3 x 50-minute lectures weekly 6 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
1 1 of CHEM1011, CHEM1102 2 2 of CHEM1201, ENGR1722, ENGR1208 Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CHEM3013, NANO8701 has been successfully completed
This topic deals with the fundamentals of fabrication and characterisation of two-dimensional structures at the nanoscale. Two approaches of fabrication are discussed, namely the 'top-down' approach and the 'bottom-up' approach. Topics covered will include:
Issues of scale in relation to nanotechnology
Contact angles and surface tension
Film growth and vacuum science
Physical vapour deposition (PVD), chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD)
Carbon nanotubes/graphene fabrication and applications
Patterning and lithography
Molecular imprinting methodologies and applications
Ellipsometry/ Quartz crystal microbalance
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning microscopes
Scanning tunnelling microscopy (SEM)/Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/ transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
The aim of this topic is to introduce students to the techniques of making and characterising two-dimensional structures on the nanoscale and help them appreciate the special properties and novel nanoscopic phenomena that these structures might have. The topic also introduces students to theories of more advanced instrumental techniques and how these are used to characterise particular types of nanomaterials and structures.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:
Understand changes in surface properties as decrease size of structures
Understand how to fabricate two-dimensional structures at the nanoscale
Understand various approaches required make patterned surfaces using both chemical and biological methods
Understand cutting-edge methods used to characterise both patterned and non-patterned two-dimensional structures
Have developed hands-on laboratory skills
Have an awareness of laboratory practice and the sensitivity of nanoscale structures
Have effective oral, written and interpersonal communicators to a wide range of audiences
Appreciate the value of research and the pursuit of ongoing professional development
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2019 are no longer published.
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