Semester Offering: January

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 are expected to be profoundly influenced by nanotechnology in the very near future.


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




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. Nano Optics
    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


1. Introduction to NanoScience, (CRC Press of Taylor and Francis Group LLC), G. Louis Hornyak, Joydeep Dutta, Harry F. Tibbals and Anil K. Rao, May 2008, 856pp, ISBN-13: 9781420048056

2. Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (CRC Press of Taylor and Francis Group LLC), G. Louis Hornyak, John J. Moore, Harry F. Tibbals and Joydeep Dutta2008, 768pp, ISBN-13: 9781420048032

3. Course Lectures


1. Nanoparticles and nanostructured films: preparation, characterization and applications, Janos H. Fendler:, ISBN: 3527294430, Wiley VCH, (1998)

2. Nanoscale materials in chemistry, Kenneth J. Klabunde, ISBN: 0471383953, Wiley, John & Sons, (2001)

3. Characterization of nanophase materials, Zhon Ling Wang, ISBN: 3527298371, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH (2000)


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.