


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

All assignments and exam are obligatory for completion of the course.

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Muhammet Toprak (


Muhammet Toprak <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2018.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2018.