School of Engineering and Technology, (SET)

AT81.12 : Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology  3(3-0)

The emerging field of nanoscience and nanotechnology is leading to a disruptive technological revolution. Nanotechnology promises potential to influence our future with diverse applications in consumer goods, electronics, computers, information and biotechnology, aerospace defense, energy, environment, and medicine. Practically all sectors of the economy is expected to be profoundly influenced by nanotechnology in the very near future.

Catalog Description:

Nanotechnology, nanomaterials, atoms, molecules & clusters, colloids, top down approach, bottom up approach, property changes with size scaling, synthesis of nanomaterials, applications of nanomaterials, sensors.



Course Outline:
I.      Introduction to Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology
1.      Perspectives of Nanotechnology
2.      History of nanomaterials
3.      The Business of Nanotechnology
4.      Some present and future applications of nanomaterials
II.    Atoms, clusters and nanomaterials
1.      Introduction
2.      What is so important about clusters?
III.   Preparation/Synthesis of nanomaterials
1.      Methods for creating nanostructures
2.      Processes for producing ultrafine powders
3.      Chemical Synthesis
4.      Physical Synthesis
5.      Biomimetic processes
IV.  Properties of materials due to the scaling of size
1.      NanoOptics
The Nano Perspective
The Surface Plasmon Resonance
Quantum Dots
Near-Field Microscopies         
Photonic Crystals
2.      NanoElectronics
The Nanoscale Electronics
The Current State of Microelectronics and Extensions to the Nanoscale
Nanotechnology-Based Strategies: Single-Electron Tunneling
Nanotechnology-Based Strategies: Molecular Wires
3.      NanoMagnetism
The Nano Perspective
Characteristics of Nanomagnetic Materials
Magnetization and Nanostructures
Physical Properties of Magnetic Nanostructures
4.      NanoMechanics
The Nano Perspective
Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
G. Louis Hornyak, Joydeep Dutta, Harry F. Tibbals, and Anil K. Rao
            Introduction to NanoScience, CRC press, 2008
G. Louis Hornyak, John J. Moore, Harry F. Tibbals, and Joydeep Dutta,
            Fundamental Nanotechnology, CRC press, 2008
Lecture Notes


Janos H. Fendler:
Nanoparticles and nanostructured films: preparation, characterization and applications, ISBN: 3527294430, Wiley VCH, (1998)
Kenneth J. Klabunde:
Nanoscale materials in chemistry, ISBN: 0471383953, Wiley, John & Sons, (2001)
Zhon Ling Wang:
Characterization of nanophase materials, ISBN: 3527298371, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH (2000)
Grading System:
The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts:
Mid-term exam (30%),
Final exam (50%), and
Assignments (20%).
Closed-book examination is used for both mid-term and final exam.