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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM124 Module Title: NANOMATERIALS
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3M56
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: WATTS JF Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Short course
Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment


Percentage weighting

Continuous assessment

Post-short course assessment package


Module Overview
This module presents a review of materials structured at the nanometric level. Characterisation at the nanoscale can be achieved by a variety of electron, ion beam and scanning probe methodologies and these, together with more specialist methods such as position sensitive atom probe and spectroscopic ellipsometry, are introduced. Nanoscale structure in metals, polymers and ceramics may have a marked influence on structure-property relationships with the possibility of providing behaviour not seen in coarser scale structures. In addition certain new classes of materials may be produced at this size level, for example Bucky Balls, nanotubes and a variety of colloidal structures.  The processing and applications of nanofluidics are also dealt with in some detail. The commercial perspective on the larger scale production of nanomaterials is given to illustrate the move from laboratory to plant.
Module Aims
This course aims to:
•           introduce the various classes of nanomaterials
•           consider bulk materials with a well defined and controlled nanostructure
•           discuss discrete materials produced by nanotechnology such as carbon nanotubes and self-assembled monolayers 

•           review the techniques required to analyse structures at the nanoscale

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course and associated assessment package, students will be able to:
•           demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the range and breadth of application of nanomaterials
•           review critically the potential impact, in all classes of materials, of the control of nanostructure
•           describe the methods for the chemical and nanostructural characterisation of such materials and select appropriate techniques for a range of situations
•           outline the nanotechnology production routes currently available

•           identify possible opportunities for nanomaterials in product development and enhancement

Module Content
The Nanoscene
SPM: The full range of nanotechniques and relationship to SEM
Surface Analysis        
3D atom probe           
Nanoceramic Materials
Nanotubes: Production to Application
Nanostructured Coatings for Wear Resistant Applications
Nanocomposites Review
Sol-gel hybrids
Nanotubes and Nanocomposites
Structure/Property Relationships in NanoPolymers
Field-Ion Emission and Liquid Metal Ion Sources
Applications of FIB Machines
Self Assembled Monolayers
Polymer Nanoparticles for Coatings and Adhesives
Nanoribbon synthesises in molecular mangles: Exploring the world of neglected dimensionsNanomaterials – the new commercialisation challenge
The future of nanoscience in the UK
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Intensive five-day teaching period including lectures, tutorials and problem solving sessions, followed by assessment package of a nominal 120 hours work, to be submitted within six months (part-time) or six weeks (full-time) of the end of the course week.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals


Required reading
Recommended background reading
The module is supported by extensive printed notes, including many references. Further recommended reading includes:
MITURA, S (editor) ‘Nanotechnology in Materials Science.' Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam, 2000.

YING, J.Y. (editor) 'Nanostructured Materials.' Academic Press, London, 2001.

Last Updated

29 April 2008