Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit, students will study many aspects of the structure and function of nanomaterials and small scale devices, together with contemporary fabrication techniques. Unit themes include: (a) nanomaterials synthesis and applications, and nanowires, (b) quantum effects in nanostructured materials, layered semiconductors and devices, (c) nanostructured interfaces and small scale devices, examining the "top-down" approach to fabrication, (d) introductory concepts in microfabrication, (e) MEMS and NEMS, (f) advanced lithographic techniques including photolithography, electron beam lithography, interference lithography, micro-contact printing and nano imprint lithography.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrian Abbey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (PHY2SCA and PHY2SCB) or (PHY2OPT, PHY2MOD and PHY2EMM)


Incompatible subjects PHY3SCA, PHY3SCB, PHY5NFA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrian Abbey

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
3-hour end-of-semester exam comprising short answer questions40
Four written reports (1000 words each) on laboratory activities60