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SK2775 Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy and Environment 7.5 credits

Introduction of Functional nanomaterials uses in Energy and sustainable engineering and the science behind

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2775 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Nanomaterials have revolutionized our lives. They can be made by adding nanoscale components into existing materials or by designing them on their own. This course will present nanomaterials for a number of different applications related to for example energy and environmental mitigation techniques, to show the multidisciplinary possibilities of nanomaterials. This course intends to build around the multidisciplinary field to provide sufficient knowledge to the learner in order to understand the promising nanotechnology applications in the nexus between Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. Main contents are:

  • Environmental effects of energy extraction, conversion and use
  • Sources of pollution from renewable and non-renewable energy technologies
  • Systems- clean/green energy technologies
  • Nanotechnology-Enabled Energy Harvesting for Self-Powered systems
  • Nanomaterials in catalysis, photovoltaics, hydrogen exploitation, fuel cells, batteries, and thermoelectricity
  • Insight into systems where nanotechnology are/can be used for sustainable development

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe nanostructures for energy-related applications such as solar cells, catalysis with a focus on photocatalysis, batteries, supercapacitors and water electrolysers
  • Explain beneficial effects of sustainable nanotechnology on climate change, improving our quality of life and promoting sustainable functional materials
  • Explain potential applications of nanomaterials for environmental improvement including air and water purification

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

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.

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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


  • ANN1 - Project and quiz, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Oral exam, 5.0 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.

• ANN1 - Project and Assignments, 2.5, grade scale: P, F

• TEN1 - Examination, 5.0, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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

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