This topic will deal with the cutting edge use and application of the methods discussed in second year. The lectures will comprise examples focussed on the latest science in Nanotechnology, with most of the examples drawn from the scientific literature of the last four years. The topics will comprise:
Quantum Nanostructures: Revision of Quantum Modelling; Density of States; Nucleation and Growth of Nanoparticles; Quantum Dots & Nanoparticles; Quantum Dot devices; Quantised Conductance; Quantum Computing; Assembly of Nanoparticles; Nanotubes and Nanowires; and Single Molecule Magnets.
Nanomaterials and Interfaces: Tailored Interfaces and Switchable Surfaces; Nanocomposites; Sol-Gel Materials and Mesoporous Structures; Organic-Inorganic Hybrids; Copolymeric Membranes; Dendrimers and Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Nanostructures; Molecular Amplification; Core-Shell Materials; and Nanotube Devices.
Biosensors, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering: Bioconjugates; Immobilisation techniques; Transducers; DNA Wires; Aptamers; Materials in Medicine; Biomineralisation and Biomimetic Approaches; Thin films, grafts and coatings; Host Reaction to Biomaterials and Artificial Organs.
This topic aims to alert students of the functional materials and devices that can be fabricated on the nanoscale and importantly the special properties of these structures and their applications. Specifically, the aims of the topic are to help students: