Credit points: 15
In this subject, students will be introduced to basic theoretical and practical aspects of a range of techniques used to characterise nanomaterials. Morphological, structural and compositional properties of nanomaterials will be explored. The laboratory component of the subject provides students with intensive instruction and hands-on experience in these techniques enabling them to use these techniques to address real world problems. Together with PHY2MOD, PHY3SYN, PHY3NMF and PHY3LAB, this combination will bring together discipline based knowledge and skills which will prepare students for a career in a nanotechnology related industry, or for honours and post-graduate research studies in physical sciences.
SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS
Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites PHY1SCA or PHY1SCB or PHY1LS or CHE1APL or CHE1GEN or CHE1CHF
Incompatible subjects PHY2IMG
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||An introduction to X-ray spectrometry||Recommended||R. Jenkins, 1974||Heyden|
|Readings||Elements of X-ray diffraction||Recommended||B. D. Cullity, 1977||Addison-Wesley|
|Readings||Fundamentals of energy dispersive X-ray analysis||Recommended||J.C. Russ, 1984||Butterworths|
|Readings||The image processing handbook||Recommended||J.C. Russ 1995||Boca Raton:CRC Press|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Diagrammatically represent, analyse and/or solve conceptual and numerical problems related to nanomaterials' characterisation.
- This activity includes training on image analysis. Students are assigned a set of image analysis tasks to perform using ImageJ software. Students work individually to prepare and submit a report via the LMS detailing their procedures and solutions to these tasks.
02. Develop hands-on experience in techniques used in nanomaterials characterisation following instrument manuals and/or standard operating procedure.
- Students complete a series of laboratory experiments of three hours duration each, and submit a report that indicates their ability to detail and assess experimental data. Students follow written and verbal laboratory instructions to conduct the experiments accurately and safely.
03. Critically review and analyse research data and interpret the results with reference to the scientific literature in order to develop appropriate conclusions and convey these in a written report.
- Students prepare an individual report in the style of an academic journal article which accurately describes the experiment, its findings and draws appropriate conclusions.
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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Seven 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
|2 hour end-of-semester written exam (2000 word equiv)||60||01, 03|
|Extended Lab report collated from multiple laboratory sessions (2000 word equiv)||Students characterise the physical properties of a nanomaterial sample using a range of techniques and present the findings in a written report in the format of a journal article.||30||02, 03|
|4 x Image analysis assignments (500 word equiv total)||10||01, 03|