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ME1612-10: Intro to Nanoscience and Technology
Responsible Instructor: Ir. J.J.L. Neve, Prof.dr. U. Staufer
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x: 0/0/4/0
Education Period: 3
Start Education: 3
Exam Period: 3, 4
Course Language: English
Required for: Micro and Nano Engineering
Expected prior knowledge: ME 1611 Physics for Mechanical EngineersŁ or equivalent.
Summary: Introduction into concepts, methods, instruments, and processes used in nanotechnology
Course Contents: Nanoscience is a relatively young discipline, which emerged from the analysis of basic physical, chemical and biological phenomena at the atomic to sub-micrometer scale range. By having investigated and explained fundamental questions, it broke ground for what is now often cited as being one of the most important areas for future technology developments. Based on nanoscientific concepts, new materials, processes, and devices are expected to emerge within the next few years. Nanoscience has developed its own professional jargon with expressions from its parent disciplines, which have to be know if one wants to communicate within the nanoscience community.
This course establishes this basic knowledge and introduces the major instruments and methods used in nanoscience and -technology. It thus lays the base for participating in the above mentioned developments. The following chapters will be treated:
The basics:
- Photon: the quantization of light
- de Broglie: Electrons behave like a wave
- Uncertainty principle
- Quantum mechanical tunneling
Seeing at the nanoscale:
- The scanning probe microscopes "SXM" and
- The electron microscopes TEM and SEM ;
Working material at the nanoscale:
- Surface modifications by means of SXM -> highly controlled, low throughput
- Bottom up synthesis by chemical means -> high throughput, challenging assembly
Carbon, the amazingly diverse building block:
- bottom up: the C-atom, hydro-carbons, C60, carbon nanotubes
- top down: diamond, graphite, graphene,
- Nanoparticles as artificial dyes
- Strong adhesive "Gecko"-tape
- Nano-clean surfaces
Study Goals: Upon a successful participation in this course, the student shall know and understand:
- The common expressions and concepts used in nanoscience and -technology,
- The instruments and methods used for measuring at the nanometer level.
- At least one method used for preparing nanomaterial (nanoparticles, -tubes, -wires, -rods etc.)
Education Method: Lectures supplemented by an optional lab-visit,
Active student participation: For each lecture, a team will be assigned to write a short summary and present it the following week
Literature and Study Materials: Presentation Slides and Hand-outs,
Protocols of the student teams
The book closest to the lecture is:
Chin Wee Shon, Sow Chorng Haur and Andrew TS Wee,
Science at the Nanoscale - An Introductory Textbook
Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore, 2010
ISBN: 13 978 981 4241 03 8
ISBN: 10 981 421 03 2
[Concise book with more details than I can cover during the lecture, includes exercises and indications for further readings]
E. Meyer, H.J. Hug and R. Bennewitz, Scanning Probe Microscopy - the lab on a tip,
Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 2004.
ISBN: 3 540 43180 2.
[Covers the most important aspects of nanotools, some topics of the course are not treated]
E. L. Wolf, Nanophysics and Nanotechnology,
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2004
ISBN 3 527 40407 4.
[Gives a good introduction to some aspects of nanotechnology, however does not cover the full course and not the full depth.]
Assessment: Written exam [oral exam if less than 15 candidates in one session]
Last modified: 18 November 2013, 16:30 UTC
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