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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EEM.FNT
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SILVA SR Prof (Elec Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment




Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Written closed book examination









Module Overview
Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field, this module is designed to expose the students to five emerging areas.

Introduction to Nanotechnology



Module Aims

To provide students with an appreciation of current research topics in nanotechnology and an understanding of how research topics influence the development of the field.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students would be expected to:

(i)                 be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of four topics and

(ii)               demonstrate how the technical or devices aspects or implementation of a practical topic are related to fundamental science and engineering.


Module Content

In each of the topics below the fundamental scientific or engineering principles on


which they are  based are discussed and then extended to practical devices.




1.      MEMS and NEMS (Prof. R Silva – 10 lectures): Fundamentals of MEMS and NEMS design and processing, use in sensors, Microsystems technology and applications Mechanics on the nanoscale. 



2.      Energy (Dr M Shkunov - 10 lectures):  introduction to energy, fundamentals of solar cell structure and operation,  common solar materials including c-Si, a-Si, CIGS, organic materials, multi-junction structures.  Structure and operation of fuel cell.  Batteries and supercapacitors.  Current and future challenges.      




3.      Modelling on the nanoscale (Prof. O Hess  10 lectures):  nanomechanics,  computational nanoscale Fluid Mechanics,  nanothermodynamics: Nonlinear nanodynamics,  Theory of nanophotonics 




Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures: 30 hours lectures in total.


 Private study of specified articles
Selected Texts/Journals

Selected lecture notes and research papers.

Waser. R. (ed) Nanoelectronics and Information Technology:  Advanced Electronic Materials and Novel Devices (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2003)









Last Updated

30th July 2009