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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5770M Nanomaterials

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Professor RM Brydson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective


The objective of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the properties and processing of inorganic nanomaterials, nanoparticles and thin films and how this leads to their potential applications in electronic, biomedical and structural applications.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- understand the principles behind the classification of nanomaterial structures and the fundamental reasons why they are of interest in terms of functional and structural properties;
- understand the principles governing a variety of preparative techniques which may be employed for the production of nanoparticles and bulk nanocrystalline and nanocomposite materials;
- understand the capabilities and practical application of a wide range of preparative techniques for the production of nanoparticles and bulk crystalline and nanocomposite materials;
- understand and be able to apply the physical properties underlying microstructural control in the preparation of nanoparticles and bulk nanocrystalline and nanocomposite materials;
- understand the potential property improvements which may be obtained via microstructural control on the nanometre scale and the novel properties which may be obtained only through nanostructured materials.


- Properties of nanomaterials and nanoparticulates: chemical behaviour and catalysis; physical and electronic behaviour; mechanical properties and microstructure-mechanical property relationships.- Production techniques for nanoparticle and nanomaterials: vapour deposition techniques, decomposition of supersaturated solid solutions and glass crystallisation, sol-gel methods, mechanical alloying and mechanical milling, nanoporous materials; agglomeration, sintering and microstructural stability in nanoparticles and nanomaterials; colloid science and colloidal nanoparticles.
- Metal nanoparticles: gold and silver sol synthesis and properties; catalysts.
- Carbon nanomaterials: nanotubes, fullerenes and graphene.
- Nanoparticles for electronic ceramics: hydrothermal, co-precipitation and vapor phase synthesis; applications.
- Nanoparticles for structural ceramics: nanoparticles and mechanical property improvements; thermal barrier coatings.
- Nanoparticles for biomaterials: particle design for drug delivery; magnetic particles and their encapsulation.
- Nanoparticles for biomaterials: hydroxy and fluoroapatite; hydrothermal synthesis; microemulsions; coatings; applications.
- Ferroelectric thin films: solution deposition, CVD, sputtering, pulsed laser deposition; MBE; interfacial phenomena; properties; applications.
- Photonic thin films: compositions and deposition methods; applications.
- Review of other film types.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours45.00
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent on-line blended learning which consolidates and extends the lecture material and allows students to assess their progress via integrated quizzes;
Revision of lecture material in preparation for exam (20 hours);
Pre-recorded online lectures (30 hours);
Research, web-site construction and report writing (70 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Performance in formative quizzes integrated into on-line learning resources and also given in tutorials and in coursework submissions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words30.00
Computer ExerciseWiki site design35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)65.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 2 hr 35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)35.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:30


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