Learning outcomes of the course unit
Provide an overview to help understand the state of the art and potential developments in the field of molecular nanotechnology. (1st and 2nd descriptor Dublin)
Provide an introduction to the skills needed to master and choose the most suitable experimental techniques, to conduct the experiments in partial autonomy, as well as to communicate and discuss the results correctly. (3rd, 4th and 5th descriptor Dublin)
Course contents summary
The course provides an introduction to the materials, techniques of investigation, and the main applications in the field of molecular nanotechnology. The theoretical approach is complemented by a large part of the course done in the laboratory.
Brief historical introduction (bottom-up approach vs. miniaturization)
(Nanotechnology was first Introduced in 1959, on a talk by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, Entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom")
electron microscopy SEM and TEM,
Scanning force microscopy,
advanced optical techniques,
other advanced spectroscopy (mainly neutron and X)
Nano-hazards, Nanosafety assessmements
"Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life" by Richard AL Jones (Oxford University Press) provides a qualitative and discursive introduction to the topic.
"Soft Condensed Matter" by the same author, provides an appropriate level of detail.
The website of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (U.S.) offers several suggestions: http://www.nano.gov/
Lecture notes and other materials will be provided during the year.
class teaching, integrated with laboratory practice
Assessment methods and criteria
written and oral examination